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Summerland Tour 2013 Concert Review – 7/20/13 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH

31 July 2013 8 Comments

By: Andrew

Summerland 2013 Logo Promo Poster

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 Rotting Pinata CD Art

One of my favorite album covers of all time.

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 The Band 2013 Summerland Tour

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 2013 Band Photo Art Alexakis

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 2013 Johnny Radtke

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.

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  • Carla said:

    I clearly remember booking all of these bands on some of their first tours. This is definitely nostalgia.

    Ed was a decent human being. The guitar player was a nightmare.

    Wish I could have made one of the shows!

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  • jojo said:

    I don’t like insulting people based on appearances but Live made the choice to look like they do. They’re in a bus with their photos on the side. They even have a Porsche with them. They do like like crap on stage and I second what is written above.

    I didn’t like the pace of their set. Filter stole the show I went to as well. I know why they didn’t headline but they so could have.

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  • Andy said:

    Whoa, crazy. I almost went to this same show but backed out at the last moment when I couldn’t convince the wife to drop the cash and make the trip back and forth. With Filter only playing six songs, I’m glad I did. I’d rather catch Filter (and Sponge, of course!) on their own at a later date.

    As for Hampton Beach, I’ve seen a few shows there and always had a good time. Twice for Sevendust (once with Nonpoint, and again with Taproot), once for Jonathan Davis and again for Social Distortion (last month). It’s a weird set-up — almost like a high-school gymnasium — but the ambience is great, the staff friendly and the beef prices reasonable. It’s always been worth the trip to NH. Perhaps we will run into one another at a show there sometime!

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  • Gravy Train said:

    The only thing Art has in 2013 is fun on his side and some catchy tunes. His voice has been blown out for years.

    I arrived early on accident for Sponge but glad I did. I never realized quite how good they are and now wonder what kept them from going farther.

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  • hades said:

    i am going to go each year this tour comes around. lighthearted fun. never saw spong elive and glad i did. im going to take a deep look into the back catalogue

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  • Bryan said:

    I don’t view any of these bands as particularly fun except Everclear. They’re kinda the odd men out on the bill but the headlner.

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  • Jay Public said:

    I agree with this article (save the Live part).

    This was a good fun show. It was a little expensive but it’s CA. You can’t look deeply into shows like this because they are what they are and that’s about good times.

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  • Kasey said:

    I’m going next year. I put it off for 2 years but I really want to see Everclear.

    I was such a fan in the 90’s and early 2000’s that when Craig and co left I couldn’t deal with it. It was Art, not Everclear. Time to move on.

    2014 I’m there. Crazy to hear Filter stole the show!

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