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Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit,Marcy Playground, Gin Blossomstour. Yes, really!

Prince will be touring very soon and no doubt encouraging us all to party like it’s 1999, but tour promoters don’t need any encouragement to get all pre-millennial with their parties.

This strange time-warped year has already seen Australian venues host tours by Aqua, Vengaboys, Crazy Town and Coal Chamber and the madness doesn’t end there with Hanson, Reef, Eiffel 65, N-Trance, Bell Biv DeVoe, Ginuwine, S Club 7, Def FX and East 17 all booked in to play shows for their heavily mortgaged fans in the coming months. Hell, even our biggest festivals regressed a few decades with Soundwave bringing us Limp Bizkit; Soundgarden headlining Big Day Out; and Splendour booking The Smashing Pumpkins to close the 2012 show.

However all of this ‘90s retromania pales into in comparison against the Summerland 2012 tour that’s about to work its way around the States with a lineup that reads like the side of the pencil case your sister used in 1998 – Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit, Marcy Playground and Lou Barlow’s guilty favourites Gin Blossoms. (It looks like Harvey Danger didn’t return the promoters phone calls.)

In case you’ve forgotten about (or never heard of) these bands the tour poster helpfully reminds us of the hits that you’ll get to hear on the tour such as I Will Follow You But I Need a New Life, Everything To Everyone, When It’s Over, Father Of Mine, Santa Monica, Fly, Every Morning, Found Out About You, My Own Worst Enemy, Someday, Hey Jealousy, Follow You Down and, of course, Sex and Candy.

Tickets for the time-warped tour are on sale now and for just $275 (which should be more than enough cash to buy the back-catalogues of all five bands at your local Cash converters) you can also get an “Exclusive Meet & Greet with Art Alexakis of Everclear & Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray.”

Guess we can add this the list of 90s reunions tours we (kinda) want

Summerland Meet & Greet Package
One reserved ticket within the first 10 rows of the stage, or one G/A ticket with 1st priority access
Exclusive Meet & Greet with Art Alexakis of Everclear & Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray
Personal photograph with Art Alexakis & Mark McGrath
Specially designed Summerland tour shirt
Collectible tour poster (limited, numbered)
Official Meet & Greet laminate
Commemorative VIP ticket
Exclusive Summerland tour gift
On-site VIP host

Summerland VIP Tour Package
One reserved ticket within the first 15 rows of the stage, or one G/A ticket with priority access
Specially designed Summerland tour shirt
Collectible tour poster
VIP commemorative laminate
Commemorative VIP ticket
Exclusive Summerland tour gift
On-site VIP host

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lateleigh

lateleigh said on the 26th Apr, 2012

Gin Blossoms were a pretty good band. "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You" were pretty memorable songs but bands like that sadly kicked the door open for the likes of Hootie and The Blowfish and Matchbox 20. I think they were calling the movement 'adult contemporary' - eerrrrggghhh!

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 26th Apr, 2012

I used to love Everclear. At one point in my teens they were my favourite band.

I also saw Sugar Ray support Live on one tour.

#embarrassingmomentsfrommyyouth

Jamezwm

Jamezwm said on the 26th Apr, 2012

I saw Sugar Ray supported by Zebrahead
I saw Live supported by Bush

Urgh

HelloSailor

HelloSailor said on the 26th Apr, 2012

I had a picture of Mark McGrath in my school diary! Along with many other 90's bands :)

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 26th Apr, 2012

"I smell gen-X and money, ye-heah"

chico21

chico21 said on the 26th Apr, 2012

I loved Everclear back in the day. So much for the afterglow was a great album.

batdan

batdan said on the 26th Apr, 2012

Didn't Everclear have a bad time last time they toured? I would be keen to see them.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 26th Apr, 2012

Marcy Playground are on my bucket list, their first 2 albums were fantastic. Saw this headline on Twitter, was hoping for Aus tour :(

kaydee

kaydee said on the 26th Apr, 2012

Sparkle & Fade was my favourite album for ages. The soundtrack to many many road trips between my home town & uni.
Not sure I'd go see them live but.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 26th Apr, 2012

I'd watch Marcy Playground. That's about it.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 26th Apr, 2012

I want a Smash Mouth/Sugar Ray/Len triple bill in Australia. Somebody make this happen immediately.

LukeONfire

LukeONfire said on the 26th Apr, 2012

is it the original everclear line-up or just art and the other dudes that he made their last terrible album with? also lit had some great songs as well.

musickeepsusalive

musickeepsusalive said on the 27th Apr, 2012

omg why would you tease us with this love love love all these bands epecially lit would kill to see them live

CASK

CASK said on the 1st May, 2012

thing is, the gin blossoms most of we know (the ones that churned the hits) are no more seeing as the vocalist killed himself in the 90's

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 1st May, 2012

Doug Hopkins was the guitarist and songwriter.

He wasn't the singer.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 1st May, 2012

Gin Blossoms tour would make me happy, supporting Goo Goo Dolls would make it even better.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 1st May, 2012

I saw Everclear at Offshore in '98. They were bombarded by fire crackers. Clearly they were good.