The ultimate 90’s throwback tour, Gen X Tour, featuring Buckcherry, Lit and Alien Ant Farm cruised through Easton, PA to a packed house on August 29th. After a few logistic changes in the tour itinerary, this stacked lineup tour settled on playing in the Lehigh Valley, the tour also features P.O.D., but due to previous booking commitments they weren’t able to play this date. Having only been open for about a year, the Gen X Tour was One Centre Square’s biggest show to date and the response didn’t disappoint. Opening the show was local rock band Sister Salvation. Hailing from New Jersey, Sister Salvation play original rock music, in vein of groups like AC/DC and the bands on this tour, definitely a good pairing for the night. Playing a solid set of original material, Sister Salvation aren’t strangers to the Lehigh Valley and if you missed their set, they have more upcoming dates at One Centre Square.
Alien Ant Farm took the stage next and still possessed their energetic charm and humor. Lead singer Dryden Mitchell cracked jokes about getting old and before playing “These Days” how labels used to throw money around for music videos. “These Days” features Alien Ant Farm crashing the BET Awards red carpet and getting arrested. Due to timing, Alien Ant Farm’s set was very short with only about 7 songs. However, it did feature their most popular songs and of course they finished their set off with Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”.
After going through many ups and downs through their roughly 30 year career, Lit still play as if they were still in the 90’s. From jumping to posing and always ending with the human triangle, Lit entertains like no other. Their short 9 song set included their hit songs from A Place In The Sun while throwing in some songs from The View From The Bottom and their latest release These Are The Days. This new album takes Lit into a more country driven sound, but the songs fit perfectly in the setlist for they have enough energy and sincerity like any other Lit song. Even though their set was short and no songs from Atomic or their self titled were played, we can only hope Lit comes back to headline with a more expansive set from their entire catalog.
Buckcherry closed out the night with their hard hitting rock and roll. Playing for just over a hour, Buckcherry were all about the music with barely any talking in between songs. Lead singer Josh Todd moved across the stage with style and grace that mesmerized the crowd while the band played flawlessly. Buckcherry has played in the Lehigh Valley countless of times and their fans never disappoint to show support. The Gen X tour can be stacked up against other 90’s tour like the Summerland Tour except this lineup showcases more of the harder side of music. If the success of this tour is any indication, maybe we will see a Gen X tour in 2019.