Call it a modern rock radio programmer's wet dream.
"Sex And Candy" purveyors Marcy Playground, "I Will Buy You A New Life" rockers Everclear, and "The Way" pushers Fastball are preparing to hit the road together for a tour that kicks off next month.
After topping "Billboard's" Modern Rock chart for a couple of months, Marcy Playground is now crossing over and cracking the top ten of the mainstream singles chart with its breakthrough single, an impressive feat for a band that lost its record label last summer. The band had been on EMI records when that label folded, leaving the band with nothing but "Sex And Candy" to get them through.
"It was a shock," Marcy Playground frontman John Wozniak told MTV News of EMI's closure, "but there were some radio stations that just kept banging the record. They just kept playing it. I'm sure somebody asked them to stop. You know, like, 'Hey, put this on the QT for a second,' because there's all that promotional stuff that goes on in the radio business, but they didn't. They were just like, 'You know what, people are requesting this song, and we're just going to keep playing it.' [250k Audio] So I think Capitol Records was curious about that. Then they just decided to pick up the contract that was left in the wake of the EMI catastrophe."
Since landing on Capitol, Marcy Playground has earned platinum sales status with its self-titled debut album, which you can hear plenty of on the band's tour with Everclear and Fastball.
Here's where to check it out:
5/15 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Abyss
5/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
5/20 - West Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
5/22 - Tempe, AZ @ Hayden Square Amph.
5/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ University Of Nevada
5/24 - Albuquerque, NM @ State Fairgrounds
5/25 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
5/27 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
5/29 - Camden, NJ @ Blockbuster - Sony Ctr.
6/2 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
6/4 - New York, NY @ Roseland
6/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ I.C. Light Amphitheatre
6/9 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
6/10 - Milwaukee, WI @ Modjeska Theatre
6/11 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
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