Summerland Tour 2013 Concert Review – 7/20/13 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
On Saturday night, July 20th, 2013, I attended the second installment of the Summerland Tour at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH. If you’ve never been to this venue, you should check it out. Beautiful. Legendary.
This review is shorter than most, and for that, I apologize. Unfortunately, the venue did not have our photo pass and the whole thing was just a disaster.
Everclear headlined. The other bands on the bill were auto mechanics posing as Live, the great Richard Patrick and Filter, and the criminally underrated Sponge.
Sponge: Excellent. I’m looking forward to the new album and hopefully a headline tour. The new song they played fit in perfectly with the older hits.
Live: They have a new singer named Chris Shinn. He performs all the older songs well. The band looked horrendous. Say, you have a problem with your toilet. You call a plumber. Picture the typical mid-40’s, wife-hating, life-hating, slobbily-dressed laborer…that’s what each member of this band looked like. 20 million records sold and it looks like they couldn’t afford 20 plungers. If you want people to care about your band again: go to the salon, go to the gym, go shopping. And their drummer played in the dark. Towards the end of their set, Art from Everclear and Johnny, the guitar player from Filter, came out to play “I Alone” with the band. The audience, which was in the process of falling asleep, came to life. Instead of ending on that high note, they played another song, “White, Discussion.” Crowd back to sleep. Lackluster performance.
Everclear: Art Alexakis is the man. Art Alexakis is a survivor. He came out and personally introduced all the bands before their sets. It’s clear Art’s voice isn’t what it was, and this wasn’t the best I’ve seen him. However, I respect a survivor. I respect a fighter. Fun, timeless music. They closed with “Santa Monica” while members of the other bands came on-stage to play/sing with them. Words cannot express how much fun it is to see Everclear live.
Filter: THE PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT. THE CROWD WAS INTO IT FROM THE FIRST NOTE OF “TRIP LIKE I DO DO” UNTIL THE LAST NOTE OF “HEY MAN NICE SHOT.” They played three new songs (in a six song set) and the crowd reacted as if they were all timeless hits. Filter blew all the other bands off the stage on this night in Hampton Beach.
Summerland was a lot of fun. Four great bands. Hit after hit after hit. I’m hoping for a third installment. If you haven’t been to a Summerland show yet, let’s hope you can make that happen in 2014.