You may have been born in the 1980s, but your path to nostalgia-town starts right here. Mega-selling 90s alt-rockers and onetime radio staples Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit, Marcy Playground and the Gin Blossoms are teaming for a summer tour dubbed Summerland 2012 that promises “1,000 hits for $40.”
That’s right, rock fans. All hits, all the time, just like the 2000s never happened. And while no Canadian dates so far appear among the 25 confirmed at the tour’s official website, a road trip to Detroit or Atlantic City seems wholly justified, especially in July.
In a video announcing the tour and posted (where else?) on YouTube, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath and Everclear’s Art Alexakis make the announcement.
“Art called me about a year ago,” McGrath begins, “And said, ‘Mark, what do you think about getting some of the best bands of the 90s together, playing under the stars in the summer skies, and playing all the hits that everybody out there enjoys?’ I said, ‘What a great idea.’
“And then Art said, ‘What do you think of the Gin Blossoms?’ I said, ‘What a good idea.’ He goes, ‘How about Lit?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Marcy Playground?’ I said, ‘I’m in.’ And of course his band Everclear and my band, Sugar Ray. What is that, 1,000 hits? For $40? You kidding me?”
And so it begins though one wonders where the heck Third Eye Blind, Better Than Ezra and Semisonic are in this scheme… not too busy, surely. Anyway, things kick off June 28 in Saratoga, California. Cool. Check out the tour announcement video below and, if you dare, trip down memory lane with hits from all five bands.
But remember, it wasn’t all rosy back in the 90s. Cell phones were uncommon and Facebook and texting didn’t exist. And people still wore flannel as a fashion statement… (shudder) though The Simpsons was still funny. Oh well.