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Tell Me / A little Q&A

With a single soaring up the Billboard Hot 100 charts, Geneva-born band Gym Class Heroes is on the cusp of greatness. Last week the band finished its first major headlining tour -- the Daryl Hall for President tour -- and this summer will be opening for Gwen Stefani on an arena tour of Australia.

In between the two tours, the band is playing a few shows on its own, including a stop at 7 tonight in Evolution Entertainment Complex, 2094 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga. Drummer and Gym Class Heroes co-founder Matt McGinley checked in from the road before a recent show in New Orleans.

>Is playing in Buffalo a little bit of a homecoming for you and your band?

In a way -- when we were first getting scouted, Travis [McCoy] and I went to a Fall Out Boy show in Buffalo, where we got to meet the band. Pete [Wentz] from Fall Out Boy was an integral part of getting us signed to his label.

>Meet anyone interesting now that you're headlining?

I met this dude, Murs, this MC from California that I'd been into, and now we're planning some collaborations. He's always been someone I've really been interested in, someone who's got a similar style. To meet people that you were a fan of, that's really awesome.

>How has being a headliner and touring larger venues changed the way you perform?

It hasn't really changed, but we've stepped the stage show up a bit. . . . We've been a group that puts a lot of emphasis on playing live -- that's part of the reason we signed with our label, because they knew it was important for us to go out there and play live.

>How will the Buffalo show be different now that you're coming off a tour and preparing for an arena tour?

This tour, with Gwen, will be our first arena tour. Arenas are new to us, even in the states. It's kind of cool, because at first it's intimidating, but it's a good steppingstone. The thing is with GCH is that if it was up to us, we'd never play arenas. We feed off the energy of the kids at the show.

-- Evan Parker Pierce, Special to The News

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