Nostalgia shines on Sun tour

2013-07-11T00:00:00Z Nostalgia shines on Sun tourGerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Nostalgia tours are no longer reserved for the children of the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Lineups centered around the popular music of the 1990s have joined the fray, packaging the sounds of the decade into concerts geared toward thirtysomethings.

One of the larger '90s nostalgia musical tours of 2013 will hit the AVA on Sunday.

The Under the Sun Tour includes performances from Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, above, Fastball and Vertical Horizon.

Can't remember who had what hit? Here's the rundown:

Sugar Ray

It took a little more than a decade for this pop rock band from Newport Beach, Calif., to climb its way to the top with the 1997 track "Fly." Led by the well-groomed Mark McGrath, the group continued its flirtation with fame with the hit songs "Someday" and "Every Morning" from its follow-up 1999 release, "14:59." Subsequent albums failed to reach the same level of popularity, but McGrath has managed to keep busy with hosting gigs on the entertainment program "Extra" and shows like "Don't Forget the Lyrics." The "Under the Sun" tour is McGrath's idea. He also had a hand in creating the other popular '90s nostalgia tour, "Summerland" which is on the road with Everclear, Filter, Live and Sponge.

Smash Mouth

You can bet that Smash Mouth's No. 1 hit "Walkin' on the Sun" will be the most aptly titled song performed this weekend at the outdoor AVA. Another California band, this time from San Jose, the group was born from a mishmash of hip-hop and punk artists, but quickly evolved into a strong pop rock contender, with its first album, "Fush Yu Mang" going double platinum. Many of Smash Mouth's most popular songs were relics, even when the band was performing them the first time around. Expect to hear covers of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends" and "I'm a Believer," from The Monkees, both chart climbers for the group.

Gin Blossoms

Unlike the other bands on the Under the Sun bill, the Gin Blossoms rose to fame in the early '90s with its 1992 album "New Miserable Experience," producing hits such as "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You." The Tempe-based Blossoms were all but a memory after breaking up in the late 1990s. By 2002, the band had regrouped and has since recorded two full-length albums.

Fastball

Austin, Texas' Fastball is the band known best for penning the 1998 track, "The Way," a song based on an elderly couple, each with memory issues, that disappeared from their Texas home, only to be found dead a couple of weeks later at the bottom of a ravine in Arkansas. The song, from the sophomore album "All the Pain Money Can Buy" was the band's primary hit and helped earn it two Grammy nominations and platinum status. Fastball released its last album, "Little White Lies" in 2009.

Vertical Horizon

Another one-hit wonder with platinum status, Vertical Horizon leaped onto the national scene in the late 1990s with its album, "Everything You Want" and the popular single of the same name. The band, minus founding member Keith Kane, has a new release in the works.

if you go

• What: Under the Sun Tour.

• Featuring: Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Fastball and Vertical Horizon.

• When: 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: Casino del Sol's AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

• Tickets: $25-$75 through tickets.solcasinos.com

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com and 807-8430.

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