EVERCLEAR Frontman ART ALEXAKIS Reflects On New Live Album: “I Like How Raw It Sounds; A Live Album Must Sound Actually Live!”

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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.

Recorded on a shoestring budget, 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, the band’s frontman Art 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.

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To celebrate its 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

Everclear will release “Live at The Whisky a Go Go” on Friday, September 8th via Sunset Blvd Records, digitally, on CD and 2-LP green vinyl. The 17-track collection was recorded and filmed in late 2022 during Everclear’s 30th Anniversary Tour back in Alexakis’ hometown of Los Angeles and marked the first time the acclaimed quartet performed at the famed venue. “Live at The Whisky a Go Go” features all the hits and hidden treasures from throughout Everclear’s extraordinary catalog as well as two bonus studio tracks, last year’s single “Year Of The Tiger” and new single “Sing Away.”  

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The live album will be celebrated and promoted on a fall headlining tour featuring special guests The Ataris and The Pink Spiders. The 30-dates trek launches September 6th and crosses the country until October 15th with stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco, Nashville, Denver, and many more. 

More than three decades later, Everclear’s enduring legacy and ongoing appeal as a live band continues. In a very candid interview with Rodrigo Altaf, Art Alexakis reflected on the group’s trajectory so far, the ups and downs of the music business, plans for the future, and much more. Listen to their chat from the embedded player below, and remember to your pre-order ready for “Live at The Whisky a Go Go” AT THIS LOCATION.


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