“Music Monday” All-American Rejects Part 2 (“Finding Satisfaction in Life”)

The All-American Rejects Music Interview Tyson Ritter Full Band only on The Artist Spotlight

The All-American Rejects – The Last Song

The All-American Rejects – It Ends Tonight

I got to go hear the All-American Rejects in Little Rock on 12-13-12. Here are some of my reactions.

Tyson Ritter admitted that he lost his way after the 2008 cd came out and he spent a couple of years in LA searching for happiness through multiple relationships with women but that didn’t work out and he found no satisfaction. Let me suggest finding your satisfaction through Christ. Below are some very popular songs on this same subject.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / U2

The Rolling Stones Satisfaction (rare)


If you want to see the path that Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope of the rock group Kansas took to find true satisfaction then listen to their song “Dust in the Wind” and then read their testimony at this link Tom Brady , Coldplay, Kansas, Solomon and the search for satisfaction (part 3) .

Kansas – Dust In The Wind

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Music video by Kansas performing Dust In The Wind. (c) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.


This sermon can be listened to online at http://www.fellowshiponline.com/resources/sermons/

Concerning Philippians 4:10-23 Brandon comments:

Paul is reminding us that in every circumstance and in everything he has gone through that his satisfaction is found deeply in Christ. You think about this guy who is writing from prison. He is in this prison cell and it is a hardship in his life, but him of all people is saying that “I am writing to you but I am content and I am satisfied.” That is a statement you don’t hear from a lot of people these days… A lot of people are discontent and dissatisfied… Think about the poets from your generation or the generation before us. How about the deep theologians called “The Rolling Stones.” Remember them. They wrote this song “I can’t get no satisfaction.” And you what they say after that phrase? “And I try and I try and I try.” I am not sure how deep most of their lyrics are, but they voice the cry of many people. “I can’t get no satisfaction and I try and I am trying and I am trying.”

What about one of those other poets by the name of Bono who wrote a song called, “I still haven’t found what I am looking for.” It is interesting. “I still haven’t found what I am looking for.” It has a nice melody to it but there is probably a reason why it is so popular because there is a lot of people deep down in their soul feel like they haven’t found what they are looking for.

It is true. What is so funny to me is that what is so desired is so elusive. What is so longed for, people want to be content and satisfied, you want to be content with who you are and what you have and where you live but the reality of it is THAT IS NOT THE CASE IN YOUR LIFE. THAT IS NOT THE CASE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. A matter of fact in our notes I ask this question: WHY ARE MOST PEOPLE DISATISFIED AND DISCONTENT IN THIS LIFE? It is running rampant. People are longing for, desiring for and chasing after, they want so desperately to be content, to be satisfied with what they have, with who they are, with where they are. Yet the reality is for a lot of people who is not happening and it creates frustration in us and anger in us and sadness in us and loneliness in us.

Why? Some people say they are not compensated enough or not treated fairly enough, or not talented enough, or not attractive enough, or not rewarded enough, or not recognized enough. The list goes on and on and on.

The interesting thing is that even when you feel like you get some contentment in your life there is always a desire for more. It is never enough. Quite frankly some people achieve the american dream and they still want more!!!


Our deepest satisfaction is found in Christ.

Today’s scripture reading was:

Philippians 4:10-23

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God’s Provisions

 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak [a]from want, for I have learned to be [b]content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things [c]through Him who strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless, you have done well to share with mein my affliction. 15 You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the [d]first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the [e]profit which increases to your account. 18 But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am [f]amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus [g]what you have sent, [h]a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply [i]all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory [j]forever and ever. Amen.

 21 Greet every [k]saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the [l]saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.

 23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christbe with your spirit.


Band members

Ritter in 2006

Tyson Ritterlead vocals, bass guitar, piano (1999–present)

  • Tyson Jay Ritter, born April 24, 1984 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is co-founder of The All-American Rejects. Ritter splits his time between his homes in New York, California and Florida. While he considers Santa Rosa Beach, Florida to be his primary residence, business requires he spend the majority of his time at his LA-area home. Aside from his role in the band, Ritter has worked as a film and television actor. He performed as himself in the American television medical drama House M.D., appearing in the episode “Fetal Position” which aired April 3, 2007 on the Fox Network.[36] He also appeared with his other band members in television series Smallville season six episode 3, titled “Wither”, performing “It Ends Tonight“. He also appeared in his first film, The House Bunny, in 2008. In June 2010, Tyson Ritter sung a duet with R&B singer Timbaland with the song “I’m in Love With You”. The song features as a bonus track on Timbaland’s EP Shock Value II: The Singles.Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler also cowrote “Put Me Back Together” for Weezer’s 2010 “Raditude” Album. Tyson Ritter started his own charity called “Don’t Hate On Haiti” to raise money to get water to the people in Haiti, by designing a t-shirt. He is very passionate about Haiti, as he has stated in many interviews and on his personal Twitter account. At Warped Tour 2010, he “sold his body” to raise money, by taking pictures, giving autographs, sidestage passes and even kisses for donating money. In June 2011 he began a campaign for Haiti that entails him keeping silent for 30 days. Many people have began to sponsor his silence by giving money for every day he keeps quiet.[37] “In the end, we’re just a band, close friends, who care deeply about what we do,” says Tyson.

