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What would the lineup be of your version of the Summerland Tour?

14 September 2012 26 Comments

By: Andrew

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The Summerland Tour had its first run this past summer. Headlined by Everclear with direct support from Sugar Ray, the tour played rooms as small as the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, all the way up to arenas and sheds in select markets. The Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground rounded out the bill.

It got me to thinking, who would I book on this tour if I could do my own version of it? And, I’d like to know what your version of the tour would look like too. Try to not use bands from this year’s bill.


Third Eye Blind – Stephen Jenkins wrote some anthems, and quite surprisingly I saw him command 20,000 people at a radio festival with ease. Put these guys on top, and send everyone, including myself, home happy. Doo doo doo. Doo doo doo doo.

Better Than Ezra – Graduating from Third Eye Blind and moving to New Orleans, BTE have a catalog loaded with hits and sing-along material. Their live show is top-notch and frontman Kevin Griffin is a professional at connecting with a crowd.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones – If you’re then desperately wanting some punk energy, it’s hard to touch the Bosstones in a live setting. Pure energy. Pure fun. “Someday I Suppose” was fun in my early teens, and it’s still awesome in my early 30’s.

Silverchair – The impression that I get here is that most of you will think Silverchair is too heavy to be considered. Well, my answer to that is Art Alexakis’ act, which is meant for large bars, headlined this year. Deal with it.

Tonic – Love Lemon Parade. There are some really good deep cuts on this record. From beginning to end, it’s solid.


Wallflowers – because they wrote beautiful pop music that I never appreciated during that time but now realize how wrong I was.

Collective Soul – because they are simply a great live band with timeless songs from that era. Plus they really showed me something when Andrew and I recently saw them in Nashville.

Blues Traveler – They put out an inescapable record in the 1990s that will live on forever, for better or worse. To this day I flip the channel if “Run Around” comes on the radio BUT I’d love to see them play it at least once. They belong on an edition of Summerland.

Cranberries – because… Well it’d be cool to have a female fronted band on the bill plus “Zombie” rules. I’d love to see them live.

Seven Mary Three – because everyone on this site gives them such high praise and I must be missing something.

* Special observance to Live, who I originally had in my list, until I discovered that Ed Kowalczyk is out of the band entirely. Without him, Live has no place in an arena tour. Please. Also, Smashmouth deserves a spot on some rendition of Summerland, just not the one in which I’m in charge.

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  • KARNOV said:

    if i’m booking the show for my interests and not to make money on it, in order from headliner to opener

    jimmie’s chicken shack, the living end, fuel, dishwalla, tonic

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  • Boris said:

    Headliner: Cake

    Direct Support: The Breeders

    Openers: Days Of The New, Eve 6, Presidents of the United States of America

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  • Brian Doran said:

    I’d go the jangle pop route and put The Gin Blossoms as direct support with Toad The Wet Sprocket headlining. Those acts had some substance to them. My openers would be Lit, POTUSA, and Dandy Warhols.

    I saw Summerland and had a great time there.

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  • zebo said:

    Fastball was one of those bands that i got into because i saw them on MTV. I quickly became a closet fan of their catchy songwriting but never saw them live.

    My quirky Summerland would be Fastball, Nine Days, Lit, Local H, Cherry Poppin Daddies

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  • LOCH NESS said:

    Everclear was perfect to headline this tour … just not in arenas. This should have been a club tour.

    I was at the Nashville show while visiting some friends and it was a good time.

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  • 007 said:

    The late 90’s were such a fun time. Everclear is Art Alexakis performing under a recognizable name. Art Alexakis is not strong enough to headline arenas. Is he an underrated songwriter? Yes. Did he sell millions of records? Yes. BUT IN NO WAY SHOULD HE BE HEADLINING ARENAS!

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  • YazzooFoo said:

    Headliner: The Cranberries

    Support, in order from Direct to Opener: Bloodhound Gang, Marvelous 3, Seven Mary Three, The Refreshments

    Live was one of the most overrated bands of this time period. 1 good album.

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  • LP2844 said:

    I’d just want to keep it fun. I’d put 3EB as a headliner. I’m not into them but saw them at a radio festival and they were pretty killer live. Perhaps Offspring on the bill? Incubus? Maybe this tour wasn’t made for them though since they don’t need the package. I’d headline with 3EB though.

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  • Wide Out said:

    I saw this tour skeptically. My wife wanted me to go so I relunctantly went and I have to admit man, it was pretty fun. I enjoyed myself. It was just a good old fun time.

    I’d leave the lineup as it was. Get rid of Marcy Playground and replace them with Bloodhound Gang or something. So many good bands from that time. Most are 1 hit wonders so I wouldnt want to hear a full set.

    Great tour though.

