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The Show (U.S. band)

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Genres  Rock, Hip-hop/rap
Albums  Debt, Sweat & Tears, The Show (Live at Le China)
Record labels  The Show, Virgin Records Canada, Ainsworth/ Mitchell
Similar  J‑Luv, Snow, Ian Thornley

The Show is a band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band is best known for the singles "I Don't Mind" and "To Save My Soul" from their 2009 debut LP Here's to Your Jigsaw, and also for their single "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (2013).



Johnny Saint-Lethal and Brandon Mitchell formed The Show in 2007 while on tour in New York City. The original lineup consisted of Saint-Lethal (lead vocals, guitar), Mitchell (guitar, backing vocals), Jeffery "Jeff Bets" Betten (bass guitar), and Joshua Kranitz (drums).

The Show performed its first concert at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA with Pittsburgh natives Johnny & the Razorblades. The band then toured small venues in the Northeast, while recording their debut album at Treelady Studios.

In 2009, The Show was selected as a Musician's Atlas Spotlight Artist, and they received moderate Internet Radio rotation with "Flying Pig". They also released their debut LP, Here's to Your Jigsaw. "To Save My Soul" received college and indie airplay across the country, while "Black & Blue" and "I Don't Mind" received light commercial rotation.

Early in 2010, the band learned that "I Don't Mind" and "To Save My Soul" had been picked up in heavy rotation on several stations in Western Europe, especially in the U.K. Both singles charted in the Top 100 in Europe: "I Don't Mind" (EUR Indie #92), and "To Save My Soul" (EUR Indie #97). Based on this, The Show did a three-week/fifteen-date tour in the U.K. and Ireland in April 2010, selling out venues in Liverpool, Manchester, London and Dublin. The Show then landed support spots on several one-offs and tours for School of Seven Bells, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, C.J. Ramone of the Ramones, and Miniature Tigers. The band did a proper U.S. tour in 2011, before returning to Pittsburgh to headline the Rock United Charity Festival.

After supporting Filter on several dates in 2012, the band learned that lead vocalist Johnny Saint-Lethal had been diagnosed with leukoplakia and tumors on his vocal cords. They were forced to cancel their remaining performance dates.

In early 2013, The Show announced that Saint-Lethal had made a full recovery, and the band opened for Soul Asylum in Pittsburgh as their first show back. After a lineup change, they supported Murals, before returning to Pittsburgh for their sold out Fifth Anniversary Concert at the Rex Theater. The Show then began working on a limited edition EP, as well as additional material, with Matthew Vaughan at 20 Cedar Studios. Their single "Don't Ask Don't Tell" was also used by the Matthew Shepard Foundation to raise money for charity.

...until you know what it's like to stand where there is no ground., the new EP from The Show was released on vinyl and digitally on April 29, 2014. The album charted on the CMJ Charts, and was Top 5 in many U.S. markets. The Show played several festivals throughout the year, and co-headlined at the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock in August. They continued on to play at Music Week in Austin 2015, a Southern U.S. Spring 2015 Tour, and the NXNE Official Showcase in Toronto.

The Show finished recording their next two full length albums in Pittsburgh in 2015, titled Mantra and Threadbare. Mantra is set to be released in 2016, and Threadbare in 2017.

On December 1, 2016, their debut album "Here's To Your Jigsaw" independently sold its 25,000th copy according to the band's official verified Facebook Page.


The Show's current lineup consists of Johnny Saint-Lethal (lead vocals, guitar), Brandon Mitchell (guitar, backing vocals), Jake Stretch (drums), and Jacob Rieger (bass guitar). Earlier in 2016, Touchtunes accepted "Don't Ask Don't Tell" into their network and titled The Show one of their Breakout Bands for consideration.

Releasing two new singles, "Sunglasses", and "I Would", to College and Independent Radio, as well as YouTube only, the band is raising awareness for local Pittsburgh non-profit, Creative.Life.Support. Each video had over 8,000 views in its first month of release with no promotion.

The band will tour and showcase across the U.S. West Coast in June 2016, and continue on to the U.S. East Coast in October 2016, based on their Official Website, and will perform Breast Cancer Fundraising Concerts in Philadelphia, New York City, Brooklyn, Asbury Park, Washington DC, Buffalo, and Boston.

Former members

  • Jeffery "Jeff Bets" Betten – bass guitar (2007–2009, 2011)
  • Joshua Kranitz – percussion (2007–2012)
  • Andrew Abboushi – bass guitar, keys (2009)
  • Christian Junker – bass guitar (2009–2010)
  • Kris Corona – bass guitar (2009–2011)
  • Jordan McLaughlin – bass guitar (2009, 2011)
  • Kyle Dippold – percussion (2010–2011)
  • Mason Callender – bass guitar (2011)
  • Nicholas Meziere – bass guitar (2011–2012)
  • Geoff Tomes – percussion (2011–2012)
  • Terry Brown – bass guitar (2012)
  • Michael Ward – bass guitar (2012–2014)
  • Matthew Vaughan – percussion (2012–2014)
  • Wills Butler – percussion (2014)
  • Zach Seeber – bass guitar (2014)
  • Jake Stretch – drums (2014-2016)
  • Jacob Reiger – bass guitar (2014-2016)
  • Studio albums

  • Here's to Your Jigsaw, Activate Records (2009)
  • EPs

  • ...Until You Know What It's Like To Stand Where There Is No Ground. (2014)
  • Sunglasses / I Would (Single, YouTube and Radio Only) (2016)
  • Future albums (Currently in label negotiations)

  • (As-of-Now-Untitled EP, 6 songs, (Scheduled for early-2017, Vinyl, DL, and CD)
  • Mantra, not yet released (scheduled for mid-2017)
  • Threadbare, not yet released (scheduled for early-2018)
  • Songs

    We Need Sound2013
    Never Take Us Alive2013
    Amelia Earhart2014


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