Mark McGrath & Friends Cruise: Smashmouth, Gin Blossoms, & More '90s Bands -- On a Boat!

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Stretch your sea legs and sharpen those soul patches: Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath is hosting the biggest 90's radio rock revival of all time upon the warm waves of the Atlantic, and even from here I can smell the salty goodness of Clinton-era prosperity.

See also:

Should We Feel Bad About '90s Nostalgia? A Few Words In Defense of the Summerland Tour The Pistoleros' Debut Record, Mistaken For Granted, Finally Available Again Dust Off Your Flannel: Is the Underground Rising to the Mainstream?

Unlike the hip contemporary musical fare of last month's S.S. Coachella, the Mark McGrath & Friends Cruise is a three-day departure back to 1996, when frosted tips were at their spikiest and moody white guys with lightly distorted guitars ruled the charts. Aboard a Carnival Cruiseliner set to depart from Miami, Florida on Oct. 18, guests will be treated to an all-star line-up of alt rock royalty, headlined by the guys who wrote that song "All Star."

Smashmouth and McGrath-led Sugar Ray will be joined by the Valley's own Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Vertical Horizon, The Verve Pipe, Marcy Playground and Cracker. To mellow things out, acoustic sets by Live's Ed Kowalczyk and Collective Soul's Ed Roland are also featured.

As a deep apologist for 90's alt rock nostalgia, I'm actually surprised this kind of thing hasn't come together sooner. Classic rock cruises with bygone hit-makers are nothing new, and it was about time this particular generation of radio rockers got their time in the tropical spotlight before hitting the casino circuit. Did I mention there will be a casino (as well as an art gallery?) on the ship?

I have one complaint: there's buffets and karaoke, but how could the granddaddies of adult alternative rock, Third Eye Blind, not be on this bill? I implore Mark McGrath to do whatever it takes to stow Stephen Jenkins aboard, and I'll be first in line with flannel swim trunks.

Follow us on Twitter and friend us on Facebook

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.