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Alt 92.1’s ALTitude brings Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World to Montage Mountain in Scranton on July 12

Alt 92.1’s ALTitude brings Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World to Montage Mountain in Scranton on July 12
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From a press release:

Today, Third Eye Blind, known for big radio hits like “Jumper,” “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going to Be,” and “Never Let You Go,” announced their 35-city Summer Gods Tour with fellow multi-platinum-selling alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World and opening act Ra Ra Riot, an indie rock group from Syracuse, New York.

Produced by Live Nation, the North American amphitheater tour will kick off June 14 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, with dates in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and more, before wrapping Aug. 3 in Irvine, California at the FivePoint Amphitheatre.

Alt 92.1 will bring the tour to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton as part of the alternative radio station’s annual ALTitude Music Festival on Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. More acts will be announced in the coming months.

Third Eye Blind headlined the station’s Nutcracker Ball back in 2015 when it was was still called Fuzz 92.1. After the company’s rebranding, its annual Fuzz Fest became ALTitude, but the festival’s first year was canceled due to a scheduling conflict with the headlining act, Bleachers. While Alt 92.1 has hosted many smaller shows since then, ALTitude did not return in 2018, so this will be a big comeback for the local festival.

“The most scintillating, inspiring collective moments of my life have been outdoors in the summer exploding with music,” says Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins. “Those sensations travel from when I was a little kid and rock music was brand new to our last Summer Gods tour, when everything is magically new again. I seek to create that exact blissed-out state of aliveness on tour this summer.”

Touring in the summer “feels like more of a festival thing, because Third Eye Blind takes a lot of time in picking out the bands to play with us,” Jenkins told iHeartRadio’s on-air personality Andrew Harms in an exclusive interview that ran earlier this morning across iHeartMedia’s network of alternative stations.

“We couldn’t be more excited to spend our 25th summer as a band touring the country of our birth to play music for our American fans!” says Jimmy Eat World in a statement. “Thanks to Third Eye Blind for inviting us to be a part of this amazing tour. We can’t wait to hang out with our fans as well as making some new friends!”

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning next Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at livenation.com. To ensure tickets get in to the hands of fans and not scalpers or bots, the tour has partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform. Fans can register now through Monday, Jan. 28 at 1 a.m. here for the Verified Fan pre-sale. Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets before the general public on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 p.m.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Jan. 30 at noon until Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass program.

Following rare club dates in Los Angeles and New York City to try out new music, San Francisco’s Third Eye Blind is now back in studio working on the follow-up to “Dopamine” (2015) and 2018’s “Thanks for Everything,” an EP of songs they love, with proceeds benefiting the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Jimmy Eat World’s latest album, “Integrity Blues,” came out in 2016. On May 4, 2018, the Arizona band released “Love Never/Half Heart,” featuring two new songs.

Meanwhile, Third Eye Blind has been touring greener every year. Because the oceans need our help, the band and their crew have been free of water bottles since 2017. This year, to offset the tour’s carbon footprint, they will be voluntarily investing in a carbon offset project in Alaska managed by ClimeCo, the American Land Conservancy, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Additionally, to offset audience travel – the biggest source of carbon emissions from the tour – a portion of each ticket sold will support a U.S.-based ClimeCo carbon offset project. (Calculate your own carbon footprint here.)

“Music and surfing are all foundational in my life, and the longer I go, the more so it is not a big step to seek to make our tours ocean friendly,” adds Jenkins. “Simple – skip single-use plastic, carbon offsets, and encourage other along the way.”

This Alaska-based offset project is the first of its kind in the region. It supports conservation work on Afognak Island, which is home to a coastal temperate rainforest with old-growth trees that are between 180 and 250 years old, plus a regrowth of new trees from the past 30 years. Together, these new and old forests create the potential for absorbing millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Jimmy Eat World performing with Philadelphia’s Beach Slang at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg in 2017 here.