311 and Slightly Stoopid at Cruzan Amphitheatre on July 17

This summer, Kiss teams up with Mötley Crüe for "The Tour," and Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford join forces for "Rock of Ages." But if you spent the better part of your adolescence getting high and listening to funky, reggae-inspired alt rock, the only show worth catching over the next few months is the "311Unity Tour" with Slightly Stoopid. Slightly Stoopid is scheduled to release its seventh full-length, Top of the World, later this year. And 311 is still riding the wave of last year's Universal Pulse, the group's tenth studio effort. "The great thing about music is it's a never-ending journey," 311 frontman Nick Hexum recently told a group of students at L.A.'s Musician Institute. "There's always new frontiers to check out." Although it's the first time he and his band will hit the road with Slightly Stoopid, the "Unity Tour" is anything but new. On its inaugural tour in 2006, 311 played 37 shows in 27 states with Pepper and the Wailers. Since then, the English Beat, Matisyahu, the Offspring, and even Snoop Dogg have joined 311 on its annual summer excursion. Why it's Slightly Stoopid's first time on the bill, however, is beyond us. Only thing we have to say about that is: It's about damned time.


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