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Here are excepts of a review and footage from : Chani Says…: SummerLand Tour : Sponge, Lit, Everclear and Sugar Ray (Beverly Hills) who was kind enough to share this article about her Summerland experience:
………..”Sponge, Lit, Everclear and Sugar Ray were performing. I wasn’t sure who Sponge was until I looked up their music and then I realized I am in fact, a fan. They are best known for their song ‘Plowed’. When the lead singer got onstage and opened the night, I knew it was going to be special. He just looked, sounded and felt exactly the way I thought a 90’s rock band should. It’s always tough to be the opening act and Sponge got the crowd warmed up. …………………the final song they did was of course, Plowed, and it was wonderful.
Then Lit took the stage. They started with Welcome to the Party, went to Better Off Without Me, and then…Miserable. As much as I was looking forward to the entire line up, really I was there for one song, and one song only. In high school, I would lie on the floor of my room and stare at the ceiling with my headphones on listening to Lit “Miserable” on repeat. I didn’t relate to the lyrics, I probably didn’t even truly understand them. I just knew the voice, the guitar, it all spoke to me. So much so, in fact, that to this day when I hear it playing I start harmonizing it in my head…………..
I sang along with my eyes closed, I cried, and looking around the venue I saw every person standing and feeling the same way…….. They went on to do My Own Worst Enemy, and ……………… During one of the songs, AJ jumped into the crowd and sang to the audience, walking through the aisles and posing for pictures- it was really really phenomenal to watch his perform. Exactly what I wanted from the band I had hyped up so tremendously in my head.
Everclear took the stage next after intermission and this is where the concert changed for me. For the first half, I was in row 6 on the right side of the stage. Very decent seats, no complaints. During intermission I was invited down to front and center by two guys who turned out to be extremely cool and I watched the rest of the show from there with them. Art is still singing well and I have seen him perform live before so I knew I would be happy. ……………… They also performed So Much for the Afterglow, Everything to Everyone, Wonderful, Heroin Girl, Amphetamine, I Will Buy You a New Life, and Santa Monica.
……….Everclear was exactly how and what I wanted and it was great to see them again and to see the people in the crowd responding the way they did. ………I have seen Mark McGrath many many times (he is in a band called War Machines that I have seen live) and he was even in the same music video as me (- All Day Sucker Quality Problems, and yes, that is my butt on the album cover and me at 14 seconds and Mark at 3:15).
……….. When I was a kid I would sit on the keyboard in the basement and ping out “Fly” one note at a time. That’s the first and last song I ever figured out how to play on my own actually, and true to form I have an entire sub harmony worked out for it too. They sang so many songs, a few cool covers and then ……