It will be a 90s throwback summer with Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge kicking off the Summerland 2013 Alternative Guitars Tour at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers, FL on May 29!
After a hugely successful trek last year, Everclear frontman, Art Alexakis says the bands will hit more than 30 US cities with an extremely edgier show.
“Last year’s Summerland was a blast,” Alexakis tells Gulf Coast Times. “This year we’ve brought a decidedly edgier flavor bill to satisfy all of the fans of 90s rock and roll out there. It’s going to be an amazing summer night every night with four bands that have a lot of viable and hit songs. We are bringing short sets, lots of great hit songs and lots of fun. It’ll be a blast!”
The 2012 Summerland Tour hit the road with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. Rumor has it, a new line-up was cast citing that Sugar Ray’s frontman Mark McGrath had “some different ideas about what the tour is about.”
However, Alexakis says, “I never intended on doing the same bands two years in a row. When I reached out to Mark to partner with me last year, I told him the angle I wanted Summerland to take and if it worked out let’s do it again. But it just happened that he wanted to do the same thing and I wanted to do something different. I’ve always wanted to do something more guitar centric. I’m a rocker and that’s what I like. I like heavy, melodic rock music.”
And that’s just what fans will get! With songs like Father of Mine, Santa Monica, Lightning Crashes, I Alone, Hey Man, Nice Shot, Take a Picture, Plowed and Molly being played night in and night out by Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge, the Summerland 2013 Tour will give music fans an entirely different experience.
“This tour is about bringing music to the people,” he adds. “It’s about traveling back into the 90s with a jam-packed show of music, a lot of entertainment, shows that will be more visceral, more dimensional and more exciting because its meant to entertainment and move our fans.”
Everclear has sold more than 9 million albums globally and remain a potent force on the touring circuit. On the fifth version of the band in terms of key members, Alexakis remains the only member from the classic lineup. He says the transition has been “pretty organic, almost natural” since musical chemistry, passion and great playing skills are there.
“The band I have now is far more superior to any band I’ve ever had before both in the way of chemistry and the wide ability to play. We understand that music is about the people coming to the show, the excitement, the enthusiasm and the heart and soul of seeing something live. Everclear has always been pretty ferocious live, and that’s what the tour is all about bringing that out in all the bands,” Alexakis says.
Live is back touring with their signature spiritual sound headed up by new lead singer, Chris Shinn, formerly of Unified Theory. The band has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and is working on new songs infused with the same poetry, power, and passion that have always been a favorite of their rabid fan base.
Brandishing an extensive body of material spanning five albums and several motion picture soundtrack contributions, Filter took the world by surprise with a stereophonic assault of hurtling drum machine-generated beats, raw guitar riffs and great vocals. The bands sixth studio album The Sun Comes Out Tonight is slated for a June 2013 release and will feature Filter’s hallmark genre-bending fusion of electronic, rock and industrial music.
Sponge went Top 5 on the charts in the 90s with their catchy hooks and bone crunching riffs. The band went platinum on their debut album, Rotting Piñata and are one of the most sought after live acts around.
Summerland 2013 Alternative Guitars commences on May 29th in Fort Myers, FL and rocks all the way to the end of July with a date at St. Louis, MO’s River City Casino on July 27th. Everclear Summerland VIP packages are also available including great tickets, a meet and greet, an acoustic performance, exclusive merchandise and much more.
“The tour is looking back to a time when radio was still exciting, and guitar-based rock music could still get on the waves,” says Alexakis. “It’ll be a trip down memory lane that’s going to be a lot of fun, for the bands and for the fans.”
- For more information on the Summerland 2013 Alternative Guitars Tour or to purchase tickets, visit www.summerlandtour.net!