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