Under the Sun 2014

Recent News

July 8, 2014 - Watch Mark on Extra Tomorrow!

See Mark's interview on the UTS tour bus... Click Here for times!

July 1, 2014 - Stay Up-to-Date With Under the Sun Tour Information

Instagram and Twitter accounts (@UTS_Tour) have been setup to keep you informed of line-up changes and other tour information. Also check out #UnderTheSun2014.

April 24, 2014 - Mark McGrath Stays Fly, Carries 90s Torch

Read Mark's interview on www.arena.com.

April 21, 2014 - Mark McGrath talks 'Under the Sun Tour,' Sugar Ray and Career

See his interview on www.digitaljournal.com.

April 8, 2014 - Watch Mark McGrathTV!

Check out Mark's new YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MarkMcGrathTV.

April 7, 2014 - Sugar Ray Backstage at the Spotlight 29 Casino!

March 20, 2014 - Under the Sun Tour 2014 Dates Announced!

Find out where the Under the Sun Tour will be stopping near you! Click here for tour date information.

February 10, 2014 - Sugar Ray Joins the Line-up of Kid Rock's Chillin' the Most Cruise

For more information visit: www.kidrockcruise.com/lineup/

February 10, 2014 - Sugar Ray Plays Bands, Brews & BBQ on Sunday February 16th

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Busch Gardens® Tampa’s annual Bands, Brew & BBQ festival continues this weekend with some of the biggest names in music. Grammy-award winning Earth, Wind & Fire takes the stage on Saturday, Feb. 15. The legendary Earth, Wind & Fire spans the genres of R&B, soul, jazz, pop, rock, funk, disco and gospel with their music!

On Sunday, Feb. 16, Sugar Ray, featuring lead singer and multi-platinum album artist Mark McGrath, will perform some of the band’s biggest hits for thousands of fans. Also on Sunday, Gin Blossoms will perform some of their chart-topping hits.

The Gwazi Park stage sizzles with music throughout the day. Headline concerts start at 5 p.m. and the field will open at noon. The full concert area is free to guests and located just behind the Gwazi rollercoaster.

Now in its seventh straight year, Bands, Brew & BBQ is bigger than ever, filling every Saturday and Sunday through March 9 with an unlimited sampling of more than 100 specialty and craft beers, saucy barbeque from the bay area’s most popular restaurants and live concerts.

Guests can reserve the best seat in house for their favorite acts with the Bands, Brew & BBQ VIP Ticket. The VIP Ticket is $34.99 per person and includes priority reserved seating at center stage, plus an entrée platter and non-alcoholic beverage at any festival tent location OR an entrée, one side salad, side dish or dessert, and a regular-sized non-alcoholic beverage from any of Busch Gardens’ restaurants. The VIP ticket is available for sale at buschgardens.com and in park at the Adventure Outpost store, located at the front gate.

January 8, 2014 - Happy New Year from Mark McGrath!

Mark has just posted a new Random Though on his site talking about some exciting things coming in 2014! Check it out at www.markmcgrath.com.

About Sugar Ray

The Southern California-based band's last album “MUSIC FOR COUGARS,” an exuberant reiteration of the band’s signature sound, with particular focus on songcraft and sonic invention. As ever, musical styles –from dancehall to disco, punk to pure pop – are mixed and matched, resulting in a celebratory, swaggering collection that is distinctively and delightfully Sugar Ray. Songs like the buoyant first single, “Boardwalk,” or the Rivers Cuomo-penned “Love Is the Answer” are fit to burst with the wit and energy that once saw the band rule over the Top 10. “MUSIC FOR COUGARS” sees this band of brothers operating at the very peak of its powers, with the skills, strengths, and smarts that only two decades together can provide.

“I’m not going to say we made the best record of our career,” beams singer Mark McGrath. “That’s just so clichéd. But we did!”

Since their 1995 “LEMONADE AND BROWNIES” debut, Sugar Ray became stuck in a biennial cycle of touring and recording, touring and recording. 1997’s RIAA double platinum-certified sophomore effort, “FLOORED,” and its smash follow-up, 1999’s triple platinum “14:59” were trailed by 2001’s self-titled collection and 2003’s “IN THE PURSUIT OF LEISURE.” By the time of 2005’s “THE BEST OF SUGAR RAY,” the band had well and truly earned a break.

Since their 1986 inception as The Shrinky Dinks, McGrath took the time to explore new creative terrain – staying in the spotlight as co-host of the nationally syndicated entertainment news program, Extra as well as hosting Don't Forget the Lyrics, while guitarist Rodney Sheppard teaches music to neighborhood kids. Perhaps more importantly, Sheppard, started a family, in their hometown of Newport Beach.

“It was just the natural course to sort of lay back for a while,” Sheppard says, “We had a good run up to that time and we’d gotten to the point where we welcomed a break. It just ended up being a bit longer than we thought.”

Sugar Ray was in fact quite active during their hiatus, busting out the hits at private corporate events, county fairs, and countless summer festivals. By 2008, the band was itching to get back into the studio. In July, McGrath left Extra in order to devote more of his time to Sugar Ray. At the same time, the band’s longtime friend, producer Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park), invited them to cut a new album for his just-launched label, Pulse Recordings. 

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