LIVE, FILTER, EVERCLEAR, & SPONGE Make Summerland Tour a Killer Kickoff at Stage AE

Wednesday evening, June 19  at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE, the Summerland Tour rolled in with four stalwarts of the alternative music scene that once ruled the land of rock n roll.  Some people may have forgotten that these guys were even out there, but most of them are still making music and last night they all proved that they still have the goods to put on one hell of a show.

SPONGE

Detroit’s Sponge started the night off with an energetic set including hits such as “Plowed”, “Molly”, and “Have You Seen Mary”.  The band also played some new material, that can be purchased at Sponge shows, from 2013’2 Stop the Bleeding.  Lead singer Vinnie Dombroski climbed on top of the crowd to belt out the latter part of “Plowed” (‘say a prayer for me…’) and set off the ‘good time feel’ of the concert.

 

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FILTER

Filter began with material that Richard Patrick and new guitarist Jonathan Radke put together for just released effort  The Sun Comes Out Tonight including  “What Do You Say” and “We Hate It When You Get What You Want”.  But of course the crowd could not wait for Filter’s two biggest hits, “Take A Picture” and “Hey Man Nice Shot”.  The band certainly gave the crowd their money’s worth when Patrick unexpectedly went into the deep end of the crowd to sing ‘Nice Shot’ only to be hoisted aloft and then race down to the front to jump and hop with the elated spectators as the band wailed in wild abandon.

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LIVE

By far the most unexpected highlight of the night, LIVE was downright inspirational.  When Ed  Kowalczyk left the band and was replaced by Unified Theory’s Chris Shinn, most fans were skeptical that it would work.  That thought could certainly be put to rest by even the harshest of critics, namely this writer.  Shinn was absolutely stunning and has obviously breathed fresh life into the band who had a flawless set of hit, after hit, after hit such as “All Over You”, “Lakini’s Juice”, “The Dolphins Cry”, “Lighting Crashes”, “I Alone”, “Operation Spirit”, and “White, Discussion”.  It made one remember how much amazing music LIVE put out in their heyday.  It will be interesting to see if legal ramifications can be seen past and new music could be put together with this crew.

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EVERCLEAR

As host of the evening’s events, Art Alexakis pulled double duty, and came out swinging for his band’s set.  By the third song, “Father of Mine”, the band was really hitting their stride.  With hits like “Heroin Girl”, “I Will Buy You A New Life”, “Wonderful”, and of course “Santa Monica”, Everclear proved why their material is so important to the alternative lexicon.  With such a successful outing in 2012 and now in 2013 it looks for sure that we can count on more to come for a Summerland Tour in 2014.

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Jonny Radtke of FILTER Checks in with PGHMUSICMAG (Interview)

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Although Filter have been making noise since the early nineties in the music biz, they sure seem to have gotten much louder lately.  With a high profile snippet of their earlier release of ‘Happy Together’ playing on the preview of The Great Gatsby trailer to heading out on the road with Everclear, Live, and Sponge, Filter refuses to fade into band obscurity.  The June 4 release of The Sun Comes Out Tonight just goes further in proving that Filter have a lot more to prove and a lot more amazing music to make.

With the dichotomy of angry tones to sweet melodies sweeping the landscape of the LP, founder  Richard Patrick and new collaborator Jonny Radtke (along with producer Bob Marlette) have breathed some new life into Filter while recognizing the tried and true formula.  To achieve those results Patrick believes in adapting and improvising in the name of achieving results, fully aware of what he’s rebelling against. He addresses his unconventional methods with utmost conviction in his voice, “Let’s break the rules, let’s put a finger up to the establishment and do something wrong. If William Shakespeare was alive today, he’d be using a word processor. He’d be copying and pasting. Does that change things? Yeah, but at the same time, it’s flexible and different. It has to be done.” This perspective is evident on The Sun Comes Out Tonight‘s lead single, “What Do You Say,” an explosive track featuring Patrick’s rousing howl, hypnotic synthesizers, smoldering guitars, biting lyrics, and the triumphant resurrection of the pulsating drum machines that cemented Filter’s reputation for delivering a distinctive sound unlike any other band in existence. Patrick laughs, “It’s all drum machine, just like Short Bus! I like that we’re getting away with something that’s wrong. There’s almost this notion that someone like Skrillex is less of a talent because his music centers around making a computer do incredible things. Music is an interpretive art form.”

