For anyone looking for a nostalgic musical experience, Summerland Tour 2012 features five very popular 90’s bands. The tour has enlisted Sugar Ray, Lit, Everclear, Marcy Playground, and Gin Blossoms in a nationwide tour that kicked off on June 28, 2012 in Saratoga, California. These bands sustained most their success in the 90s and early 2000s but still have a strong enough following to put together a successful tour.
Sugar Ray is a band from Orange County, California that had three very successful studio albums from 1997 through 2001. They had numerous hit singles such as “Fly,” “Every Morning,” “Someday” and “When it’s Over.” With two multi-platinum albums and one gold album under their belt the band began to lose its popularity later into the 2000s. They released their last album, “Music for Cougars,” in 2009. Since then the lead singer of the band, Mark McGrath, has moved on as co-host of the television show Extra.
Lit is also a band based out of California. They became widely popular with the release of their 1999 album “A Place in the Sun.” The super successful single “My Own Worst Enemy” was number one on the U.S. Modern Rock Track chart for almost three months. They also produced the singles “Miserable” and “Zip Lock.” On June 19, 2012 they released a new album called “The View From the Bottom.” The album has not received much commercial success and reviews have been mixed.
Everclear is a rock band based out of Portland, Oregon. The group has had multiple platinum albums, with its most popular being the double platinum “So Much For the Afterglow.” It featured the widely popular singles “Father of Mine,” “Everything to Everyone,” and “I Will Buy You a New Life.” They followed that album up with “Song from an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile,” which featured the hit single “Wonderful”. On June 26, 2012 they released a new album, “Invisible Stars.” The album has produced a single, “Be Careful What You Ask For.”
Marcy Playground has seen less commercial successful than the other bands on the tour. They had one self-titled album that produced the wildly popular hit single “Sex and Candy.” They followed up this album with four commercially unsuccessful albums throughout the 2000s. They do have a new album released digitally on June 26, 2012 and on CD on July 17, 2012 called “Lunch, Recess & Detention.”
Gin Blossom is a rock band based out of Tempe, Arizona. They received huge success with their multi- platinum 1992 album “New Miserable Experience.” This album featured the widely popular single “Hey Jealousy”. They also were successful with the single “Follow You Down” on their album “Congratulations I’m Sorry.” They released their last album in 2010.
The tour is receiving relatively positive reviews from its first couple of shows. The Orange County Register said that the venue was relatively full with about 6,000 people attending. The venue, the Greek, holds approximately 6,500 people. The Register described the performances as “spirited, not-sad-at-all sets from four of the five bands made the night, well, fun…”
Summerland Tour 2012 is making stops through the United States until it wraps up on August 11, 2012 in Laughlin, NV at the Edgewater Casino. Along the way they are making many stops at venues such as: PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, OH; Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA; Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY; PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ; Revel Ovation Center in Atlantic City, NJ; and the Bank of American Pavilion in Boston, MA.
If you are looking for a fun, nostalgic blast from the past check out the Summerland Tour 2012 website to see if the tour is making stops near you.