Nick Wheelerlead guitar, backing vocals (1999–present)

  • Nickolas (Don) Von Wheeler was born on March 20, 1982 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and lived there until moving to his current residence in Destin, Florida. He is a co-founder of The All-American Rejects and is the lead guitarist and backing vocals for the band.

Mike Kennertyrhythm guitar, backing vocals (2002–present)

  • Michael Brian Kennerty, born on July 20, 1980, in Houston, Texas, grew up and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. He joined the All-American Rejects in 2002 after The All-American Rejects had been completed. Kennerty is a founding member and guitarist of the punk band “These Enzymes”, along with bandmate and drummer, Chris Gaylor. The side project was started after a 2003 tour in England, and includes other members Neil Rubenstein and Andrew Palmer.[38] He produced and played guitar on Ben Weasel‘s album These Ones Are Bitter. He is also the owner of Edmond Records, which specializes in colored vinyl pressings, including Ben Weasel’s latest album.

Chris Gaylordrums, percussion (2002–present)

  • Christopher James Gaylor, born April 11, 1979, lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. After joining the band in 2002, Gaylor has added a muscular edge to the band’s drums. Gaylor is a co-founding member and drummer of “These Enzymes”, and played drums on the Ben Weasel album These Ones Are Bitter.

[edit] Touring members

  • Timothy Jordan IIkeyboards, guitar, backing vocals (2005)
  • Nick Foxer – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals (2006)
  • Kevin Saulnier – keyboards, guitar, percussion, backing vocals (2006-2011)
  • Butch Walker – bass guitar, backing vocals (2006)
  • Ethan Novak – bass guitar, backing vocals (2008-2011)
  • Matt Rubano – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Scott Chesak – keyboards, backing vocals (2011–present)

[edit] Equipment

Using mainly Fender and Gibson guitars, The All-American Rejects use numerous models. The band uses Sennheiser microphones, Ernie Ball guitar strings, and Dunlop Picks.

Lead singer and bassist Tyson Ritter uses two models of Fender; one is a Black P-Bass, and the other model is the recently discontinued Jaguar Bass. Ritter also uses Gibson models, including the Gibson Thunderbird and the Epiphone Flying V.[39]

The lead guitarist of The All-American Rejects, Nick Wheeler, primarily uses Gibson guitars. Wheeler’s main guitar is the Gibson Firebird. He primarily uses a Vintage Sunburst Firebird V. Wheeler owns a rare cherry Firebird VII, which he no longer uses for live shows, as well as a custom Firebird, which is painted in blue glitter. He owns eight Firebirds overall. He also uses a Classic Gibson Firebird. Wheeler frequently uses a Gibson ES-335. This guitar is notably used live for the intro of “Top of the World”, taking the place of the classical guitar originally used in the “Top of the World” recording. It is also commonly used in the songs “It Ends Tonight”, “Real World”, “Stab My Back”, “My Paper Heart”, “Gives You Hell” and “Dance Inside”. Another guitar that Wheeler favors is the Gibson EDS-1275 doubleneck guitar, which he uses live on “The Wind Blows”. He has also been known to occasionally use the Gibson Flying V, namely for the performing “The Last Song” live.[40][41]

Rhythm guitarist Mike Kennerty has used the Gibson SG since joining the band, and also uses Washburn Guitars. Another guitar that Kennerty favors is the PRS Guitars Mira X which came out in early 2009.[42][43]

Chris Gaylor, drummer for the band, uses Remo heads for his drums. Gaylor used to endorse Tama drums, but now he endorses C&C drums. He has a set with a Rootbeer Sparkle wood finish, as well as an acrylic kit. Gaylor’s most-current set-up contains seven drums. He uses a 12×7 rack tom, 14×10, 16×12, and 18×14 floor toms, a 14×6.5 Nickel-Over-Brass snare, a 12×7 effects snare, and a 24×16 bass drum. Gaylor uses Tama hardware.

Also, Gaylor uses Vater Universal drumsticks, and his cymbals are Sabian. His hi-hats are Sabian 14-inch HHX Evolution. His 3 crashes he uses are an 18 inch HHXplosion crash, a 19 inch AAXplosion crash, and a 20-inch HHX stage crash. Gaylor also uses 22-inch HH Power Bell ride cymbal. Gaylor also includes an LP cowbell in his set. The drummer also uses an Alesis ADAT HD24 for recording purposes.[12][44]

[edit] Discography

Studio albums

[edit] Awards and nominations



[edit] External links

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