By 2003, The pop-punk quartet The Ataris had already gained a loyal following with the independent albums, End is Forever, Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits and Anywhere But Here.
But in 2003, The Ataris reached a much broader mainstream audience with their one and only major label release, So Long, Astoria. The album sold more than 700,000 copies and practically all 13 tracks are fan favorites, including the standout songs, “Unopened Letter to the World,” “My Reply,” “The Saddest Song,” “In This Diary” and the title track. So Long, Astoria also included the band’s highest charting single to date, a remake of Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer.” It was a song that was never intended to be released as a single, but for many of today’s youth, it’s the only version of the song they know (as I found out recently when my teen son heard Henley’s version on the radio and asked, ‘Who’s this guy who remade the song?’).
The Ataris haven’t done a lot since then, releasing only one album and going through a number of lineup changes.
But recently, the So Long, Astoria lineup got back together to mark the 10th anniversary of the album. That version of the band is doing a limited tour across the U.S. for what they’re calling a one time only event, playing the entire album at each show from in sequence start to finish.
Salt Lake City happened to make it onto the tour route. The band will be at The Knitting Factory in Boise on Thursday before heading south to In The Venue on Friday. Also on the bill are Authority Zero, Drag the River and Versus the World. The tour has been selling out at most stops, so get tickets early.