Modern rock act the Gin Blossoms, which rose from Tempe, Ariz., nightclubs in the early ’90s to platinum-selling album success before disbanding in 1997, is scheduled to appear at Nita’s Hideaway in Tempe on New Year’s Eve. It will be the band’s first performance since a one-show regrouping for Phoenix’s New Year’s 2000 celebration.
Guitarist Scott Johnson said the reunion grew from a few casual jam sessions in November. Since then, the Gin Blossoms have been practicing together for the New Year’s Eve show, trying to line up additional performances and working on new songs. It’s unclear whether the group, which no longer has a recording contract, will record a full album.
“Taking it slow is a good thing,” Johnson said. “Trying to suddenly be a rock star doesn’t work. Only the future will tell.”
Since the band’s original breakup, vocalist Robin Wilson and drummer Phillip Rhodes formed the Gas Giants, which went on hiatus last June. Johnson and guitarist Jesse Valenzuela dabbled in producing, while bassist Bill Leen ran a rare book store.
The group’s hits include “Allison Road,” “Hey Jealousy,” and “Found Out About You,” the latter two of which both reached No. 25 on The Billboard Hot 100.
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