BareBones Ent was invited out to the Summerland Tour 2016 at the Legendary Billy Bob’s venue in Texas. Check out below if this was a can’t miss tour, or if the 90’s should have stayed in the past.
Sponge: Unfortunately we were unable to make it through line and into the venue in time to see Sponge.
Lit: Lit came on stage with a lot of energy, but suffered from some sound issues that hurt their set. The band played a nice mixture of their biggest hits and some new songs. Lit closed their set with their biggest hit song, “My Own Worst Enemy”, which received the largest reaction from the crowd. In response the band put on the best performance of their set for the song.
Everclear: Everclear took to the stage to wild applause after a brief introduction by Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. The band dove right in to their catalog and the crowd responded gleefully. While the band made sure to play all of their hit songs, they sprinkled in some new songs. These songs did not seem to disrupt any rhythm and the crowd still seemed to enjoy them. We only got a couple new songs though in their set. When lead singer Art Alexakis would ask if we wanted to hear new or old songs, he was always met with a room full of people screaming old. Everclear put on a great show that got the crowd amped up for what was to come with Sugar Ray!
Sugar Ray: Sugar Ray took the stage to bar rattling applause. The crowd of mostly 20-30-somethings was ready to see, quite possible, one of the biggest bands of the 90’s. After a heartfelt greeting from Mark McGrath the band dove right in with one of their hit songs, “Someday”. McGrath would go on joking around with the crowd regarding the history of the band, at one point being considered one-hit wonders, their comeback, and history in Texas and at the legendary Billy Bob’s venue. At one point in the show McGrath called over a worker that was working the pit and then ran off stage for about 2 minutes. He came back and informed the crowd in the pit that he had put beers on his tab for the crowd, and just to make sure to tip the girl.
Some memorable covers made their way into the set like, “Unbelievable” and “Blitzkrieg Bop”. The band continued on and played their biggest hits, “When It’s Over” and closed up with “Fly”. The band thanked the fans for everything and for coming out before slowly exiting the stage. The crowd left thirsting for more 90’s and Sugar Ray.
Overall Show/Final Thoughts: This tour successfully transported everyone back to the 90’s, and played many of the hit songs we all loved. The bands all put on good shows, and the crowd was active throughout!