The 2015 Summerland Tour is testament to the spirit of rock and roll, packed with 1990’s alternative rock nostalgia provided by American Hi-Fi, Fuel, Everclear, and The Toadies.
American Hi-Fi opened the night with the crowd still eagerly, trickling into downtown San Antonio’s Aztec Theatre. It was an energetic performance that set the perfect tone for the nostalgia that would ensue as the night, full of 90’s alternative rock radio, would surely return listeners to earlier years and memories. American Hi-Fi was a sure reminder of the years that pop punk made it’s presence known across airwaves. The band closed their set to the crowd singing along to their hit song Flavor of the Week.
Fuel had no trouble reminding the audience why they saw so much success in the 90s with a setlist packed with major hits and fan favorites such as Bad Day, Shimmer, and Hemorrhage.
Everclear has been headlining the majority of the tour, but honorably gave the Toadies the headline slot for the Texas leg. American Hi-Fi drummer Stacey Jones announced the band before hopping on the drums to with Everclear.
Everclear‘s set began and began again as the stage lights came on late into the opening song So Much for the Afterglow. It was a set that boasted mainstream hits like Father of Mine and Everything is Wonderful, while showcasing a deeper side with songs like Heroin Girl. Everclear frontman Art Alexakakis made it clear that he’s not particularly happy with the current state of rock music and demonstrated that the band can still write worth wild rock and roll music in new songs like The Man Who Broke His Own Heart. The band closed the set with Andrew and Brett from Fuel, and Troy of the Toadies joining the band on stage to play Santa Monica.
While it might be easy for the average person to write The Toadies off as a one hit wonder, they were in full force defiance of that notion in their home state of Texas, kicking the night off with Backsliders and burning through a well-rounded set showing any doubters that there’s much more to the Toadies than Possum Kingdom, though, the hit was undeniably the Texas crowd’s long-awaited favorite. While the hair may be a little grayer these days, none of these bands have lost any of their edge and the spirit of rock and roll is alive and well.