|Wednesday, February 10, 1999||
Volume 64, Issue 90
Too sexy for the stage
|Sugar Ray, Everlast
By Jesse Lauritz
Sugar Ray and Everlast will be in town at 8 p.m. tonight in the Aerial Theater at Bayou Place to promote their Billboard Top 25 CDs.
Powered by hit singles "What It's Like" and "Every Morning," the two sets will surely be full of raw energy and constant crowd-pleasing.
The sold-out concert has been highly anticipated by many fans of Sugar Ray since its visit to the bayou city in February 1998. In that stint, its tour included the likes of Goldfinger and Save Ferris.
The guys in Sugar Ray almost guaranteed continued success when they named their latest album 14:59, an allusion to Andy Warhol's irritatingly overused "15 minutes of fame" concept. The band's first single from the follow-up is the flamenco-flavored "Every Morning."
Mark McGrath's hair isn't the only thing that has gone gold for Sugar Ray -- 14:59, has just been certified gold by the RIAA. Meanwhile, "Every Morning" has lodged at No. 2 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.
(From left) Murphy Karges, Rodney Sheppard, Mark McGrath, Stan Frazier and D. J. Homicide of Sugar Ray are ready to tear it up with Everlast in the Aerial Theater at 8 p.m. tonight.
Everlast (a.k.a. Erik Schrody), formerly the lead member of Boston's House of Pain, is touring to support his new album, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues (available from Tommy Boy). His single, "What It's Like," has benefited from an enormous amount of modern-rock radio airplay.
However, Schrody had a scare early last year when he was diagnosed with a congenital heart valve problem that he apparently has had for some time.
Schrody first started to complain about chest pains while working in the studio on his first solo album.
While waiting in an emergency room, the rapper suffered from a cardiac arrest. He immediately underwent five hours of bypass surgery and was given an artificial valve.
Schrody was also once a member of Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate. Everlast and Sugar Ray go way back -- one connection ties House of Pain's D.J. Lethal, who co-produced and appeared on Sugar Ray's Lemonade and Brownies album.
Everlast's new style mixed with blazing acoustic guitar riffs make the opening act seem pumped with attitude.
This will be one concert you won't want to miss. If you have tickets,
you better have your ass there. Arrive early, buy a T-shirt and maybe even
one or both of the acts' new CDs. However, if you don't have tickets to
this sold-out show, sorry. Maybe you can catch them next year.
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