Featured News - Current News - Archived News - News Categories
Tour kicks off Aug. 31 with special guests Tonic and Fastball
√ Ticket on-sales begin Friday, May 12
Gin Blossoms and Sugar Ray have announced their co-headlining summer tour with special guests Tonic and Fastball. The 12-date trek kicks off Thursday, Aug. 31, in Wisconsin, and will see the “Hey Jealousy” and “Every Morning” hitmakers, respectively, take amphitheater and theater stages across the Midwest and East Coast – with additional dates to be announced.
Ticket on-sales begin at 10 a.m. local time Friday, May 12. The show takes the OLG Stage at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Buy tickets at https://www.ticketmaster.ca. Visit Gin Blossoms’ website or Sugar Ray’s website for more information.
“I’m so excited to tour with Sugar Ray, Tonic and Fastball,” said Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms. “They’re some of my favorite bands to be on the road with. We’re looking forward to doing some rock ’n’ roll shows.”
Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray said, “I can’t think of anything better than spending the summer with great friends playing music! This tour is a giant cavalcade of hits that just keeps delivering, and I’m always honored to share a stage with Gin Blossoms, Tonic and Fastball.”
Sugar Ray’s guitarist and co-founder Rodney Sheppard added, “I am most looking forward to this tour because all of these bands have a history and a friendship. I can’t wait for the backstage acoustic guitar sing-alongs.”
Emerson Hart of Tonic added: “We are so excited to get back out there this summer and play rock ‘n’ roll with our friends Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray and Fastball. That’s a lot of great music in one night!”
More About Gin Blossoms
Gin Blossoms, an American alternative rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. The band rose to prominence following the 1992 release of its first major label debut album, “New Miserable Experience.” The first single released from that album, “Hey Jealousy,” became a Top 25 hit and went Gold. “New Miserable Experience” eventually went quadruple-Platinum, and two other charting singles were released from the album (“Allison Road” and “Until I Fall Away”). The band's follow-up album, “Congratulations I'm Sorry” (1996), went Platinum and included the Grammy-nominated “As Long as It Matters” and the Top 10 single “Follow You Down.” Learn more at https://www.ginblossoms.net/.
More About Sugar Ray
Beyond sales of 10 million records, four Top 10 songs, hundreds of millions of streams, and millions of tickets sold, Sugar Ray – co-founded by McGrath (vocals) and Sheppard (lead guitar) – embody the endless summer of popular music and culture. How many artists still pack sheds a whole generation removed from their genesis? How many acts can claim sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones, KISS and Sex Pistols, collaborating with Run-DMC, and being interpolated by Post Malone? Just Sugar Ray.
1994’s “Lemonade & Brownies” took the guys around the world and earned cult classic status for its frenetic and unpredictable hybrid. It set the stage for “FLOORED” in 1997. The latter’s immortal lead single, “Fly” (feat. Super Cat), made them a household name. Twenty-one years down the road, Post Malone incorporated “Fly” in “Sugar Wraith” on the triple-Platinum “Beerbongs & Bentleys.”
Helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer David Kahne (Sublime, Paul McCartney, The Strokes), “FLOORED” earned the band’s first Gold plaque and eventually went double-Platinum. Two years later, “14:59” bowed in the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200, went triple-Platinum, and gave listeners “Someday,” “Falls Apart” and their second No. 1, “Every Morning.” In 2001, Sugar Ray crashed the Top 200 at No. 6 as “When It’s Over” staked out a spot on the charts. It added another Platinum plaque to their walls.
Enjoying a renaissance, Sugar Ray headlined the “Under the Sun Tour” 2013-15. They inked a deal with BMG in 2019 and dropped their seventh full-length, “Lil Yachty.”
For more, visit https://www.sugarray.com/.
Tonic (Photo credit: Catie Lafoon // courtesy of Milestone Publicity)
More About Tonic
The story of Tonic revolves around the longstanding, close brotherhood shared among members Hart (vocals, guitar), Jeff Russo (lead guitar) and Dan Lavery (bass). Since 1996, the Grammy Award-nominated multi-Platinum trio has consistently delivered anthemic and undeniable rock fashioned from eloquent song craft, lyrical honesty, and unshakable melodies. To date, the band has landed six Top 10 singles, sold 4 million-plus records, and garnered a pair of Grammy Award nominations.
Their full-length debut, “Lemon Parade,” not only went Platinum, but it also yielded the “#1 Most-Played Rock Song of 1997” in the form of the lead single “If You Could Only See.” The band’s follow-up single, “You Wanted More,” served as the lead-off from the platinum “Original Soundtrack Album for American Pie,” and the second full-length, “Sugar.”
In between a marathon of touring, they released “Head On Straight” in 2002. The single “Take Me As I Am” received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, as the album vied for Best Rock Album – only to lose to Bruce Springsteen, “which is still a huge honor being from Jersey,” Lavery laughed.
After a five-year hiatus, the three-piece returned to the charts on the heels of “Tonic” in 2010, landing in the Top 50 of the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart and Top 25 of the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart.
For more, visit https://www.toniconline.com/.
More About Fastball
Formed in 1994 in Austin, Texas, Fastball combined a fondness for melodic, Beatles-inspired pop with the alternative aesthetic of late-’90s mainstream rock. Guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga, bassist/vocalist Tony Scalzo and drummer Joey Shuffield – all veterans of Austin's underground rock scene – originally banded together under the name Magneto U.S.A. After signing with Hollywood Records, the musicians changed their name to Fastball and released their debut album, “Make Your Mama Proud,” in 1996.
The album demonstrated the band’s synthesis of modern flavor and bygone pop hooks, a combination that would later launch Fastball into the mainstream. Their lead-off single “The Way” proved to be a meteoric hit, topping the American rock charts for seven weeks while enjoying crossover success as a pop single. “Fire Escape” and the piano-fueled “Out of My Head” did similarly well, and “All the Pain Money Can Buy” went Platinum within six months of its release, earning two Grammy nominations along the way. Fastball celebrated their success with a considerable amount of touring, including shows alongside Marcy Playground and Everclear.
For more, visit http://www.fastballtheband.com/.