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  • Andy said:

    This is easy: Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20 (playing Yourself of Someone Like You in its entirety), Eve 6, Everclear, Barenaked Ladies (with Steven Page), Harvey Danger (R.I.P) and Tonic.

    I’d follow that tour around the country, hevaily inebriated of course. ’90s alt-rock was the best of times.

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  • Andy said:


    Err, I should say LATE ’90s alt-rock. It was a genre unto its own, almost in a completely separate universe from what we think when the term “Alternative” is thrown around.

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  • DAD said:

    I would delve heavy into the ska bands – Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, etc. I would put 3eb on top too because they were the epitome of this sound. The guy above me who wrote MB20 I would disqualify them based on success.

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  • Time said:

    Any tour with any combination of any 5 bands any of you have mentioned would be killer. Everclear has a place on that bill but they can’t headline arenas. Art isn’t capable. Love the dude and think he’s killer but not an arena or shed headliner.

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  • Adam said:

    In addition to the 5 that already played it I’d have to go with Goo Goo Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, Smash Mouth, Third Eye Blind, Sinead O’Conner, Shawn Mullins, Natalie Merchant, Soul Asylum, Tonic, The Cranberries, Oasis, Sixpence None the Richer, Spin Doctors, Edwin McCain, Jewel, Verve Pipe, Hootoe and the Blowfish, Deep Blue Something, The Proclaimers, Sophie B. Hawkins, and last but not least Blues Traveler.

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  • 1942 said:


    It’s crazy how time flies. I forgot all about Natalie Merchant. Oasis is much too big of a name to do the tour. Tonic has some good material out that went ignored after Lemon Parade. Talking about this stuff makes me feel cool and old at the same time.

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  • Adam said:


    Well I’m only 21 so don’t feel too old…These are the last bands to come out before music as a movement died… There are no movements anymore…you get a good band here and there but these guys were the last of the great groups. That is why this tour works so well…it takes people back to where music was about more than drugs and sex.

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  • Brian said:

    Headliner: Smashing Pumpkins

    1st:Stone Temple Pilots

    2nd:Eve 6



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  • scott said:

    1) 3EB headliner
    2) Soul Asylum
    3) Toad the Wet Sprocket
    4) Letters to Cleo/Veruca Salt/American Hi Fi – bands have common members and each could do a mini set of hits
    5) Better Than Ezra – opening act

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  • fx blessed said:


    I like the Letters to Cleo/Veruca Salt/American Hi Fi thing. That would be a cool tour by itself. American Hi Fi just drives me nuts though. That dudes voice is so nasally and as a grown adult I just can’t take it.

    I loved Veruca Salt back in the day. Saw them open for Bush when Bush was touring for Razorblade Suitcase.

    Soul Asylym is quite terrible live. I do agree with 3eb as your headliner though. That 1st record is pure fun.

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  • wes said:

    I’m in my early 30’s and the late 90’s was a magical time. When I think of what Summerland should be I think of poppy, happy, maybe cheesy stuff. A lineup is a lot for me but I’d say FUN bands. Stroke 9, Nine Days, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack – stuff like that. Reel Big Fish.

    The ddude above me that put Silverchair is wrong. Not a Summerlandish band. Now they might be able to open for Taylor Swift. Have you heard the recent Silverchair stuff? Wow it’s bad.

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  • gblockx said:

    I could talk about this all day. I could so totally sit in a bar with like-minded people and talk about all the artists from this time for hours and never get bored.

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  • LOCH NESS said:

    Some ska needs to be in the mix – maybe Less Than Jake or Reel Big Fish.

    When I think what this tour should be, it should be uninhibited fun and not so much about the quality of songs. Smash Mouth should be on it in some capacity then; unless of course the chubby singer thinks they deserve Rolling Stones money.

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  • Ryan said:

    opening act: Nine Days, first CD was fantastic

    2nd: Gin Blossoms, songs you don’t realize you love until you hear them again.

    3rd: Eve 6, nice change of pace, great catalog from mid/late 90s,

    4th: Better Than Ezra, Fantastic Live show, debatable headliner with fantastic loyal fanbase

    5th: 3EB, Lots of Hits, would definitely sell tickets

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  • Boog said:

    Headliner: 3EB

    Supporting: Weezer?

    Others: No Doubt, Barenaked Ladies, Reel Big Fish?, Cranberries, Wallflowers, Goldfinger?, Matchbox Twenty, Toadies, Duncan Sheik (jk haha)

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  • Laura in NJ said:

    We could go back and forth for hours on this but the two last posters I agree with: 3eb would be a headliner and they still sell tickets and sell out all their shows in NY and NJ. I know as I go to them all. GOTTA HAVE THE SKA BANDS ON THERE. I would love to see Goldfinger and RBF open the show.

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  • Mike said:


    Nine Days! I forgot about them!

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