The Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog played the Atlantic City HOB bringing 90s alternative to the Jersey Shore.
The tour was a delight to the fans that loved the 90s alt rock/pop genre. This is the third year for this annual tour known for popular acts such as Live, Filter, Marcy Playground, Sugar Ray, and The Gin Blossoms. With millions of records sold worldwide, the acts had plenty of hits in their arsenal to satisfy everyone in attendance tonight.
The show opened with 90s glam rock favorite Spacehog, their high energy set included such songs as In The Meantime, Cruel To Be Kind, and the rocking Mungo City. One of the highlights of their set was the song Love Is A Curious Thing from their latest album, As It Is On Earth, released in 2013. With its catchy chorus it prompted an audience sing-a-long. They sounded great and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
The Rock/Pop/Punk trio Eve 6 lead by charismatic front man Max Collins did not disappoint. They played fan favorites such as Inside Out, Think Twice, Here’s To The Night, and Victoria from their 2012 Album Speak In Code. It was fun watching Collins and guitarist Jon Siebels running all over the stage which prompted a great audience response to the band.
Soul Asylum was simply stellar. They played popular songs like Runaway Train, Black Gold, Misery, and Somebody To Shove. Hearing these songs reminded me of what a great writer front man Dave Pirner is. They also played April Fool and absolutely rocked the house. It was one of the many highlights of the show.
The Everclear presence on stage was met with a thunderous applause. They got the place going with a hyper version of El Distorto de Melodica. Their set included most of their hits and songs such as, I Will Buy You A New Life, Father Of Mine, and Wonderful. It was non-stop 90’s bliss and front man Art Alexakis engaged the crowd numerous times throughout the set. The band treated us to a medley where they played snippets of rocks greatest songs. It included The Scorpion’s Rock It Like A Hurricane, Judas Priestâ€™s Living After Midnight, Deep Purpleâ€™s Smoke On The Water, and several Led Zeppelin tunes.
The best quote of the night was when he stated, “if I don’t hear Led Zeppelin everyday I’d lose my fucking mind.â€ He talked of his love of the bands on this tour and he repeatedly expressed appreciation for the crowd and their support, a sentiment shared all night on stage.
Alexakis teased the audience when it appeared the show was over. The band gave their thank you’s and then turned to the audience and said, â€œwait did we forget something?â€ Alexakis and the audience shouted in total unison “Santa Monicaâ€ and followed with loudest sing-a-long of the evening. The highlight of the night was when the other bands joined Everclear on stage (including a surprise appearance of Live front man Chris Shinn) for the finale making this the perfect ending of an unforgettable night.
If I could describe the vibe of the entire night in one word it would simply be ‘happy’. It was obvious by the audience response to the artists that the show evoked great memories. For me personally, it was a bit of both as these songs reminded me of great times with friends and of memories of friends who are no longer here. There is a lot of emotion wrapped up in the music of the 90â€™s, which is why it’s so popular. I am convinced The Summerland Tour that Art Alexakis has branded will be a fan favorite for many years to come.