At a time where bleach blonde hair and flannel jackets were all the rage, 90s alt-rock bands flourished. Turns out many are still doing pretty well, in particular, Everclear. After the recent release of their ninth studio album Black is the New Black, the band hosted their 4th annual Summerland Tour, which just finished last week at Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, California. Cleartone artist Davey French has been playing guitar with the band since 10 year ago, when they were the opening act for The Rolling Stones on their “A Bigger Bang” tour.
This year, for 30 dates, The Summerland Tour took Everclear coast to coast with The Toadies, Fuel & American Hi-Fi, in what may seem at first glance to resemble a 90’s reunion tour. It’s true all bands on this tour were big in the 90’s, but this is far from the typical as all bands in the lineup are very active and regularly release new material.
Along with Everclear’s new album, American Hi-Fi came out with the album Blood and Lemonade last Fall, while Fuel released Puppet Strings earlier last year. The Toadies reissued their seminal album Rubberneck in 2014 in honor of the album’s 20th anniversary. The reissue of the album also included five bonus tracks.
Everclear’s Art Alexakis started The Summerland Tour in 2012 supported by Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground and Sugar Ray. It ended up growing so much in popularity, they’ve done it every year since.
“The bands aren’t getting rich, but we’re making money playing music in the summertime,” Alexakis says regarding the tour.
With Everclear, French has traveled the world, playing far-flung shows in Iraq, Kuwait, South Korea, Europe and all across North America, including high profile slots on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Carson Daly Show” and “The Craig Kilborn Show.” In addition to the Rolling Stones, French has also played alongside some of the biggest bands in popular music, including Metallica, Def Leppard, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Weezer, The All-American Rejects and Cheap Trick. Below are some Davey French pro-shots from Everclear’s Riverside Municipal Auditorium show last week on August 16th.