Get Excited for Lou Bega And The Goo Goo Dolls: A Look At The Worst College Spring Concerts

What happens when your band has one or two hits, but not enough talent to really sustain a meaningful and worthwhile musical career? Well, you can either gracefully move on and realize when your time in the limelight is over, or you can painfully drag out the inevitable for another decade or so, until one day you find yourself performing at the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil, singing songs about teenage angst that you wrote over twenty years ago, and starting to wonder if you have become a parody of yourself. And you probably have.

With college campuses nationwide gearing up for their spring concerts, we decided to take a look at some of the bands that you forgot existed, but will be coming to your campus to sing that one song that you kind of remember! Are you not vaguely excited?

Eve 6

Hot on the heels of their hit “Inside Out”, Eve 6 are back and ready to rock like it’s 1998. Though the band disbanded in 2004, they saw there was a hole in the modern rock landscape that only Eve 6 could fill, which is why they recently announced that they will be putting their side project, “Sugi Tap” (why is it that side projects always have names that are commercially untenable?), on indefinite hiatus and making their triumphant return at Washington St. University.

With a new album in the works and a string of college shows lined up, it’s looking like big things are in store for Eve 6 in 2008. One has to wonder though – will Eve 6 play the fan favorites, or will they opt to “focus on new material” (which inevitably always involves keyboards and/or drum machines)? Will fans still connect with songs like “Here’s to the Night” back like they did in 2001 when it was in regular rotation on countless make-out soundtracks? What will become of former guitarist John Siebels, who opted out of the reunion to focus on his new band, “Monsters are Waiting”?

Will fans accept new guitarist Matt Bair? Are there fans? Or are they through with their rendezvous with Eve 6? (come on, you knew that was coming)

See Eve 6 at:

-Washington St. University

-College of St. Rose

-Siena College

-Hamilton College

-Union College

O.A.R.

Coming soon to Every College Everywhere, it’s that band that sang that one song about poker that you downloaded when everyone was still using Napster. Challenging the limits of relevancy and good taste, O.A.R. is the band you forget anyone likes until they sell out a nearby stadium, and suddenly you find yourself sitting in a parking lot and participating in a drum circle.

O.A.R. play what can best be described as Trustifarian Rock – that southern rock/Jamaican white boy thing that was so popular in the Sublime/DMB/Dispatch era. Their fanbase consists of such a strikingly homogeneous crowd of jocks and sorority chicks that one wonders if there is a genetic predisposition to liking this kind of music. One thing is certain: sustained exposure to a white kid singing in an affected southern/Jamaican accent is likely to cause brain damage.

See O.A.R. at:

-University of Maryland

-University of Northern Iowa

-University of Illinois

-University of Kentucky

Third Eye Blind

Big things happen when Stephan Jenkins, Brad Hargreaves, Tony Fredianelli and Leo Kremer get together to make music as Third Eye Blind, yielding a string of hits back in the 90’s such as “Semi-Charmed Life”, “Graduate”, “Jumper” and the (humorously grammatically titled) “How’s it Going to Be.”

So what has become of the band since those halcyon days? Well, after a brief hiatus and a commercially unsuccessful third album, which was promoted via the “Within Arms Reach” – a tour of smaller clubs so that the band and its fans could literally get “within arms reach of each other”, as explained by the band – 3EB front man Jenkins has revealed that the band is working on a fourth album titled The Hideous Strength. Jenkins also reveals that the album will be “more political” than past efforts.

Sigh.

One wonders if fans will connect with the new, more self-serious Third Eye Blind. One also wonders what the practical difference is between the snack wraps available at Wendy’s versus those available at McDonalds. One wonders a lot of things.

See Third Eye Blind at:

-West Chester University

-Williams College

-Amherst College

-SUNY Oswego

-E. Connecticut St University

Gin Blossoms

As Wikipedia explains it, “[the Gin Blossoms] took their name from a photo of W.C. fields, which bore the caption ‘W.C. Fields with gin blossoms,’ referring to the actor’s gin-ravaged nose,” which is by far one of the best explanations of a band name I think I have ever heard. Another great thing about Wikipedia is that it provides insight into the often tumultuous and checkered pasts of artists that suddenly disappear from the limelight. Wheatus? Disagreements with the record label. LFO? Artistic differences (oh, to have been a fly on the wall during those conversations). Lou Bega? Consumed by a swarm of locusts in a freak accident (well, not really). Such are the ravages of fame.

As the Gin Blossoms prove, even acts on the margins of rock n’ roll history are not immune to the destructive nature of the rocker lifestyle. With failed studio albums, alcoholism, and personal meltdowns in their past, it’s a miracle the Blossoms are still around and kicking in 2008. Here’s to hoping that they have an incident-free show during their one college date at Mississippi St. University. Take it easy now kids. We know it’s been ten years since you heard “Hey Jealousy,” but that’s no reason to go f*cking bananas. Oh dear God, they’re heading to the Provost’s office…THEY’RE HEADING TO THE PROVOST’S OFFICE!

