Sugar Ray

From1 February 2019to 02 February 2019

Sugar Ray

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Formed in 1986 Sugar Ray started off as a funk-metal band, but later came into fame once they shifted their sound in a more fun and airy direction. The group’s realization of the success they achieved with the 1997 single “Fly” prompted their stylistic change.

The members of Sugar Ray grew up in Orange County, California, US, but initially pursued different musical paths. Rodney Sheppard the band’s principal guitarist had played in several reggae bands and had even collaborated with Dean Butterworth (the drummer of Good Charlotte). Later on, Sheppard formed the band the Tories with future Sugar Ray drummer Stan Frazier. With the addition of bassist Murphy Karges and vocalist Mark McGrath, the group changed its name to Shrinky Dinx but eventually settled on the name Sugar Ray.

Though the origins of the band date back to the mid-80s the group’s debut album “Lemonade and Brownies” did not come out until 1995. The album did not produce a hit single; however, it did grab the attention of several critics and acted as a platform on which the band showcased their unique blend of hip-hop, funk, and metal.

The group struck gold with their next album “Floored”. This release featured songs written in a similar vein of their previous material; however, their single “Fly” went in an entirely different direction and went on to be the band’s most successful song to date. The song reached No.1 on the Billboard’s Airplay List and pushed album sales to double platinum status. The hype surrounding this single also landed the band a cameo in the Billy Crystal and Robin Williams’ movie “Father’s Day”.

The group released their sarcastically titled follow up “14:59” in 1999. The album’s title was a statement against the criticism of those labeling the group as a one-hit wonder. It was a hint that their 15 minutes of fame had not yet expired. The band’s assessment seemed to be spot on. The album debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 and contained two standout singles “Every Morning”, which entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart at No. 3 and “Someday” which entered at No. 7.

Sugar Ray started off the turn of the millennium recording a cover of John Cale and Brian Eno’s “Spinning Away” for the Danny Boyle dystopian film “The Beach”. They also made another appearance in the 2002 film “Scooby-Doo”, but before that they released their 2001 self-titled album that rose to commercial success thanks due to the hit single “When It’s Over”.

In 2003 the band issued their album “In the Pursuit of Leisure”, which featured a cover of Joe Jackson’s “Is She Really Going Out with Him”. In 2005 they put out a greatest hits album that contained previously unreleased material.

Following the release of their greatest hits album, the band took a break from recording and touring. They were also released from their contract with Atlantic Records during this time. The group broke this period of inactivity with the release of “Into Yesterday” which was specifically written for the “Surf’s Up” soundtrack and they also went on a small tour in Asia. Sugar Ray put out their long-awaited follow up “Music For Cougars” in 2009 and subsequently did a round of nostalgic tours with artists such as Smash Mouth and the Spin Doctors.

Friday 01 February 2019

Sugar Ray

South Point Showroom at South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Las Vegas, NV, US

 

Saturday 02 February 2019

Sugar Ray

South Point Showroom at South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Las Vegas, NV, US

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