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Legendary ’90s bands to see in Alabama in 2024


Nineties nostalgia is real, y’all. It’s hard to believe that every now and then three decades separate us, but the music from that era remains relevant through a symphony of genres, classic albums and even one-hit wonders that we will never forget in this or any life.

Rock, rap, grunge, pop, punk, R&B – you name it, you’ll see and hear it live in Alabama in 2024, and from some of the greatest bands of all time of all time.

You can see them in large amphitheaters, intimate venues and brand new music festivals, where thanks to these amazing artists you can create new memories that match the ones you made over 30 years ago.

Travel back to the not-so-distant past with the Alabama shows below. (Warning: Some of the videos below contain profanity.)

Better than Esra

WHO: The Baton Rouge-formed band (based in New Orleans), consisting of Kevin Griffin, Tom Drummond, Michael Jerome and James Arthur Payne Jr., has a large following thanks to nine studio releases, including 2024’s ‘Super Magick’. Their single 1995’s “Good,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, remains their biggest hit.

When: May 24

Where: Soul Kitchen Music Hall, mobile

Tickets: $33.50


WHO: Founded in Richmond, Virginia, this heavy metal band is known for wearing very elaborate costumes steeped in science fiction/fantasy/mythology. Gwar enjoyed mainstream success in the 1990s thanks to albums such as ‘Scumdogs of the Universe’, ‘America Must Be Destroyed’, ‘This Toilet Earth’ and ‘Ragnarök’. You may have also seen them in an episode or two of ‘Beavis & Butthead’.

When: 14th of June

Where: Iron City, Birmingham

Tickets: $35

Children’s rock

WHO: The late ’90s sensation whose 1998 album “Devil without a Cause” spawned hits like “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy” and “Only God Knows Why” will headline Mobile’s Rock the Country Festival this summer. Also performing on night one: Big & Rich, Uncle Kracker, Gavin Adcock.

When: 21st of June

Where: Rock the Country Festival, the grounds, mobile

Tickets: Single-day tickets cost $79.99.

Baby face

WHO: The Indiana-born R&B star has written and produced a long list of No. 1 hits, earning 12 Grammy Award wins along the way. In addition to performing his own songs, Babyface has collaborated with superstars such as Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Brown, TLC, Usher, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Madonna and many others.

When: July 13

Where: Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore (WCA) Amphitheater

Tickets: $25

Hootie and the pufferfish

WHO: Led by Darius Rucker and formed in Columbia, South Carolina, the band skyrocketed to mainstream success with the 1994 album ‘Cracked Rear View’. It became one of the all-time best-selling albums in American history, with hits such as ‘ Hold My Hand’, ‘Let Her Cry’ and ‘Only Wanna Be with You’.

When: July 26

Where: Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Third eye blind

WHO: Formed in 1993 in San Francisco and featuring Stephan Jenkins, Kevin Cadogan, Arion Salazer and Brad Hargreaves, the band released a self-titled album in 1997 and later 1999’s follow-up ‘Blue’. Hits include ‘Semi-Charmed Life’ , ‘Jumper’, ‘How’s It Going to Be’ and ‘Never Let You Go’.

When: July 28

Where: Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham

Tickets: Start at $27

Limp Bizkit

WHO: The nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, led by Fred Durst, emerged from the underground scene in the late ’90s and found success with the albums ‘Three Dollar Bill, Y’all’ and ‘Significant Other’. Notable singles include ‘Break Stuff’, ‘Nookie’, ‘Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)’, ‘My Way’ and ‘Eat You Alive’.

When: August 9

Where: Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham

Tickets: Start at $25


WHO: Vocalist Scott Stapp has returned to the group, along with guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips. They are the players on the band’s 1997 breakthrough album, ‘My Own Prison’, and the lineup that lasted for most of Creed’s high-profile career. Creed’s ‘Summer of ’99 Tour,’ the band’s first tour since 2012, includes 40 shows scheduled from mid-July to the end of September. The band released three multi-platinum albums during its heyday in 1997-2001 – ‘My Own Prison’, ‘Human Clay’ and ‘Weathered’ – and dominated mainstream radio stations with singles like ‘Higher’, ‘One’, ‘My Sacrifice’ ”, “With arms wide open” and “My own prison.” (Stapp will perform solo at Sand Mountain Amphitheater in Albertville on June 28.)

