Under The Sun Tour with Sugar Ray & Smash Mouth Featuring; Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon & Fastball

Tuesday, July 30th 2013

ARTIST BIO

with Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball.

Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, and Gin Blossoms have united to present “Under The Sun 2013,” a marathon summer tour featuring a remarkable array of chart topping stars from the Nineties. Hosted by Sugar Ray’s one and only Mark McGrath, the multi-artist bill will also see performances from Vertical Horizon and Fastball. Full details – including a complete itinerary and ticket information – will be announced in April.

“TK,” says McGrath. “TK.”

“TK,” says TK of Smash Mouth. “TK.”

“Five bands, 10 guitars – too much fun,” says Gin Blossoms’ Jesse Valenzuela. “’Under The Sun’ will be spreading joy to 36 cities. If we don’t win the Nobel Peace Prize, we’re not gonna be amused!”

Boasting cumulative sales of 25 million in the US alone, the bands featured on “Under The Sun 2013” stand tall among the biggest and brightest stars of the golden age of alternative pop rock ‘n’ roll. “Under The Sun 2013” follows 2012’s “Summerland Tour,” a
31-date trek that packed sheds and arenas nationwide with a line-up co-hosted by McGrath and comprised of Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Everclear, Marcy Playground, and Lit.

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Mark McGrath is a true original. Best known as lead singer/songwriter for Sugar Ray, the Southern California-native can lay claim to a stunning string of top 10 hits, including “Someday,” “When It’s Over,” and the twin #1 classics, “Fly” and “Every Morning.” McGrath and Sugar Ray proved worldwide fan favorites, with multiple multi-platinum albums (including the RIAA 3x platinum certified 14:59), countless sold out tours, innumerable TV appearances, and starring roles on the covers of such national publications as Spin and Rolling Stone. More than two decades since their foundation later, Sugar Ray remain devoted to the cause that united them, the pursuit of good times, sunshine, and great rock ‘n’ roll.

As if that weren’t enough, McGrath – named 1998’s “Sexiest Rock Star” by People – has enjoyed a high profile career as a multi-faceted TV personality. Among his many credits are stints as co-host of the entertainment news program, Extra, and as host of the
nationally syndicated Don’t Forget The Lyrics! A three-time champion on VH1’s Rock & Roll Jeopardy, McGrath has also appeared on such hugely successful series as Fox’s American Idol, NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice (Season 4), and most recently, ABC’s Wife Swap.

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With their indelible, organ-powered style, Smash Mouth has long provided the sundappled soundtrack to summertime fun. The Southern California-based combo has earned sales exceeding six million albums in the US alone, fueled by a streak of unforgettable chart-topping hits including “Can’t Get Enough Of You, Baby,” “Then The Morning Comes,” and the #1 classics, “Walkin’ On The Sun” and “All Star.” Furthermore, the band’s songs – including distinctive covers like “I’m A Believer” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” performed in the inimitable Smash Mouth style – have been featured in a breathtaking array of film and TV programs, including The Simpsons, Can’t Hardly Wait, Half Baked, BASEketball, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, and of course, Shrek.

With founding members Steve Harwell and Paul De Lisle at the helm, Smash Mouth returned in full force last year with Magic, drawing praise once again for their everinventive beach party anthems. As if that weren’t enough, the hard touring band showed off their culinary credentials with Recipes From The Road, a rock ‘n’ roll cookbook/travelogue featuring contributions from such celebrity friends as Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, Sammy Hagar, and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jerome Bettis.

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Gin Blossoms literally define the sound of jangle pop. From their late Eighties beginnings as Arizona’s top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism, and irresistible melodies. Lead tunesmiths Robin Wilson and Jesse Valenzuela soon unfurled a series of multi-format favorites, from “Hey Jealousy” and “Until I Fall Away” to “Follow You Down” and the GRAMMY®-nominated “As Long As It
Matters,” earning Gin Blossoms sales in excess of 9 million in the US alone. In addition to the band’s own albums – including 1992’s breakthrough New Miserable Experience – Gin Blossoms songs were highlights of the RIAA gold and/or platinum certified soundtracks to such films as Speed, Empire Records, Wayne’s World 2, and several others. The band were also inescapable presences on TV, dominating MTV and performing on such shows as Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with ay Leno, and Saturday Night Live.

Gin Blossoms took a brief turn-of-the-century hiatus but reconvened shortly thereafter and haven’t looked back. The band is among the busiest touring acts in the world, playing close to 150 shows a year (including a five city tour of Iraq and Kuwait in 2010)
and releasing such acclaimed albums as No Chocolate Cake, which topped the Amazon.com sales chart upon its 2010 arrival.