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Everclear's Art Alexakis talks '90s nostalgia, Summerland Tour and more

Everclear's Sparkle and Fade was one of those albums that your humble Soundcheck editor wore out in high school, due in no small part to the fact that his car only had a tape player, and Sparkle and Fade was one of the few albums he owned on cassette.

So we'll definitely be at the Mahaffey Theatre on May 30 for the 2013 Summerland Tour -- co-founded by Everclear singer Art Alexakis, and named for a song on Sparkle and Fade -- featuring Everclear, Live, Sponge and Filter.

Granted, these bands look much different today than they looked in the '90s. Alexakis is the last member standing from Everclear’s heyday. Ditto for Filter singer Richard Patrick and Sponge singer Vinnie Dombroski. Last year, Live replaced longtime frontman Ed Kowalczyk with new singer Chris Shinn.

But when we got Alexakis on the phone recently to talk about the Summerland Tour and our own infatuation with '90s nostalgia, he said each of these bands is doing new and creative things, even if modern music fans don't realize it.

“There’s something to be said about having the balls to get beyond your fear of resting on your laurels and putting yourself out there with a new record every two years,” he said. “That’s something I respect in people.”

And don't worry, he said, you will hear each of these bands' biggest hits: "As a matter of fact, it’s in the agreement with the bands that they have to play the hits, and they have to play them like they sound; they can’t do medleys or bring out a fiddle player."

The Summerland Tour is at 8 p.m. May 30 at the Mahaffey; tickets are $29-$69 (or $15 with student ID). Click here for details.

Click here for our full interview with Alexakis about the Summerland Tour.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:13pm]


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