By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI
Concertgoers got a taste of the ’90s in Montclair Thursday evening, June 7, when the Gin Blossoms along with Tonic and Vertical Horizon hit the stage at the Wellmont Theater. People young and old and from as far as Trinidad came out to the Seymour Street venue.
Gin Blossoms lead singer Robin Wilson came out on stage before the show to announce that the three groups got together to sign a skateboard which one lucky person won in a raffle last night. The money raised from the skateboard went to the Love Hope Strength Foundation for cancer patients.
The band opened with “Lost Horizons” from their debut album, “New Miserable Experience,” and the setlist included songs from that album, as well as “Congratulations I’m Sorry” and their new album, “Mixed Reality.” The latter will be released June 15.
Vertical Horizon hit the stage first performing their hits, including “Everything You Want,” and a little taste of country with a cover of Gary Allan’s “Best I Ever Had.” They also performed songs from their latest album, “The Lost Mile,” released earlier this year.
Tonic kept the audience alive rocking hard with hits such as “If You Could Only See” and “Sugar.” Lead singer Emerson Hart said he was glad to share the stage with his “brothers-in-arms,” referring to his band and the headliners as “Gin and Tonic.”
To read more about the Gin Blossoms see interview with Robin Wilson.