’90s Rockers Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Tonic & Everclear Resurface
Holy flashback! While much of the world has been focusing on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America, four noted '90s rock acts have resurfaced with major announcements in recent days. Actually, they've never really went away, they've just been a bit off the radar.
First, and in possibly the most bizarre news ever, Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath has been cast in "Sharknado 2: The Second One" alongside the first film's stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid. Other newcomers making cameos in the Syfy made-for-TV schlock-fest include Tara Reid, Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, and Judah Friedlander. It's expected to debut in July.
When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The singer of a band best known for the '90s hit "Fly" in a movie about flying sharks. McGrath also will serve as the new host of "Killer Karaoke," a sort of "American Idol"-meets-"Fear Factor" competition, which bows on TruTV Feb. 20.
While nothing can quite top McGarth's big news, some other '90s rockers are also keeping busy.
Everclear frontman Art Alexakis has been named as the new Songwriting Program Chair of the recently renamed Los Angeles College of Music, formerly known as the Los Angeles Music Academy.
Alexakis knows a thing or two about songwriting, having penned such '90s rock hits as "Santa Monica (Watch The World Die)," "Everything to Everyone," "I Will Buy You a New Life," and "Father of Mine." Despite the new gig, Alexakis hasn't given up on Everclear. The current version of the band, now a quintet, has dates booked on March 1 at the Bud Light Stage 7th and Geyer in St. Louis and March 15 at the Liquid Sol Music Festival at the Sportsman's Park in Glendale, Arizona.
Also on the bill on the March 15 show is Tonic, best known for the 1997 monster hit "If You Could Only See." The trio's frontman, Emerson Hart, just announced he's releasing his second solo album, "Beauty in Disrepair," on April 15. In 2007, Hart scored a top 20 hit with "If You're Gonna Leave," from his solo debut, "Cigarettes and Gasoline," on the Billboard's Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.