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Plain White T’s

Deborah Kennedy

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 21, 2018

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One word, three syllables: Delilah. Some of you may be thinking of the radio program, “Delilah After Dark.” We’d be willing to bet, though, that most of you are probably already singing the Plain White T’s No. 1 hit from 2007, “Hey There Delilah” which earned the foursome from Lombard, Illinois two Grammy nominations and made them a household name.

The Plain White T’s, who will be at Piere’s Entertainment Center Wednesday, June 27 at 7 p.m., did not stop with Delilah. And they didn’t start with her, either. They actually began as a punk act, performing mostly in suburban Chicago basements, clubs and bars until 1999 when lead singer Tom Higgenson was injured in a car crash and decided to take a more serious approach in his songwriting.

After that, the band put out the albums Come On Over and Stop, the latter of which caught the ears of Fearless Records. Next up came All That We Needed and Every Second Counts. Every Second featured “Hey There Delilah” with the benefit of a string section, and pop music history was made.

Since then, the Plain White T’s have put out three more albums and toured the world with the likes of Panic! at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional and The Cab. And they’ve continued to grow as artists, preferring to produce their own work rather than bend to the will of a label. One word, one syllable: nice

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