The strangest lineup of the Summer has to be Alien Ant Farm, Hoobastank, and Soul Asylum. That being said, it is definitely a fun lineup. If you are a 90s/00s kid at heart, this is a lineup I think you can get behind. For me, it will basically be fitting my entire childhood in one 2.5 hour event.
What makes this equally exciting is it is three bands I have never seen live. Alien Ant Farm is one of those bands you don't hear from much, and most people didn't even realize that they are still around! Known best for their fun cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal", the quartet is going strong with the addition of Tim Peugh on bass. Original members Dryden Mitchell, Terry Corso, and Mike Cosgrove are still involved as well, and it will definitely be a pleasure to see them live.
I think every single person had a copy of The Reason when I was in middle and high school. Hoobastank is much more than one silly love song though and have continued to regularly put out albums, their last being in 2018. It's going to be a fun set to reconnect with my inner emo kid.
Admittedly, I am most excited for Soul Asylum. ZRockR caught them in 2018 and unfortunately I was not able to go. 41 years and they're still knocking out albums, with their most recent being 2020's Hurry Up and Wait. While the only original member is vocalist/rhythm guitarist Dave Pirner, the current lineup will not disappoint. Of course I'm looking forward to hits like "Runaway Train", which was a huge hit in the early 90s, but I am also hoping for something off of their earlier albums like "Long Day", "Cocaine Blues", or "Standing in the Doorway".
This free show will be downtown at Fremont Street Experience on July 30th, and there are tons of other free concerts coming up this Summer down on Fremont Street as well! Check out what else is coming here.
PHOTO CREDIT: Soul Asylum photo by Courtney Ware for ZRockR Magazine - All Rights Reserved.