The Ataris
So Long, Astoria Anniversary Tour
House Of Blues Hollywood and Anaheim
March 5 & 6, 2014

It's been 11 years since punk band The Ataris have released their hit album So Long, Astoria.  Their 4th studio
album reached #24 on the Billboard Top 200 and reached gold status the week it was released which landed
them on that summer's Warped Tour's main stage and into the hearts of fans new and old.  Their hit singles
"In This Diary" and "The Boys Of Summer" definitely made it onto everyone's summer mix tapes (or cds) that
were most likely blasted and sung along to every summer since, either on road trips or just out having fun.  I
know they've made it onto each mix tape I ever made.  There is just something very nostalgic about this
album.  At the end of 2013 the band had announced that there would be an anniversary tour for the album
which would also include the classic lineup of Kris Roe, John Collura, Mike Davenport and Chris Knapp.  Fans
waited anxiously for tickets to go on sale and for the tour to finally roll around.  Most of the dates that already
passed and happened since the band played Los Angeles and Anaheim last week had sold out or were very
close to.  Authority Zero, Drag The River and Mike Davenport's band Versus The World joined the band out on
this tour.  Versus The World's Donald Spence also joins The Ataris on stage every night as the third guitarist
and contributing to backing vocals.

Fans wait patiently for The Ataris to take the stage in anticipation of the band's live set that was about to
begin.  The lights dim as the intro starts and the band takes the stage and go right into the album's title
track, "So Long, Astoria", as fans sing along with Kris to every word of the song.  There was a lot of energy
being fed back and forth between each bandmate and the band and crowd, just something very magical
about this lineup and these shows.  You could really see how happy they were to be playing together again.  
Everyone at the show was having such a great time rocking out with the band, singing along and moshing
that it seemed like the set flew by so quickly. Between songs Kris told a few stories about each song,
including how "The Boys Of Summer" became an accidental single and reminiscing with the band about old
tours and the good times they had.  By the time they finished playing the last song, "Eight Of Nine", they only
left their fans wanting more.  A few moments later Kris returns to the stage to play a few acoustic songs
including "San Dimas High School Football Rules" before the rest of the guys return to the stage to finish out
the set with "I Won't Spend Another Night Alone" and a b-side from the album called "A Beautiful Mistake".  
The band thanks their fans for their continued support and for coming out to the show before exiting the
stage with smiles on their faces.  These were two of the best live shows I have seen in a long time and I
know the band and fans will probably be talking about them for a long time.


Check out the rest of our photos from the Anaheim date of the tour
here.
For more info on The Ataris:
www.facebook.com/theataris and http://theataris.bandcamp.com


Catch the band out on the road playing So Long, Astoria:
March 11 - Hawthorne Theatre (Portland, OR)
March 12 - Showbox at the Market (Seattle, WA)
March 13 - Knitting Factory (Boise, ID)
March 14 - In The Venue ( Salt Lake City, UT)
March 15 - Summit Music Hall (Denver, CO)
March 16 - Riot Room (Kansas City, MO)
March 18 - Old Rock House (St. Louis, MO)
March 20 - Mill City Nights (Minneapolis, MN)
March 21 - House Of Blues (Chicago, IL)
March 22 - The Vogue (Indianapolis, IN)
March 23 - The Shelter (Detroit, MI)
March 24 - Agora Ballroom (Cleveland, OH)
March 25 - Altar Bar (Pittsburgh, PA)
March 27 - Theatre Of Living Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
March 28 - The Fillmore (Silver Spring, MD)
March 29 - Brightan Music Hall (Boston, MA)
March 30 - Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
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