Bands Like Rise Against Record There, but Why Is The Blasting Room in Fort Collins?
ON-AIR WITH SHELBY | It's because of The Blasting Room Studios that the guys in Rise Against eat Big City Burrito, drink Mugs coffee and stay at the Armstrong Hotel; it's why Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio hung at Surfside 7 and got burned by jalapenos at an Old Town taco truck. It's the also reason why I didn't have to explain to Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 where Fort Collins is.
But, how did The Blasting Room get here... and why Fort Collins of all places? Because it was the porridge that was 'just right,' according to owner Bill Stevenson, who opened the studio in Fort Collins 25 years ago.
Bill Stevenson talks recording with Alkaline Trio, Surfside 7 and jalapenos that are too spicy:
For those who know who of The Blasting Room's owner, Bill Stevenson, you know he's been the drummer of the Descendents for about 40 years (he's been a member since he was 15 years old), along with Black Flag, ALL and Only Crime. He and Jason Livermore are both owners of the studio Stevenson started with the members of ALL in 1994, and work with studio staff Andrew Berlin, Chris Beeble and Jonathan Luginbill.
Listen below to hear how a punk rock group made Fort Collins' recording studio, and how its longtime relationship with Rise Against began.
On Saturday, November 23, The Blasting Room will be celebrating 25 years in Fort Collins with a sold-out show, featuring Rise Against, ALL and more at Washington's FoCo. Below, Stevenson talks about the lineup and getting the show together.
If you got your tickets to the 25th anniversary show this Saturday, you're a fortunate one, because it sold out quickly. But, that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep your eyes out for members of Rise Against in town in the near future... they may be back soon.