Boston waterfront’s favorite outdoor amphitheater, the Bank of America Pavilion, is hosting all ends of the rock spectrum this week- beginning with Slightly Stoopid. As Sublime’s protégé, Slightly Stoopid was signed to Skunk Records while the members were still in high school, a young start for a band that’s making quite an impact on the music world by appealing to such a wide audience. A touch of psychedelic and acoustic rock with brushes of reggae, dub and punk rock, the band has become a staple to nationwide music festivals of all genres and performed sold out stadium shows over the years in Australia, Japan, Portugal and the UK. As a band best known for their nonstop touring schedule, this year is no different: beginning the month-long Legalize It 2010 tour with two nights at the Pavilion, July 22nd and 23rd alongside opening acts Cyprus Hill and Collie Buddz.
Next up, American jam band Widespread Panic will be performing on July 24th as part of their summer tour wrapping up at the end of July. With typical comparisons to “road warrior” bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish, Widespread Panic are also constantly on the go, having set the record for most sold out concerts in two major US arenas. The band released their eleventh studio album since the start of their career in 1988 this May, titled Dirty Side Down (2010), commemorating what will be 25 years together as a band.
Reviewer Bill Clifford calls the album, “a return to form and the band’s roots. It’s the strongest songwriting of the band’s career, an album of multi-layered textures that will provide for extensive improvisation in performance.” Although the band lost founding member and guitarist Michael Houser to pancreatic cancer in 2002, the band continued writing, recording and performing together, as was Houser’s wish. Not only are the ticket profits going to charitable causes, but the band is also hosting a food drive at the door, so make sure to have canned goods in tow.
Rock and roll supergroup Bad Company, originally consisting of ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell (who passed away in 2006), former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, both of Free, has been together for 40 years and still reign true to their classic rock roots. Having released twelve studio albums in eighteen years, with twenty hit singles throughout the years, the band is only active when the band members have time away from their separate music careers. Their current tour marks the second time they’ve toured in the past five years.
The long awaited reunion came together in 1999 and saw a complete 30-date U.S. tour that drew sellout crowds. The original members reunited again in August 2008 for a sold-out one-off show in Florida, documented on a DVD released earlier this year. The newest tour announcement follows the band’s recently completed UK trek, which culminated with a sold-out show at Wembley Arena. Bad Company will play at the Bank of America Pavilion on July 27th.
Heart, who played the Pavilion only a couple years back, are returning in promotion of a new album release come this August. While Heart hasn’t released an album since 2004’s Jupiter’s Darling, the album is said to contain 14 new tracks and a 20-track DVD release from the Seattle show in March will also be available upon the release date. Their current tour dates have featured a slightly different set list compared to past tours, with tracks from the new Red Velvet Car, side projects of the band members as well as hits from their classic rock era. Heart originally established success in the 70’s and again after a comeback in 1985.
Heart’s debut album Dreamboat Annie (1975) had two major hits, “Crazy On You” and “Magic Man” which confirmed the rock and roll fervor of their sound. Little Queen followed their debut, selling over a million units and yielding the hit “Barracuda. Heart will be in Boston at the Bank of America Pavilion next Wednesday, July 28th with Peter Frampton. This week is just a preview of what the Boston amphitheater has to offer for the rest of the summer, including Arcade Fire, Keane, Barenaked Ladies, Maroon 5, MGMT, STS9 and Sublime in August.