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Gen X Summer Tour Buckcherry / P.O.D. / Lit / Alien Ant Farm

Gen X Summer Tour

Buckcherry / P.O.D. / Lit / Alien Ant Farm

July 27, 2018

The Palladium

Worcester, MA

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio


The youth and young adults of Generation X were also known as the “MTV Generation” back when MTV actually played music.  The Loudwire Gen X Summer Tour, which features Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, and Alien Ant Farm will take you back to those days with a trip down memory lane.  Having maintained a touring and radio presence, these four California bands (and frequent tour mates and friends) unquestionably have reminded us of their hits that we still sing at the top of our lungs when they come on the radio.


Local openers Bad Marriage and In The Red, both well known to us at Boston Rock Radio were great selections to get this party underway.  Regrettably, I missed Bad Marriage but having seen them various times since their inception, I know they were worthy of this monster lineup.  This collection of talented musicians have successfully recaptured the 80’s hair band vibe with just enough of their own spin on things to keep them mainstream.  I found my spot front and center as In The Red took the stage.  Also no stranger to me or opening for nationals, these guys and gal took it up a notch and got the crowd primed for the onslaught ahead.  Bands like these two locals are the reason I always show up early and check out the opening acts, as you never know what treasures are in store.


Alien Ant Farm, widely known for their 1999 cover of Michael Jackson’s cover of “Smooth Criminal” came out opening the night for the touring bands.  These guys were full of energy and kept the crowd warmed up, dancing, and singing along.  “Bad Morning,” “These Days,” and “Sticks and Stones” were a few of the hits included in their lively set before concluding with the anticipated cover of  “Smooth Criminal.”


I hadn’t seen Lit in a long time and was looking forward to seeing what they were going to produce before me.  Lit was at their height during the mid to late 90s and into the early 2000s.  Tonight they came out capturing the crowd's attention surprisingly with an opening cover of “American Girl” by Tom Petty.  I would have to say that to me personally, Lit dominated my attention the most out of all the bands.  From lyrics, to stage presence, and the songs in general, my senses were captivated.  (BTW, Check out their brand new single “Good Problem To Have” which is now available everywhere.)  Lit has currently gone into the country realm with the newest album being released last week.  Although I’m not a big fan of country, I respect artists that aren’t afraid to  forge ahead.  Concluding their set this night was the rock anthem that cemented their success, “My Own Worst Enemy,” which was serenaded back in unison.


P.O.D. (Payable on Death), being the heaviest band on this tour, got things a little riled up, coming out busting into “Boom” and demanding attention for the rest of their set.  Most people remember P.O.D. by their songs “Youth of the Nation” and  “Alive.”  Although, I enjoyed the show put on by P.O.D., I felt that the nu metal addition to this hard rock lineup was a little out of place, which made being up front and center a little confining. Surviving their set surrounded by intense moshing, I was glad to still be on my feet and was excited for Buckcherry.


Buckcherry's current line up includes frontman, and the only remaining original member, Josh Todd along with Stevie D. (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Kelly LeMieux on bass, Kevin Roentgen (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Sean Winchester (Drums)."  Not only do these guys indulge the eyes with sexiness, but their music has stood the test of time, forming originally in 1995.  This is one of those bands that I can just listen to over and over and not get tired of them.  Buckcherry blew through their set, including favorites “Lit Up,”and “Crazy Bitch,” as the crowd reminiscently sang along.  Wrapping up the show with an impressive 3 song encore, Todd belted out memorable renditions of The Door’s “Roadhouse Blues” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”


The crowd trickled out into the summer humidity singing, “I Will Always Love You.”  A great, and ironic, ending to a perfect night of rock and a summer tour certainly worth remembering and reminding us that rock never did die!


Remaining Tour Dates:
08/19 @ Providence Medical Center - Bonner Springs, KS
8/21 @ Concrete Street Pavilion - Corpus Christi, TX

8/22 @ HEB Center - Cedar Park, TX
08/24 @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music - Irving, TX
08/25 @ Speaking Rock Entertainment FREE SHOW - El Paso, TX
08/26 @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland - Sugar Land, TX
08/28 @ Abilene Civic Center - Abilene, TX
08/30 @ Tyson Events Center - Sioux City, IA
08/31 @ DuQuoin State Fair - DuQuoin, IL
09/01 @ Naperville Last Fling - Naperville, IL
09/03 @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO *
 *Pointfest Radio Show with Offspring, 311, and more
09/06 @ BLK Live - Scottsdale, AZ
09/07 @ BLK Live - Scottsdale, AZ

FULL PHOTO GALLERY by Michael LaFleche:


(Also look under the “Band” tab to see full shoot of individual bands.)



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