Sugar Ray plays Music for Cougars, learns to “Fly” again

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    At first I thought to myself, “Perhaps this is my ‘Guilty Pleasure’ article biting me in the ass.” Maybe these flashbacks to high school are just that, simple delusions and deja vu. We could at least fathom Creed taking a swing at reuniting because Scott Stapp finally realized he is not Jesus. But between the Blink 182 green screen fiasco, Limp Bizkit’s European descent, and No Doubt’s reunion tour, things are getting to be a tad bit ridiculous. And that’s even without mention the fact that Sugar Ray is now apparently returning.

    Is there a memo these late 90s bands missed about the “Do’s and Do Not’s” of comebacks? First off, reunions are only fun if your band is the only one doing so, not if you wait until all your alumni pop up like Whack-A-Mole figurines. Second, who really thinks Sugar Ray will sell out seats? Their last decent hit was early millennium and that was after they went from alternative and into pop rock like everyone else (Lemonade and Brownies to 14:59). Add insult to injury, Mark McGrath has become increasingly annoying during his tenor on tabloid TV show Extra.

    But alas, according to, July 21st will see the release of Sugar Ray’s latest outing titled Music for Cougars, the first single being “Boardwalk” (let me guess, a hit song for the summer). Maybe this is the band trying to simply rekindle the days of “Fly”. Personally, that is about as useful as Eminem trying for more celebrity satire – “We Made You” ring any bells? We suppose the next thing to hit us could be a Lou Bega comeback or another pop star saturated Santana CD, but all those against please cross fingers, toes and any other appendages available.


    The band will support its new LP with a North American tour this summer. All confirmed tour dates below.

    Sugar Ray 2009 Tour Dates:
    07/24 – Hankinson, ND @ Dakota Magic Casino
    07/25 – Lac Du Flambea, WI @ Taste of the Torches Resort
    07/26 – Chicago, IL @ Taste of Lincoln Avenue
    07/28 – Detroit, MI @ Hall
    07/29 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
    07/30 – Dewey Beach, DE @ Bottle & Cork
    07/31 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
    08/01 – Binghamton, NY @ Spiedie Fest
    08/03 – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
    08/04 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
    08/06 – Stamford, CT @ Columbus Park
    08/07 – New York, NY @ The Fillmore
    08/08 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    08/10 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
    08/11 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ South End
    08/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
    08/14 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
    08/15 – Orlando, FL @ Downtown Orlando
    08/16 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
    08/18 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
    08/19 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
    08/21 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
    08/22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    08/23 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
    09/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
    09/12 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
    09/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Empire
    09/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
    09/16 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
    09/18 – Newport Beach, CA @ Taste of Newport
    09/20 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
    09/22 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
    09/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
    09/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
    09/26 – San Diego, CA @ Hard Rock

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