Sugar Ray plans another ’90’s nostalgia tour

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After teaming up with Everclear last year for the 90’s fueled “Summerland” tour, Sugar Ray will look to repeat the success this year with another dose of 90’s nostalgia courtesy of “under The Sun” tour. Joined by Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball, the pop-rockers will make several stops at summertime venues in New England.

“Number 1 songs from the Nineties, live? Check,” declared Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath in a press release. “A giant party under the summer sun? Check. Five multi-platinum bands with quick changeovers? Check. It’s gonna be a bitchin’ summer.”

The tour’s first stop in New England will take place at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts on Wednesday, July 31. Tickets are not yet on sale to the public but will be sold for $44.75 and $64.75. Fans in New Hampshire can catch the tour at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, August 1. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $40.50. Also on tap is a day at the Newport Yachting Center in Rhode Island on Sunday, August 4. Tickets for the show, which is part of the Newport Sunset Music Series, are available through Ticketmaster for $35.50 to $69.50.

In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, McGrath was open in embracing his band’s role as nostalgia act. “All these 1960’s bands like Herman’s Hermits are still out there doing it,” he said. “I’m not comparing my level of talent to Peter Noone, but people often compare us. He’s 70 years old and still out there doing it. I’m sort of the Peter Noone of the 1990’s. If I’m still out there singing ‘Fly’ in 30 years, I’ve had a great fucking life.”

Led by McGrath and featuring original guitarist Rodney Sheppard, Sugar Ray are in the midst of recording a new EP with homes of a release in time for the tour. Of course, fans can still expect to hear smash hits “Fly”, “Every Morning”, “Someday”, and “When It’s Over”. The band’s last studio release was 2009’s Music for Cougars.

Smash Mouth are best remembered for their #1 classics “Walkin’ On The Sun” and “All Star”. With founding members Steve Harwell and Paul De Lisle at the helm, they returned last year with Magic, their first new album in six years. They also released “Recipes From The Road”, a cookbook/travelogue featuring contributions from celebrity friends including Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, Sammy Hagar, and Jerome Bettis.

Gin Blossoms’ hits include “Hey Jealousy”, “Found Out About You”, “Til I Hear It from You” and “Follow You Down”. The band has remained active over the past few years with a busy touring schedule and a new release in 2010 called No Chocolate Cake.

Vertical Horizon’s “Everything You Want” made history as the most played single of 2000. Fronted by singer-guitarist Matt Scannell, the band’s last set of new material was 2009’s Burning The Days.

Fastball rose to fame in 1998 courtesy of their smash hit “The Way”. The Texas trio’s last studio album was 2009’s Little White Lies.

Last year’s “Summerland” tour was led by Sugar Ray and Everclear, alongside Gin Blossoms, Marcy Playground and Lit. However, with differing opinions on its future direction, McGrath and Art Alexakis of Everclear, decided to lead different tours in 2013. Everclear will lead the “Summerland 2013 – Alternative Guitars” alongside Live, Filter and Sponge.

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