See the Gin Blossoms at:

-Mississippi St. University

27 thoughts on “Get Excited for Lou Bega And The Goo Goo Dolls: A Look At The Worst College Spring Concerts”

  1. Dude….not sure where you actually reside, but making fun of the Crawfish Boil in B'ham shows how COMPLETELY CLUELESS you are. This event started about 15 years ago in someone's backyard, and now draws 10,000 people to hear music and enjoy the incredible weather.

    I suppose it is stylish, in your circles, to make fun of things…but COME ON, LEARN a LITTLE BIT about something before you make fun of it…

  2. I bet the crawfish boil is a hoot but that doesn't change the fact that they hire hacks to provide the musical entertainment

  3. Dude, you're trying to defend the CRAWFISH BOIL… Seriously?

    I did some research prior to this post and found that Gavin Degraw, Fergie, and 3 Doors Down will be performing. I can't think of a more painful event.

    Get back to your trailer.

  4. Gavin and Fergie command more cash to play then 95% of artists out there right now so maybe you need to reevaluate what you think makes a good concert. This is a really popular event and this years line up proves that they nail downmore then 3rd rate hacks. Just because they aren't alt rock and under the radar bands doesn't mean the concert is shitty.

  5. "Just because they aren’t alt rock and under the radar bands doesn’t mean the concert is shitty."

    Actually, it means just that. Big time.

    And I'm stylish in my circles, too.

  6. Are you implying Fergie isn't the epitome of musical skill and ability? I LOVE SINGING TROLLS!

  7. Gee Daniel, I’m a retired, 40 year old multi millionaire, so rather than “go back to my trailer”, I guess I will just buy whatever shitty company you work for and welcome you to the unemployment line…grow up you wanker

  8. Gee Scott – I am so impressed, I just orgasm’d – which is actually a good thing, as I just read

    this is a site for college-aged kids. Why don’t you go buy a social club or an eHarmony account. Creep.

  9. Hey man I hate to break this to you but everyone gets one of those publishers clearing house "checks". I know this was probably confusing for you. Hope you didn't quit that job at Denny's just yet!

    "Hey maw lookit me! Ahm a millionaire!"

  10. Scott is a turd

    I'm willing to bet your not a multi-millionaire, however I do believe you are 40.

  11. let's face the facts the crawfish boil is one of the better warm weather events this year. better than Coachella this year at least

  12. it's comical to watch shallow,uneducated, completely clueless people like you make comments like that. good think you have mom and dad's couch to sleep on for the next 25 years…reality, as you will soon learn, is tough on folks like you…

  13. I dunno Scott – claiming to be a multi millionaire yet you're killing your day coming to this site to defend the Crawfish Boil? One would think you'd have better things to do with your time/money

  14. Dude, you're bashing O.A.R. only to feature them in the "14 Can't-Miss College Concert Tours of Spring 2008" article? Make up your minds…

  15. Try learning some grammar yourself; there's nothing at all wrong with "How's it going to be?" If you look at the lyrics to the song, it fits perfectly within the sentences. It even sounds better than your stilted phrasing ("hopelessly grammatically titled").

    Furthermore, I don't know how attitudes are where you are, but it seems to me that people would be pretty pleased with Eve 6 and Third Eye Blind, especially given the outrageous fees that current top-tier artists command. I'd rather enjoy some 90's nostalgia and still have some money left over for actual education.

  16. I would actually be down to see any of these bands, a couple of them ive actually seen already

  17. Doug Hopkins wrote all of the blossoms hits. He was the gin in gin blossoms- Without him the band is just the blossoms. They really stink without Doug.

  18. Eve 6 reunited last October at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.

    Maybe you should do some research first?

  19. I never thought I would see the day that people are actually trying to defend these shitty, no talent cock rockers written about above.

    Congrats Scott! You prove the stereotype that rich middle aged white men are fucking creepy and fucking pointless. Have fun with your money and just blow your head off already.

    Good day!

  20. To put Scott's behavior into perspective, I'm sure Donald Trump whiles away his hours on Amazon.com, writing fake positive reviews for his books and responding to detractors.

    Oh wait, that's right, he doesn't. Because that sort of behavior would be classified as pathetic.

  21. Alright, alright. Funny, funny. Yeah, and in 1998 people used to make fun of Def Leppard, Poison, Bon Jovi, and a host of other mid to late 80s music that wasn't "cool" to listen to anymore. Although I can agree with the obscurity of Eve 6, and then over-hyped and less than satisfying OAR (saw them in college in 2001, and, yeah, boring), I cannot agree with your assessment of 3rd Eye Blind, the Goo Goo Dolls, or the Gin Blossoms. Those bands rock, man, even today. The music is good and isn't all down and sappy like the Emo b.s. we have to put up with in rock. If you can play "Slide" on guitar, girls still go just as crazy about it today as they did ten years ago.

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