Following their long-awaited return to the UK in 2013 for Download Festival, Orange County rock band Lit hop across the pond once again this May for a very special tour. The multi-platinum-selling band will celebrate the 15 year anniversary of their breakthrough “A Place In The Sun” album with string of headline shows.
Anyone who witnessed last summer’s massive Castle Donington crowd singing along to every word of the album’s global mega-hit “My Own Worst Enemy” will testify that “A Place In The Sun” is still as relevant and fresh today as it was on its release in 1999. To make an album that strikes a chord around the world in its year of release is one thing, but to produce one that includes three massive hit singles and an enduring anthem that spans generations is an achievement few can accomplish.
“My Own Worst Enemy” won the Billboard Award for Biggest Selling Modern Rock Song of 1999 after racking up 12 straight weeks at the top of the US Modern Rock chart. Digital download ﬁgures alone are now well over 650,000, an amazing feat considering that the single was released years before the advent of online music sales.
The song, along with the album’s two other hit singles, “Ziplock” and “Miserable” (accompanied by a memorable video featuring Pamela Anderson which helped it become one of the top ten most played rock songs of 2000), made Lit MTV mainstays with appearances on the network’s landmark “Spring Break” and “Cribs” shows.
Tours with No Doubt, The Offspring and Garbage followed with the band clocking up close to 500 shows across the globe within a two year period as well as numerous appearances on the late night talk show circuit including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”.
It wasn’t long before Lit’s huge success in the US crossed the Atlantic. “My Own Worst Enemy” hit the UK Top 20 and earned them appearances on “The Big Breakfast” and “Top Of The Pops” as well as a coveted slot on the Reading and Leeds Festival mainstage.
Their most recent album, the critically acclaimed “The View From The Bottom”, was released last year after a lengthy absence from the UK, yet a one-off headline gig at London’s Koko in June conﬁrmed that the band had lost none of its edge, with new tracks like “The Broken” and “Miss You Gone” slotting in perfectly next to the classic hits.
09 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
10 – De Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
11 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
13 – Cathouse, Glasgow, UK
14 – Club Academy, Manchester, UK
15 – Electric Ballroom, London, UK
16 – Button Factory, Dublin, UK
17 – The Institute Library, Birmingham, UK
18 – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
19 – Sub 89, Reading, UK