They’re Back! 90s bands take Pittsburgh by storm
The 90s are back with a vengeance this summer in Pittsburgh as quite a number of popular 90s era bands are touring the area, many of which haven’t graced the stage for quite a few years or produced an album since their heyday.
Kicking things off in just a few weeks is the nostalgic 90s Summerland tour with Everclear, Fuel, the Toadies and American Hi-Fi. Everclear launched this annual tour in 2012 which features and featuring other prominent acts from the 90s. While some of the bands, like Everclear and Fuel, continue to produce new music frequently, American Hi-Fi just released their first album after a four year gap in 2014 and the Toadies haven’t released an album in nearly three years. However, most fans will likely attend this show hoping to hear the classic tunes these artists first made famous when they exploded on to the music scene in the last decade of the twentieth century.
“It’s like the same thing that happened a few years back with the 80s resurgence,” said Brian Drusky of Drusky Entertainment. “Kids that were growing up back then now as adults are enjoying the same music they grew up on.”
New Kids on the Block are proof positive of this; the band has been touring annually to sold out audiences despite the fact they’ve produced only two albums in the last 20 years. Their success may be due to their strategic decision to tour with other popular acts from the 90s such as TLC and Nelly.
“They are listening to the music,” said Drusky. “So acts will tour to capitalize on the resurgence. I think they’re coming to hear the old tunes.”
Also in June, Barenaked Ladies with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, will appear at Stage AE. This Canadian rock band achieved great fame in the United States with their still popular song, “One Week,” though many people would be hard pressed to name another of their hits. Still the group continues to put out new music and has a large Canadian.
Fun fact: Did you know that Barenaked Ladies won a Juno Award in in 2009 for “Best Children’s Album” for their album Snacktime?
In July, three well loved 90s sensations will hit the Pittsburgh scene: Three Days Grace, Jane’s Addiction and Blues Traveler.
Similar in nature to the Summerland Tour, the Under the Tour will take place at Stage AE in August, featuring artists such as Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6. Sugar Ray’s future is unclear, though it’s unlikely the band will produce a new album. Still, combining forces with 90s legends like Uncle Kracker ensures audiences will be treated to a night of memories.
Looking to relive the glory days of the 90s? Here’s a few of the shows coming to the area over the next few months. New shows are being added daily, so be sure to check the web sites of area venues for updates.
Upcoming *Retro* Shows
June 19 – Summerland Tour with Everclear, Fuel, the Toadies, and American Hi-Fi at Stage AE
June 14 – New Kids on the Block at Consol Energy Center
June 16 – The Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong at Carnegie Library of Homestead
June 22 – Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional at Stage AE
June 22- Melissa Etheridge at Carnegie Library of Homestead
June 22- POD at Altar Bar
June 23 – Barenaked Ladies with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay at Stage AE
June 26 – Brownie Mary & Buzz Poets at Station Square
July 9 – Three Days Grace at Stage AE
July 9 – Powerman 5000 and Soil at Altar Bar
July 10 – Jane’s Addiction at Stage AE
July 31 – Blues Traveler at Stage AE
August 5 – Kottonmouth Kings: Family Reunion Tour Round 2 at Altar Bar
August 11 – Down at Altar Bar
August 9 – Under the Sun Tour Featuring Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6 at Stage AE
Story by Hayley Lynn Martin for Pennsylvania Bridges