The Summerland Tour brings a memory strip lineup of popular alternative rock bands from the ’80s to the early 2000s to the Levitt Pavilion on Friday, September 24. The tour includes pop-punk outfit. Wheat, rock band hoobastank, funk and alt metal band Vivid color, and alt-rock headlining everclear.
Created by Everclear lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Art Alexakis, the Summerland Tour has not lost its power since its debut in 2012. The original formula—four bands that toured in the 1990s and 2000s, short sets, lots of hits, three hours or more of music—still works.
“My idea was to emulate on a smaller level the radio music festivals that started in the ’90s after Lollapalooza,” says Alexakis, calling from his studio in Pasadena, California. “The stations would try to get as many bands as they could to play short sets, which was great because these shows were so crowded and each scene had between 25 and 45 minutes to play a series of hits, some fan favorites, and whatever new or existing singles they had. ”
The last six Summerland series with Everclear’s recurring leads featured acts like Sugar Ray, Lit, Marcy Playground, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Space Hog, Gin Blossoms, Live, Fuel, American HiFi, and Filter, making it a head-start. brought. Going on tour for those who love 90’s music.
Alexakis says it’s easy to choose groups for each round. “I’m looking for groups I like that I think would work well together. And Living Color, Hoobastank, and Wheatus have always been my personal favourites.”
formerly praised rolling rock As one of the “Ten Hotest Summer Package Tours”, Summerland’s second leg of the tour, which will conclude on October 6, is “going great” according to Alexakis and “without any drama compared to most of the past streaks – the powerhouse.” It also ensured that groups and crew take all precautionary measures to stay safe while on the road during the Delta variant surge.
“Everybody on the whole tour was vaccinated… We came up with a protocol that everybody signed,” says Alexakis. “We are grateful to continue playing live at a time when many bands have withdrawn from performances due to what’s going on in the COVID variant.”
Alexakis understands the severity of COVID-19 by surviving the virus in person for two months in 2020. “I was in the hospital for about two weeks. It was really tough. I still have scar tissue in my lungs and it has advanced my multiple sclerosis a bit.”
The singer, who wrote some of the most popular radio classics of the ’90s, said, “my dad”“everything for everyone”“Wonderful”“I’ll Buy You A New Life” and “Santa MonicaWhether it’s about her difficult childhood, past struggles with substance abuse, or battered fathers who don’t pay child support, she’s always been outspoken.
In 2019, Alexakis announced online that he had been diagnosed. multiple sclerosis To raise awareness about misconceptions about the disease. She did the same during her battle with COVID-19 and documented some of her recovery on social media.
“I didn’t look pretty. But I didn’t care. It’s not nice to get the virus. Two months of pneumonia isn’t pretty,” says Alexakis. “You know, multiple sclerosis before the virus made me feel ten to fifteen years older, and now that I have COVID-19. I’m like twenty years older. But I do lung and breathing exercises, exercise, stretch every day, ride my stationary bike and swim just to feel normal.”
Between tours of Summerland, Everclear spent May and June of 2017 touring in honor of its twentieth anniversary. So much for afterglow.
“The tour was great,” he recalls, “and I was really surprised at how important this album was to so many people. It was great to watch people’s reactions as they played not only the hits but also the deeper songs on that record.”
In 2019, Alexakis embarked on a solo tour following the release of the singer-songwriter acoustic solo debut. Sun Songs. The eleven-piece offering includes an all-acoustic guitar, all-acoustic bass, some keys, and a montage of drums played by Alexakis.
“He has raw and a few personal songs, one I wrote about my wife, [“Sunshine Love Song”]and one for my daughter, [“Arizona Star”]. “There’s something else about multiple sclerosis called the “Hot Water Test,” because in the 1940s and 1950s, doctors used to put people in 115-degree water and watch them start showing symptoms, before they knew how to diagnose it properly,” he says. alexakis. “So once I’ve been diagnosed myself and learn more about it, people with any serious illness always have to deal with it, so there’s a hot water test every day.”
Prior to Sun Songs, Everclear experienced a career revival with the 2015 release Is Black the New Black?. “I wanted to make a rock hard rock record with some punk, rock and old-school Black Sabbath influences, with heavier riffs, melodies and harmonies,” says Alexakis. “This album got millions of streams. So people were listening to it and it resonated. ”
Founded by Alexakis in Portland, Oregon in 1991, Everclear has had a long career with a catalog of eleven studio releases, countless MTV hit videos and countless shows. The band’s first three albums released on Capitol Records — Shimmer and Pale, So Much for Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Laugh – they were all certified platinum.
“I am happy and grateful for what I have instead of worrying about what I don’t have. I play rock and roll for a living. I have a wonderful family, friends and friendship,” says Alexakis, now 32. “I do everything I can to help myself and at the same time put on a great show for everyone. If I’m having fun, I mess with the people on the show and we all have fun together.”
The Summerland Tour 2021 will take place on Friday, September 24 at 6 PM at the Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park. Supporting actions are unlocked for Wheatus, Hoobastank and Living Color Everclear. Tickets start at $25 and are available at: Conductor.