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Everclear to perform Saturday, March 16, at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town

March 13, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Submitted photo Everclear with frontman Art Alexakis, center, will perform Saturday at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town, W.Va.
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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. —
Everclear frontman and founder Art Alexakis might be 50 years old, but that's doesn't mean he's forgotten how to rock.

"I think the one thing that when people go to see Everclear is that they're not prepared for how loud and rowdy we are as a rock band," he said during a telephone interview from his Pasadena, Calif., home. "We're a pretty rockin' band."

Everclear, which is best known for such hits as "Father of Mine," "AM Radio" and "I Will Buy You A New Life," will perform Saturday night at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, H Lounge, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, W.Va. The band will go on at 9 p.m.

But as rowdy as the band is on stage — which also includes Dave French on guitar, Josh Crawley on keyboard, Freddy Herrera on bass and Sean Winchester on drums— ;their life is less so off stage.

Alexakis, who has been open about his past drug and alcohol abuse, has been on the wagon for years. Today, his favorite part of life is just hanging out with his daughters — ages 5 and 20 —;and his wife in the suburbs of LA.

"I drive in, do my meetings. Or I fly out and do my shows. And then I come back to my house and have dinner with my family every night and put my baby to bed. And then I take her to school every morning," he said. "I love that life. I just love it. I can do my rock thing. I do my creative thing. But then I get to come home. I feel rejuvenated."

And this last year Alexakis has reignited what he calls "the fire in the belly" for Everclear. The band released a new album, "Invisible Stars," last summer. They also were part of the Summerland Tour, with other 1990s rockers Sugar Ray, Marcy Playground and Gin Blossoms. And they've touring ever since.

But its been a long, six years before the band was able to put out a new album.

 For Alexakis, it was because what 2004 had dealt him.

"I went through a divorce, my mom got diagnosed with terminal cancer, my therapist got diagnosed with it. I got off my music label. I went through a foreclosure. I went through a bankruptcy. All in about a month," he said with a laugh. "The fact that I didn't start drinking again was amazing."

What he was able to take away from his experience was material to write about for the band's 2006 album, "Welcome to the Drama Club."

"That record was really personal. Although that was an Everclear record, in hindsight it should have been a solo record," he said. "So after that I didn't feel like writing."

He said it wasn't a conscious decision to stop writing. And although he wasn't writing, he and Everclear continued to perform.

But about three years later after moving back to his home state of California, Alexakis said he just started sitting down with his guitar and writing songs.

"My theory is people get on this treadmill of writing, recording, performing, touring and they don't take time out to live some life and get creative," he said.

He said that's exactly what he did. He got remarried. He had another child. His oldest daughter was in high school and then entered college. He said he felt like he lived his life, which in turn helped with his creativity.

And that's just one of things age, he said, has given him.

"I'm more comfortable in my own skin and that makes Everclear more comfortable in their own skin, too," he said.

 Alexakis said there aren't any immediate plans for their next album. Instead, he's writing a book that he said is a memoir with a slant.

As for their Saturday night performance. Be ready to rock.

"I love hearing a loud guitar, drums-raging rock back. So that's what you're going to get," he said.



If you go ...       

What: Everclear

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16

Where: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, H Lounge, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, W.Va.

Cost: Free

More:  Ages 21 and older with valid ID. Go to www.hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com.









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