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Everclear lead singer Art Alexakis chats about the 90s rock tour Summerland
Everclear lead singer Art Alexakis likes to think of himself as a rock n roll matchmaker when discussing the popular 90s rock tour known as Summerland.
amNewYork had a chance to chat with Alexakis about this years lineup, his criteria for joining the tour and what irritates him the most when it comes to live acts.
What made you want to start Summerland?
I felt like there were so many great bands from the 90s that were still out there playing and still making records and people just seemed to want to see that kind of thing.
Talk to me about this years lineup. Who can we expect to hear?
Lets start with Soul Asylum. I was a Minneapolis fan back in the 80s when I was in college ... and I really loved Soul Asylum. Eve 6? Ive known those guys since high school, believe it or not. Theyre one of my favorite bands. And what can I say about Spacehog? I think they made one of the best and most underrated albums of the 90s. And now this is going to be their first major U.S. tour in 11 years.
What criteria do you look for when inviting a band to join the tour?
The criteria is youve got to have huge, iconic rock hits from the 90s and youve got to be a real band, touring and putting out records. No mothball bands, no bands that just come out for the summer tour then hibernate until the next one. The other criteria, is [THAT]youve got to play your hits. A lot of bands feel like theyre too cool to play their hits and that irritates me to no end.
What plans are in the works for Everclear beyond Summerland?
We got a brand new album. [We] recorded it at [the band] Lives studio in York, [Pennsylvania]. Its the hardest rock record since Sparkle and Fade or World of Noise. Thats going to come out either later this year or early next year. Im super stoked to play a couple songs off that [at Summerland] for sure.
If you go:
When: June 17
Where: Irving Plaza