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Are You Ready For A Whole Lotta ’90s Nostalgia?

The summer 2012 touring season will bring at least two major package tours featuring a ton of your favorite bands from the '90s.

In one corner, we have the Last Summer on Earth tour featuring Barenaked Ladies (sadly, sans Steven Page), Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker. The tour will hit over 30 U.S. markets beginning on July 6th in Toledo, OH (which by the way, appears to be as close as it will get to Cleveland, at this point).

Barenaked Ladies - Hesh One Design

Blues Traveler is currently celebrating 25 years as a band with a newly released two CD compilation conveniently titled 25 that features plenty of material for both casual and hardcore fans of the band. The first disc is an 18 track overview of the band's hits, including a brand new cover sent straight from Hell of Sublime's "What I Got."

The second disc adds 11 additional tracks of B-sides and unreleased material. Check out the track listing and more information here.

But before we move on, what does that Sublime cover sound like? Here's a bit of a hint, from one of the band's live shows.

Big Head Todd & The Monsters have been turning out album after album of solid material in recent years, in case you haven't been keeping track, including their newest album of original material Rocksteady and 100 Years of Robert Johnson, a tribute issued in early 2011 under the banner of Big Head Todd Blues Club. Both are solid listening with B. B. King dropping by to guest on the Johnson tribute on "Crossroads Blues."

Overall, it should be a good evening of music and I think I'll probably try to make it out to the Toledo date.

On the other side of things, there's the Summerland tour, featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and Lit, which will hit at least 25 markets in the U.S. and Canada, tour dates TBA. The tour takes its title from the song of the same name on Everclear's Sparkle & Fade album.

Marcy Playground has also been mentioned as being part of the tour, although I don't see any concrete details out there about that.

The best that we can hope for is that all of the bands will come together at the end of the night for an all-star jam on "You Make Me Feel Like A Whore."

It appears that this might be a return engagement for the tour, which at some point hit the stage with a bill featuring Everclear, Spacehog, Tracy Bonham and 7 Year Bitch.

7 Year Bitch? Random.

My favorite '90s package tour? It was the New World Disorder tour in 2002, featuring the reunited original lineup of the Spin Doctors, plus Gin Blossoms, Seven Mary Three and Sponge. $10 for all four bands and all of them did a meet and greet after they played.