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"Random Thoughts" by Mark McGrath

Random Thoughts gives me a chance to share my own unique perspective on what's going on in my life and career. I will periodically answer any comments left in my Random Thoughts section when time allows, so please let me know what you think.

By Mark McGrath on Monday, March 02, 2015
Super happy to announce this year's line up for Under The Sun 2015 will be Better Than Ezra (www.betterthanezra.com), Uncle Kracker (www.unclekracker.com), yours truly and the mighty Eve 6 (www.eve6.com). Our fourth year is going to be bigger and better than ever, as we are still adding dates and will announce those shortly, but let's just say July and August will be very busy for these bands!
By Mark McGrath on Monday, January 26, 2015

Just got back from Sundance where we played a really fun gig with a hybrid version of the Royal Machines. We had our boy Dean Butterworth on drums, Chris Cheney (Janes Addiction) on bass, and Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) on guitar. The singers we had that night were Donovan Leitch, myself, Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure), Sebastian Bach and Matisyahu, truly eclectic night of songs ranging from dub reggae to RATM. Really fun crowd that was totally down for a party,  as they were celebrating the release of Fisher Stevens' (who played a mean harp) new doc Racing Towards Extinction. Fisher is the man behind the Oscar winning doc The Cove, so needless to say this new one is a must see if you care about the environment (not really a question, is it?)

By Mark McGrath on Monday, January 05, 2015

Happy New Year everybody, hope you had an incredible holiday! We had a blast playing at the PeachDrop 2015 right smack dab in the middle of downtown Atlanta, and we shared the stage with Ludacris no less. Really lookin' forward to new beginnings and opportunities in this new year, as this will be the year to finally cut ties with the old, and welcome what ever comes my way in the second half of my life.

By Mark McGrath on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
What's up everybody? Long time, no speak, but you are all aware of my aversion to typing by now. Had a great show last weekend in Houston at the zoo of all places, a sold out event for a great charity...nothing like playing for a bunch of animals (rim shot, please!).
By Mark McGrath on Monday, June 30, 2014
Greetings from Alton, Illinois as we enter the first week of the Under The Sun Tour 2014. We could not have asked for a better first show playing front of 40,000 adoring fans in Omaha, Nebraska! Incredible to see all the bands get so much love from a gigantic sea of people...everything I'd hoped this tour would be when I first envisioned UTS. Needless to say, gonna be a bitchin' summer.
By Mark McGrath on Monday, May 19, 2014
What's up everybody! So the apples of my eye turned 4 on April 29th, and to say it's gone fast would be the understatement of the universe. Seems like 2 weeks ago when we first brought them home from the hospital. But here they are, living and breathing, healthy four years old eager to make their mark on the world. My love for them could never be articulated, and I'm so thankful for them giving me a true purpose in the second half of my life
By Mark McGrath on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

...to say the least, with all the traveling and performing, and of course battling sharks in NYC. By now, I'm sure most of you are aware that I'll be appearing in the cinematic brilliance that is Sharknado 2. I spent two freezing cold weeks in the Big Apple in February filming my role of Martin, who is the lead character Fin's (Ian Ziering) brother in law. Met so many cool and talented people on the set like Vivaca As Fox, Kari Wuhrer, Dante Palminteri (Chazz's son, who plays my son!), Robert Klein, Richard Kind, Kurt Angle, Judah Friedlander (nicest guy ever), Biz Markie, Tara Reid, and so many ass-kicking, hard working crew members too numerous to mention.

By Mark McGrath on Monday, March 03, 2014
What's up everybody? I'm finally out of the polar vortex that is New York City after filming my parts for early Oscar contender Sharknado 2. Man it was cold there, with many longtime locals telling me they don't remember a colder winter. Perfect for our little movie that is supposed to be shot in late spring/Summer. Ahhhh the joys of movie making magic...
By Mark McGrath on Thursday, January 30, 2014
Greetings everyone from 36,000 miles above, my lovely wife and I are on our way to New York for Howard Stern's 60th birthday party. Now many of you who know me, know what a big deal this is for me, since Howard is basically responsible for Sugar Ray being able to make a second record (which had Fly on it and became a 2 million seller, thanks to you as well!). Not to mention what a huge fan I am of the man, I even go to sleep listening to replays of Howard on my iPhone. Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, David Letterman and many other huge celebrities will be there, so it should be quite the soirée!
By Mark McGrath on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
What's up everybody and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year to you all! I'm feeling good about 2014 and really looking forward to closing old chapters and opening new ones. Working hard right now on putting together the line up for Under The Sun 2014, and I can't wait to make an announcement very soon. Seems strange to be thinking about the summer already, but that's how the summer concert business rolls!
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