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The Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours of 2012

Def Leppard/Poison, Aerosmith/Cheap Trick, Gin Blossoms/Lit and other multi-act spectacles coming to a city near you
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Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Cracker and Big Head Todd & The Monsters

Target Audience: Rock fans with such an insatiable appetite for 1990s nostalgia that the Gin Blossoms/Sugar Ray tour just isn't enough. To be fair, these groups are a little less mainstream than that package tour. Your average Sugar Ray fan probably can't name a single song by Big Head Todd & The Monsters. Also, the cool kids from your eighth grade class in 1995 will really dig this one. 

Missing Members: The biggest absence on this whole tour is Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page. He quit the group in 2009, just a year after he was busted with cocaine and marijuana. Ed Robertson always handled a lot of the vocals and he's still in the band, so they aren't critically wounded without Page. It's just not the ideal line-up at the moment. Original Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan died in 1999, but the classic line-up is otherwise intact – though John Popper has lost so much weight that you might not recognize him these days. Cracker got a new bassist in 2006, but otherwise still have their 1990s roster. "Big Head" Todd Park Mohr still has the bulk of his 1990s Monsters.

Likely Highlight: The Barenaked Ladies will have everyone on their feet for "Brian Wilson" and "One Week," while Blues Traveler are sure to bust out "Run-Around" and "Hook." Our pick for highlight, however, is "Low" by Cracker. If that doesn't ring a bell, go look it up on YouTube. It'll come back to you after about two seconds. They somehow capture the essence of the entire 1990s in those two seconds. 

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