On Aug 21, 2018, the Gen-X Summer tour hit the sweaty stage of Corpus Christi, TX. The bill included four bands who ruled the airwaves in the 1990's & 2000's and still continue to pump out music today. Headlined by BUCKCHERRY, along with P.O.D, LIT, and ALIEN ANT FARM; this tour sure did bring back memories.
First up was Alien Ant Farm. Known mostly for their hit rendition of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, AAF got the crowd warmed up and showed that they can still rock out. The short but energetic set also included the fan favorites Courage & Movies, all the while fans sang along with that sparkle in their eye knowing it was going to be a good night.
Up next was the band LIT, who brought an slew of emotions on their set. Opening up with a cover of Tom Petty's American Girl, Lit put the crowd in great spirits. As the set went on, they treated fans to a few new songs that are featured on their new release, These Are The Days, which brings the band in a new direction, leaning more on a country/easy rock vibe. Finishing out the set, Lit set it off with their well received anthem My Own Worst Enemy leaving a lasting impression with all in attendance.
Next, who I was excited to personally see, was P.O.D., who proved that time has not slowed them down one bit. They were a explosion of energy starting with the song BOOM and only slowed very briefly for the song Youth of The Nation. I wasn't prepared for how explosive P.O.D. is, similar to fans throughout. Playing classics like Southtown brought a feeding frenzy within the fans, satiating every urge of the musically starved. Known for being tagged as a Christian band, vocalist Sonny took time to let everyone know that they matter and are loved; and that we must take care of each other. This perfectly led into the song ALIVE, with everyone singing along in beautiful unison.
Closing out the night was the very lively BUCKCHERRY! This is one band that still carries the flag of good time rock and roll, where anything goes and it usually does! Breaking into RIDIN, the crowd quickly lost their minds and gave themselves over to the rock gods of old. Todd (vocalist) can easily work a crowd into puddy and sway them to his delights, giving everyone their rock music prescription. Watching Buckcherry perform live reminded me of the simple times of when rock music wasn't overly complicated, once you heard it, you instantly knew that you were home. Playing hits such as Too Drunk, Lit Up, and Crazy Bitch, Buckcherry gave everyone what they wanted. Good times and lasting memories; more than enough to be cherished indefinitely.