The best '90s concerts coming to Tampa Bay this summer: Eddie Vedder, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Vertical Horizon and more
Speaking strictly from an aesthetic standpoint, American Pie is one of the Nineties-est '90s movies ever. Like Election, it did a phenomenal job capturing the edgeless, eye-rolling blandness of the post-grunge, pre-social-media era. Speaking as someone who graduated high school in 1998, that's something your humble Soundcheck editor can totally appreciate.
So in honor of American Reunion opening this weekend, we checked out the upcoming Tampa Bay concert calendar in search of great, totally '90s acts coming to Tampa Bay. Here are 16 of the best, Nineties-est shows coming to town this year.
-- Vertical Horizon (above, April 21, Straz Center): Fun fact: For a brief period of time in 1999, Everything You Want was the ONLY song played on the radio. They'll headline this year's Best of Tampa Bay food event. Click here.
-- Lit (April 27, State Theatre): If American Pie were a band, it would be Sum-41. But a close second might be the guys who sang My Own Worst Enemy. Click here. (By the way: We here at SoundcheckCorp. are officially DEVASTATED that the Summerland Tour -- featuring Lit, Everclear, Gin Blossons, Sugar Ray and Marcy Playground -- isn't coming closer than Atlanta.)
-- Sister Hazel (April 28, Williams Park, St. Petersburg): If you ever heard a song that you thought was Blues Traveler, but it turned out NOT to be Blues Traveler, it was these Gainesville guys. Click here.
-- Eddie Vedder
(May 10-11, Ruth Eckerd Hall): Well, you knew this was coming.
. Hey, maybe he can stick around an extra day for a
Temple of the Dog reunion with...
***UPDATE*** Eddie has postponed these shows until Dec. 3-4 due to injury, meaning our flannel will have to remain in mothballs for a few more months. Click here for details.
-- Chris Cornell (May 12, Tampa Theatre): There's no Kim Thayil on this acoustic tour, but he IS playing tons of Soundgarden songs. This could be the rare show worth skipping Tropical Heatwave for. Click here.
-- Jane's Addiction (May 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall): Not as active in the '90s as you might initially think, but their imprint was all over the decade, with Ritual de lo Habitual and Lollapalooza. Click here.
-- Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker, Big Head Todd and the Monsters (July 17, 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre): Unquestionably the '90s event of the summer ... at least until the Summerland Tour books a Tampa date. Click here.
-- 311 (July 20, 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre): Know that we will always be down with 311's 1997 album Transistor, which the band played in its entirety durnig last summer's Pow Wow festival at Spirit of the Suwanee Park in Live Oak. Click here.
That's our list. What ultra-'90s concert are you most looking forward to in 2012?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*