Interview by Robert Cavuoto
Rock and Roll titans Everclear will release a live album, Live at The Whisky a Go Go, on September 8th via Sunset Blvd Records.
The 17-track collection was recorded and filmed in late 2022 during Everclear’s 30th Anniversary Tour in Art’s hometown of Los Angeles. It marked the first time the acclaimed quartet performed at the famed venue. Live at The Whisky a Go Go features all the hits and deep tracks from Everclear’s extraordinary catalog with two new studio songs, “Year Of The Tiger” and the new single “Sing Away.”
Art Alexakis [vocals, guitar], Davey French [guitar], Freddy Herrera [bass], and Brian Nolan [drums] handpicked these songs from their vast catalog to perform at their sold-out show. Each song showcases the band’s aggressive and diverse playing style coupled with Art’s powerful vocals. The excitement in the room was palpable as over 600 fans crammed into the Whisky for this fierce and energetic show. Art promises a full theatrics video release of the show coming very soon!
The band will embark on a fall headlining tour featuring special guests The Ataris and The Pink Spiders to celebrate the release. The 30-date launches September 6th and crosses the country until October 15th. For ticket info, please visit www.everclearmusic.com/tour.
It was a pleasure to interview Art about the release of Live at The Whisky a Go Go. He shares the issues the band experiences during sound check that put them on edge, how playing the Whisky was a bucket item for him, shares he used to sell drugs at the Whisky in the 80s, how the band gives nothing less than 150% each night, and how they leave it all on stage! Check out the full interview, and please make sure to follow My Global Mind on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Since forming in 1992, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career by any measure, spanning 11 studio releases, including four that have been certified Gold or Platinum, selling over 6 million records, and achieving 12 Top 40 Hit Singles on Mainstream Rock, Alternative, and Adult Top 40 radio, including “Santa Monica,” “Father of Mine,” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” “Wonderful” and “Everything To Everyone,” as well as numerous videos, thousands of shows, and various other accolades, including a 1998 Grammy nomination. The band’s 1993 debut album, World Of Noise, released on the Portland independent label Tim/Kerr Records, paired with their significant efforts to break into college radio and the buzz they’d created within the Portland music scene, attracted the attention of major labels, including Capitol Records, which signed the group soon after. Beginning with their major-label debut, 1995’s platinum-selling album Sparkle and Fade, and its massive chart-topping hit “Santa Monica,” Everclear was soon a household name and catapulted into the masses, thus allowing their impressive three-decade career to prosper and endure. In 2019, Alexakis was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and has since donated one dollar from every ticket purchased for his performances to charities such as Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and National MS Society. To celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2022, Everclear reissued World Of Noise as a special remastered, deluxe edition, making the album available for the first time on digital streaming platforms with 6 bonus songs in addition to its original 12 tracks. In addition to his thousands of Everclear performances over the band’s lengthy career, Alexakis created and runs the annual Summerland Tour, which features a package of popular ‘90s alt rock bands, and he released his first solo album, Sun Songs, in 2019. PRESS HERE to watch a special commemorative anniversary video, “Everclear – 30 Years Gone: A Retrospective,” hosted by former MTV VJ, current radio host and longtime friend Matt Pinfield. More than three decades later, Everclear’s enduring legacy and ongoing appeal as a live band continues.