Blues Traveler Concert Tickets
The American rock ‘n’ roll jam band that crosses the spectrum in rock genres their improvisational live shows helped Blues Traveler earn recognition among their fans but it was their Top 40 singles Run Around, Hook and Four their fourth studio album, that garnered them commercial success. Run Around won a Grammy and broke a record for the most weeks on the chart. Bruce Willis was a feature guest on their album, North Hollywood Shootout, which they debuted songs from at Lollapalooza festival in 2008. The bands ability to adapt and go in new and often multiple directions, like releasing on smaller labels and being largely independent has not hindered their success at all, but has actually enabled them to make choices that other artists are not able to explore. Blues Traveler released a double-disc compilation entitled 25 on Hip-O Records. It’s a commemorative album for the bands silver anniversary it includes hit singles, new covers, and previously unreleased b-side tracks. Blow Up the Moon, is their twelfth studio album and was released on April, 7, 2015. The group has had a rich and colorful career from appearing at Woodstock ’94 to opening for the Rolling Stones and headlining Red Rocks annual Fourth of July bash, and the band has worked on multiple movie soundtracks. Their fast, upbeat songs and festive atmosphere is what one can expect if a Blues Traveler show is in your future. Their blend of the rock genres create a harmonious sound and sensational experience that the band has perfected into nearly the perfect live performance.
Blues Traveler personified the second wave of jam bands that arose in the late '80s and early '90s. It was the Grateful Dead that turned the idea of playing a different, heavily improvised set of its tunes every night into a fine art. Like the Dead, Blues Traveler employs a hybrid of a number of classic American styles, from country to folk and blues, delivered in an idiosyncratic style. Led by the mighty singer/harp player John Popper, Blues Traveler had personality and appeal, but it wasn't until their hit "Runaround" that the group was catapulted into the public eye.
Blues Traveler is an American jam band, led by John Popper (vocals, harmonica) along with Chan Kinchla (guitar), Brendan Hill (drums), Tad Kinchla (bass) and Ben Wilson (keyboards). Former member Bobby Sheehan (bass) died in 1999 of a drug overdose in New Orleans. Their fourth album, Four, was a late-blooming success thanks to the singles "Run-around" and "Hook".
Blues Traveler's subsequent releases were not able to live up to the quintuple platinum sales of Four, though they have maintained a loyal fan base from the beginning of their career. Their albums with A&M in the later 1990s include Straight on Till Morning and Bridge. Sheehan's untimely death in 1999 and Popper's struggle with obesity have helped keep the group on the fringes of the mainstream, and A&M dropped the band after disappointing sales of their 2001 album "Bridge".
Blues Traveler formed in 1988, and it wasn't long before the band's penchant for extended jams found an eager audience. The band signed to A&M two years later and released their eponymous debut. The album failed to chart, but the band did what they do best: tour. More albums followed with similarly lackluster results, but the band continued on with a hectic tour schedule. Their aptly titled fourth album Four looked like it would meet the same under-the-radar fate as its predecessors upon its release in 1994; but the following year the single "Run-Around" was released, and the combination of MTV airplay and constant radio airplay proved to be an unstoppable force. Not only was "Run-Around" one of the best-selling singles in 1995, but Four went platinum five times over. H.O.R.D.E tours and more albums followed. In 1999 John Popper underwent angioplasty, leaving the future of the band in question. Popper recovered, but weeks later bassist Bobby Sheehan was found dead in his New Orleans home at age thirty-one.
On their rise to the lofty ranks of the multi-platinum, the members of Blues Traveler have achieved some significant career milestones: they reached their goal of having played in all fifty states in December 1995; they guest-starred on an episode of Roseanne in 1995; they have appeared on Late Night With David Letterman more than any other band in the history of the show; and they sold out Madison Square Garden for their annual New Year's Eve show in December 1996. Somehow, during all that excitement, they managed to compile tracks for a two-CD live set called Live From the Fall, which was released in 1996.
The year 1997 promises to bring the New Jersey four back to their boyhood roots. Earlier this year, Blues Traveler released its fifth album, Straight on Till Morning. In September, Popper and company open the first stadium dates for their boyhood idols, the Rolling Stones, on the Stones' Bridges to Babylon tour. And to bring things back full circle to their Blues Band days, they will appear in the upcoming sequel to The Blues Brothers.