When: August 14

Where: Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham

Tickets: Starting at $100

Youth and the 400 Degreez Band

WHO: Last year, the New Orleans-born rapper celebrated 25 years since his hit album ‘400 Degreez.’ came out. It went four times platinum when it was released in 1998, with hits like ‘Ha’ and ‘Back That’. Azz-up.” The rapper is also known for other popular songs such as ‘Slow Motion’, ‘Project Chick’ and ‘Hot Boys’ featuring Lil’ Wayne, BG, Turk and Big Tymers.

When: August 14

Where: Iron City, Birmingham

Tickets: From $59


WHO: The rock group from Omaha will head to Albertville in the late summer, with special guests AWOLNATION and Neon Trees. Formed in 1988, the band has 13 studio albums, including 1995’s triple-platinum self-titled record with the mainstream hit “Down,” which topped Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

When: August 15

Where: Sand Mountain Amphitheater, Albertville

Tickets: From $48.93


WHO: The quirky rockers from El Sobrante, California, made their studio album debut with ‘Frizzle Fry’ in 1990, followed by ‘Sailing the Seas of Cheese’ the following year, which featured their first hit single ‘Jerry Was a Racer Car Driver’. Their next two albums, “Pork Soda” (1993) and “Tales from the Punchbowl” (1995), both reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Other hits include “My Name is Mud” and “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.” The show here includes special guest Puddles Pity Party.

When: August 18

Where: Avondale Brewing Company, Birmingham

Tickets: $43 through Ticketmaster

Live & Stone Temple Pilots

WHO: Live, led by Ed Kowalczyk, and Stone Temple Pilots, now led by Jeff Gutt, will perform as part of a 19-city “Jubilee Tour” celebrating “Throwing Copper,” Live’s No. 1 record from 1994, and “ Purple”, a chart-topper for STP that same year. Another ’90s favorite, Soul Asylum, will serve as the tour’s opening act. Live has released nine studio albums since 1989, best known for hit singles such as ‘Lightning Crashes’ and ‘I Alone’. Stone Temple Pilots have released eight studio albums since 1992, with hits including ‘Plush’, ‘Creep’, ‘Vasoline’, ‘Interstate Love Song’, ‘Big Empty’, ‘Big Bang Baby’ and ‘Trippin’ on a hole in a paper heart.”

When: August 27

Where: Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham

Tickets: From $27

Sister Hazel

WHO: The Gainesville-formed group has four dates planned for Alabama in 2024, but we’ll call the Birmingham stop at Avondale. Sister Hazel’s self-titled studio album debut was released in 1994, followed by “…Somewhere More Familiar” in 1997. The band is best known for the 1997 song “All for You”.

When: the 13th of September

Where: Avondale Brewery

Tickets: $23

South Star Festival with Beck, Big Boi, Blink 182, Gwen Stefani, TLC

WHO: This first Huntsville festival is packed with talent in an impressive freshman lineup featuring music legends, many of whom rose to fame in the ’90s. On Friday you can see Gwen Stefani, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Jimmy Eat World, TLC, Juvenile, Gin Blossoms, Candlebox, Dexter and the Moonrocks and Winona Fighter. The Saturday lineup: Blink-182, Beck, Sublime, Goo Goo Dolls, Ludacris, Big Boi, Pete Yorn, Vanessa Carlton, Bully, Billy Allen + The Pollies.

When: September 28 and 29

Where: John Hunt Park, Huntsville

Tickets: General Admission: A 1-day pass costs $139, a 2-day pass costs $224.

Always bright

WHO: Everclear will tour with Marcy Playground this fall and the band’s founder, Art Alexakis, promises a set list full of hits. The tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of Everclear’s “Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: learning to laugh.” The platinum-selling album peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band rose to fame with albums such as 1995’s ‘Sparkle and Fade’ and 1997’s ‘So Much for the Afterglow’, and produced hit singles such as ‘Everything to Everyone’, ‘Santa Monica’, ‘Heroin Girl’, ‘I’ll Be a New buy you life’ and ‘Amazing.’

When: October 24 and 25

Where: Workplay in Birmingham (October 24), The Plant in Dothan (October 25)

Tickets: General admission in Birmingham starts at $44.50. Dothan tickets start at $45.88.

Maria Colurso contributed to this story.