Gin Blossoms Tour 2018


The Troubadour
West Hollywood, CA
Monday September 17, 2018
Gin Blossoms, fresh off a U.S. tour celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary
of their 5x multi-platinum breakthrough album “New Miserable Experience,”
made a stop at the sold-out Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA​ ​on Monday.
Gin Blossoms, formed in Tempe, Arizona in 1987, tore through old favorites
like “Allison Road,” “Follow You Down,” “Found out About You,” and “Hey
Jealousy” (their biggest hit, with over 13 million views). They also delved into
rollicking new material such as “Break” and “Angels Fly” off their latest release
“Mixed Reality,” which dropped in June on Cleopatra Records.
Featuring Robin Wilson on lead vocals, the band had fans in the
enthusiastic crowd dancing and singing along to every word of the hits,
with a few in the throng occasionally accompanying the musicians with
tambourines that Wilson handed out to some lucky fans down front.
New songs, of which the band played several, were well received by
all.  The crowd may not have known all the words yet, but the music
certainly seemed to resonate with them.  “Mixed Reality,” the first
release since “No Chocolate Cake” back in 2010, continues in the tradition
of an unmistakable Gin Blossom sound. A sound that never failed to keep
the Troubadour bouncing.  Song writing remains strong and compelling and
the band extremely tight.  Additional testament to the reason Gin Blossom
records exceed 10 million in sales!
Gin Blossoms, with Wilson on vocals, percussion, harmonica and acoustic
guitar, Scott “Scotty” Johnson on guitar and backup vocals, Scott Hessel
bangin’ the skins, Bill Leen on bass, and Jesse Valenzuela on guitar and
backup vocals continue to enthrall ardent followers with music that has
weathered the test of time.  An added bonus: Gin Blossom fans don’t need
to sell a kidney to see their band in intimate venues like the world
famous Troubadour!  Tickets were a steal!
Even after more than a quarter century of relentless touring, Gin Blossoms
still bring plenty of energy and passion to their live performances.  In
the era of over-production and “auto-tune perfection,” it’s refreshing to
see a band that sounds just as good in concert as they do on polished
studio tracks.
Upcoming events include:
Friday Sept. 21 – Grand Junction, CO  (Los Colonias Amphitheater)
Saturday Sept. 22 – Denver, CO  (With Loverboy, Rick Springfield and Tommy
Friday Sept. 28 – Virginia Beach, VA (Neptune Festival)
Saturday Sept. 29 – Gretna, LA  (Gretna Heritage Festival)
Friday Oct. 12 – Deadwood, SD  (Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel and Casino) 
Friday Dec. 14 – Maricopa, AZ  (Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino)
Photos & review by: John G Tobin

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