Friday August 16, 2013
Under the Sun 2013 Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray & Gin Blossoms with Vertical Horizon and Fastball
As music fans across the country head into the heat of summer, there’s no better way to embrace the longer and brighter days than the first-ever Under the Sun tour. Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, and Gin Blossoms will join Vertical Horizons and local Austin heroes Fastball to celebrate the golden age of nineties pop rock ‘n’ roll with a coast-to-coast tour all summer long.
With tons of smash hit songs and millions and millions of albums sold between them, the five bands comprising this year’s Summerland are still a constant presence on the airwaves across the country and represent a true value for concert fans.
Perhaps best known for their 1997 breakthrough Number One song “Fly,” Sugar Ray dominated the pop charts throughout the 90s with such hits as “Every Morning,” “Someday,” and the 2001 hit “When It’s Over.” These hugely successful tracks propelled Sugar Ray, and their charismatic lead singer Mark McGrath, to selling 10 Million records worldwide.
Fans around the world are very familiar with Gin Blossoms’ 5X Platinum breakthrough album New Miserable Experience, containing gems like “Until I Fall Away,” “Found Out About You,” “Hey Jealousy” and “Alison Road.” Those hit tracks were followed up by Empire Records Platinum Soundtrack hit, “Til I Hear It From you,” and in 1996, by the singles “Follow you Down” and “As Long As It Matters” which hit the radio in a big way, making their Congratulations I’m Sorry record another platinum success. The band continues to burn up the road, performing over 120 tour dates per year.
Known for their witty charm, infectious melodies, and unique garage-surf approach to 90’s pop rock, Smash Mouth took the decade’s airways by storm in a hot streak of platinum singles. Tracks like “Walking on the Sun,” “All Star,” and the Shrek soundtrack smash “I’m a Believer” have cemented themselves as Generation-Y favorites, while albums like Astro Coast still enjoy spins today. They join Under the Sun with their first album in six years, Magic, which Allmusic called “as effortlessly effervescent as anything else Smash Mouth has ever released, filled with grooving, organ-fueled beach party anthems.”
Although best known for their string of hits in the late ‘90s, Vertical Horizon has continued its commitment to high-end alternative pop throughout the span of their six album career. The staples of their live shows—however—continue to be their platinum singles “You’re a God,” “Best I Ever Had,” and the number-one smash “Everything You Want.”
Austin’s Fastball launched onto the national scene with “The Way”, a touchstone of ‘90s radio that remained at the number one spot for months. But in the following decade, the hometown boys have made good, performing around the city with a Texas flag behind them and releasing top five singles like “Out of My Head”.