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Summerland at the Nokia Theatre


Summerland at the Nokia Theatre
By Russ Allsup

I went to the Summerland Tour at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on
August 13 and it ended up being a solid package of four headlining bands
on one stage- a good deal for the rock fans dollar.

American Hi Fi started off the night with their brand of radio friendly
rock n roll and started the show with a jolt of energy. Second up was
Fuel, who played a solid set and had blazing guitar leads. This was also a
hometown gig for the band, who played a short but sweet set and gave a
little extra effort- it showed.

Texas rockers the Toadies were up next and just rocked. I knew them, like
most people, from their 90’s hit and great tune Possum Kingdom, a song I
loved when it ruled the airwaves. They played a set of strong rock on the
darker side, a little in the Queens of the Stone Age vein. I ended up
loving what they did and you can now count me as a fan of their unique
sound.

Last was a band I love and the headliner of the Summerland Tour,
Everclear. When I bought their cd Sparkle and Fade, it ended up as one of
my all time favorite cd’s- one of my dessert island discs. Every single
song on that album is one that I hold close to my heart. They came out
strong, opening with So Much For the Afterglow, and proceeded to tear
through a 10 song set that also featured American Hi-Fi singer Stacy Jones
on drums.

There is a lot of comeraderie on display for this tour, as members from
various bands would introduce the other bands, and also join different
bands onstage during their sets. This was a solid rock n’ roll show in
good venue, and each band that played put on a set that the crowd loved.

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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.