Gin Blossoms, David Byrne, Journey Rise to Benefit Typhoon Haiyan Survivors
... Park. "Over the years, one thing we've done consistently is we've oriented ourselves toward local charities," Oates said of his band in a phone interview. Last December, Hall and Oates donated more than $100,000 in proceeds from their Atlantic City gig to the American Red Cross. The organization reported last month that it had raised more than $300 million and provided support to 2,800 Sandy-affected households. "You can't save the world with these shows," Oates said, "but I believe you can save it incrementally." Gin Blossoms
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Gin Blossoms Member Collapses On Stage
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Tours: Everclear / Sugar Ray / Lit / Gin Blossoms / Marcy Playground (US)
... July 15 Charlotte, NC TWC Uptown Amphitheater July 18 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom July 20 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center For The Arts July 21 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center July 22 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion July 24 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Events Center July 25 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap July 27 Atlantic City, NJ Ovation Hall July 29 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena August 02 Detroit, MI Sound Board - Motor City Casino Hotel August 03 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena August 04 Duluth, MN Bayfront Festival Park Tours: Everclear / Sugar Ray / Lit / Gin Blossoms
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Gin Blossoms (1987-1997)
Douglas Hopkins (guitar) 1987-1992
Bill Leen (bass) 1987-1997
Jesse Valenzuela (guitar, vocals) 1987-1997
Phillip Rhodes (drums) 1988-1997
Robin Wilson (vocals) 1988-1997
Scott Johnson (guitar) 1992-1997
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Wilson grew up loving Kiss - he even had their lunch box. So he thought it would be great to offer a Gin Blossoms lunch box to fan club members. And they did.
They played their first concert on Christmas Day 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. They made it a tradition to play a show there every Christmas.
When their 1992 album, New Miserable Experience, hit platinum, they were presented with the platinum album at a Phoenix Suns home basketball game.
Hopkins had battled with alcoholism and depression for years. Things went from bad to worse and he was fired from the band after the recording of New Miserable Experience. He tried forming another band, the Chimeras, but committed suicide in December 1993.
Previous band names include The Moral Majority, the Psalms, Algebra Ranch, and Ten O'Clock Scholars.
The Psalms' claim to fame was opening for Billy Idol in 1983 when R.E.M. couldn't make it.
Wilson had performed with local Tempe bands, Guy Smiley and Bed Spurs.
The group played a lot of gigs as the Del Montes. This was a Traveling Wilbury-esque fake group. Supposedly they all had the same mother, but different fathers. They invented this pseudonym to play gigs with Richard Taylor who had been a member of the group, but he was on probation. Playing under this name made it less likely the cops would see him breaking probation.
In 1989, they were named the best unsigned band in the United States by College Music Journal.
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