Filter comes into Pittsburgh to showcase not only the work on The Sun Comes Out Tonight, but of course previous hits like “Hey Man Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture” .  Pittsburgh Music Magazine caught up with new guitar player and co-collaborator Jonny Radtke while on the road with The Summerland Tour to talk to him about the new LP, working with Patrick, the tour, and more.  Listen below…

Formed in 1993, Filter has enjoyed significant success over the past two decades.  The band released their critically acclaimed first album Short Bus in 1995, a disc Rolling Stone praised as “a timely combination of grunge heat and industrial ice.” Fueled by the top 10 hit “Hey Man Nice Shot,” the album rocketed to # 3 onBillboard‘s Heatseekers Chart and went on to sell more than a million copies. They raised the bar with 1999’sTitle of Record which featured the top 10 rock hit “Welcome To The Fold” along with a blockbuster crossover smash in “Take A Picture,” a song that shot to # 3 on Billboard‘s Modern Rock Chart, # 7 on its Adult Top 40 Chart and # 1 on its Dance Music/Club Play Chart. The years that followed saw the band releasing three more albums – 2002’s the Amalgamut, 2008’s Anthems For The Damned and 2010’s The Trouble with Angels, while touring the world and amassing a huge international fan base whose members number in the millions. Filter has also contributed songs to several blockbuster soundtracks, including 2012Judgment NightSpawn (the Crystal Method collaboration “(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do”), Little NickyDemon Knight,StepfatherAnger ManagementCrow 2, Girl Next Door and Cable Guy among others.

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SUMMERLAND TOUR DATES

6/7/13                          Celebrate Fairfax! Festival                             Fairfax, VA                              SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/8/13                          House of Blues                                               North Myrtle Beach, SC         SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/9/13                          NV                                                                   Knoxville, TN

6/11/13                        State Theatre                                                  New Brunswick, NJ                SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/12/13                        Theatre at Westbury                                       Westbury, NY                         SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/14/13                        Casino New Brunswick                                  Moncton, MB                          SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/15/13                        House of Blues                                               Boston, MA                             SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/16/13                        Penn’s Peak                                                    Jim Thorpe, PA                       SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/18/13                        The Montage Music Hall                                 Rochester, NY

6/19/13                        Stage AE                                                         Pittsburgh, PA                         SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/20/13                        Electric Factory                                              Philadelphia, PA                      SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/21/13                        LC Pavilion                                                      Columbus, OH                        SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/22/13                        Horseshoe Casino                                          Hammond, IN                         SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/23/13                        Myth Live                                                        St Paul, MN                            SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/24/13                        O.N.E.                                                             Mandan, ND

6/26/13                        Ogden Theatre                                                Denver, CO                            SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/28/13                        Wiltern Theatre                                               Los Angeles, CA                     SUMMERLAND TOUR

6/30/13                        Brighthouse Networks Ampitheatre                Bakersfield, CA                       SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/2/13                          Humphrey’s                                                    San Diego, CA                        SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/3/13                          Silver Dollar Fair Grounds                              Chico, CA

7/5/13                          Avi Resort & Casino                                       Laughlin, NV                           SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/6/13                          The Marquee                                                  Tempe, AZ                              SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/7/13                          The Rock                                                        Tuscan, AZ

7/10/13                        Concrete Street Amphitheater                        Corpus Christi, TX

7/11/13                        L’auberge Casino Resort – Pool Stage           Lake Charles, LA                    SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/12/13                        South Side Ballroom                                       Dallas, TX                               SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/13/13                        Austin City Limits Live @ Moody Theater      Austin, TX                               SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/14/13                        Proof Bar                                                        Houston, TX                            SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/16/13                        Wildhorse Saloon                                            Nashville, TN                          SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/18/13                        Cape Cod Melody Tent                                  Hyannis, MA                           SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/19/13                        Ives Concert Park                                           Danbury, CT                           SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/20/13                        Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom                  Hampton Beach, NH              SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/21/13                        Capitol Theatre                                               Port Chester, NY                    SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/23/13                        RAGBRAI                                                       Des Moines, IA                       SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/27/13                        River City Casino                                            St Louis, MO                           SUMMERLAND TOUR

7/28/13                        Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre                       Kansas City, KS                      SUMMERLAND TOUR