Rehab's Danny Boone: "Everybody's Thought 'Whore' at One Time or Another"

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By Caleb Haley

Usually it happens this way in the music industry: A band comes together based on its talent and, eventually, drugs and alcohol get in the way, tour dates get canceled, and members go their separate ways into substance-abuse rehabilitation and counseling. Rock/hip-hop group Rehab took the opposite route; they were formed inside a rehab center.

Led by singer Danny Boone, Rehab has played music they love (and some they hate) across multiple genres for more than a decade, finding success with jukebox sing-along anthems that support deeper, more personal stories. Their upcoming tour and album, Whore, looks to hook the next generation of Rehab fans. In the meantime, we talked to Boone about the band's new album, his current state of mind, and how he manages to keep his music fresh.

Rehab is scheduled to play Tuesday, May 7, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.

What do you consider to be the band's most complete work to date?

My favorite -- and I guess the most popular one -- still is Southern Discomfort.

How do you work to appeal to the younger generations with every album as you get older?

I don't really worry about it too much, but there is obviously a desire in every artist to appeal on a mass level. I don't know. We just kind of keep it fresh by using different producers and getting a different take on the music.

When I first started, I just did hip-hop and was just a hip-hop artist. Jumping around on [Whore], we have DJ Burn One who did stuff, and he's working with Jeezy now. So you know, through the producer you get different vibes about what to do. The new album we [have] is kind of going back to Southern Discomfort stuff . . . a little more hip-hop shit.

As compared to your last two albums, Gullible's Travels and Welcome Home?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Gullible's Travels and Welcome Home, you know those albums . . . We were signed to Universal and they were pushing us to do country music.

Which we [weren't] crazy about that idea. Actually, we hated it. But we signed and we were on the road and it was like, "Let's keep our job and let's do this. Let's write and, you know, it might blow up," you know what I mean?

So we did that and they called and said, "Just keep it simple," and we said, "Okay." The "Sittin' at a Bar" thing definitely [influenced that], with them putting what they did into it. I think it was the path of least resistance for them as far as plugging it into places, but it wasn't where our heart was. I think that kind of reflected in the albums.

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Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

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