On Thursday, November 8th, Spin Doctors will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a performance at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl presented by Relix. A return to New York is a fitting way to celebrate 30 years of the Spin Doctors. The band originally formed in the Big Apple in the late 1980s under the moniker Trucking Company with Blues Traveler‘s John Popper. By the end of the decade, the band had changed its name to Spin Doctors and solidified its classic lineup, featuring lead vocalist Chris Barron, guitarist/vocalist Eric Schenkman, drummer Aaron Comess, and bassist Mark White.
Spin Doctors emerged from the burgeoning jam band scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s to achieve mainstream success. The band got their big break with the release of their smash hit debut album, 1991’s Pocket Full of Kryptonite, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA five times over in the USA, with another five million copies sold internationally. Two singles on Spin Doctors’ debut, “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”, went on to dominate the charts and the airwaves in 1992 and 1993, with “Two Princes” earning a Grammy nomination in the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal category. Other highlights included appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and performing on Saturday Night Live.
Spin Doctors – “Two Princes”
In 1992, Spin Doctors joined forces with Phish, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, and Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit on the inaugural H.O.R.D.E Tour. The original Spin Doctors lineup went on hiatus from 1994 through 2001 before the band reunited for a performance at former Manhattan live music hotspot Wetlands Preserve, marking one of the final shows at the venue before it shut its doors. The former owner of Wetlands, Pete Shapiro, would go on to open Brooklyn Bowl in 2009, adding an extra layer of emotional weight to their upcoming anniversary show.
The band has remained together ever since their Wetlands reunion, releasing new albums in 2005 (Nice Talking to Me) and 2013 (If the River Was Whiskey). Beyond their Brooklyn Bowl performance, Spin Doctors are planning to return to the studio in early 2019 to record a new album and will hit the road in the U.S. and Europe to continue their 30th-anniversary celebrations next spring and summer.
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