Perhaps the single coolest name in the jam-packed 2019 touring circuit is the 2019 Summer Gods Tour, which will star Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World, and begin its 35-city run in mid-June in Southern California. Both bands sprang onto the scene in the early-1990s, garnering millions of fans who have since sought out opportunities such as these to purchase tickets, which are available to the general public now on a first come, first-served basis.
For two great bands to combine forces is not exactly new, but it has been utilized more and more over the years as stadiums have increased in size, and a bunch of open-air amphitheaters have been built or drastically renovated since the turn-of-the-century.
Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind officially became a band in San Francisco in 1993, and they had songs that were popping up several times per day on popular FM stations by the end of the decade. They actually played music for a full 3 1/2 years before they got their first big break, landing a slot as an opening act during a huge performance at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium starring alternative rock legends Oasis. In an extremely rare situation, they were actually cheered back onto the stage for an additional encore, something incredibly rare for an opening act and perhaps even more rare for a band playing a huge concert for the first time ever.
It was this moment in time that gave the band members and their team the confidence that they could make a major impact on music in the upcoming years. The world of music was indeed changing quickly in the late 1990s and first years of the 21st century, as the transition from vinyl and record stores to compact discs and digital downloads on the Internet was happening quickly.
The band’s self-entitled 1997 release made it all the way up to #25 on the Billboard Top 200, and actually spent a full two years on that chart. The most popular song was Semi-Charmed Life, an upbeat, promising and motivational track that switched up speeds and vocals in a fun and quick way that became a signature of the band moving forward.
Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World was slowly coming to prominence around the exact same time frame, and they were founded in Mesa, Arizona in 1993. They had a slow build to national and global success, and it was not until their sixth album, released in 2007, that they broke into the top-five on the Billboard Top 200. They also released an initial self-entitled album as their first, but they have continued to crank out music over the years, their most recent release being Integrity Blues back in 2016. When the two bands get together to put together a set list for these many upcoming shows, they will have a variety of options in terms of their own catalog of music, as well as some performances blending the two bands.
Tour & Ticket Info
The fun begins on the West Coast, which is a rarity for huge North American tours, but not at all a surprise given the origin of the two successful bands. This means performances at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles on June 14, a show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on June 15, and performances in Portland, Seattle and Salt Lake City in the following week.
The tour will then quickly make its way through the Midwest with shows in Kansas City at the Starlight Theater, a show in St. Louis at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, and a special performance at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago on June 27. The Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill in Detroit will host a performance on the following evening before June concludes with an outdoor amphitheater performance in Indianapolis.
The month of July is just as packed, beginning with shows in Cleveland and two in New York before the tour weaves up and down the Eastern Seaboard and back through the Midwest once more, dipping into the South for the final days of July. The 2019 Summer Gods Tour is currently scheduled to conclude with a handful of West Coast performances, including a July 31 show in Phoenix at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, and an August 1 show at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheater in San Diego. An August 2 performance at The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, and a grand finale at the FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine on August 3 bring the tour to a close. Although there remains a realistic chance that tour dates will be added to this run, now is the right time for everyone interested in securing seats to one or more shows to do so for surprisingly affordable prices.