Sugar Ray Returning With Cougar Music

May 5, 2009 By:
Sugar Ray Returning With Cougar Music

Mark McGrath is back to being a musician again. After a quick stint as an Extra correspondent, Sugar Ray is reuniting. The band will be releasing their first full-length album in six years through Universal, followed by a summer tour.

The name couldn’t be better—Music for Cougars. We’re not sure what constitutes “cougar music” per se, but we trust Sugar Ray has been there, done that, and knows what the ladies like.

All of the original band members are back—Craig “DJ Homicide” Bullock, drummer Stan Frazier, bassist Murphy Karges, and guitarist Rodney Sheppard.

McGrath says the break in 2003 was necessary. He tells Billboard, "Radio was changing, music was doing what it does, it was just going through a cycle. We weren't selling a lot of records and we were like 'You know, maybe we should take a break from the grind of recording and touring and see what else is out there.'"

He says of present day: "We have realistic views of how the music industry is today. I know people aren't sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for a Sugar Ray record. But that wasn't the point. It was purely because we love to make music. We're not going anywhere. All of us have tried to sabotage the band one way or another. But some divine intervention has kept this band together and I think we all appreciate that. I think the biggest success of Sugar Ray is that after 21 years and all the booze, drugs, women, money, having no money - all those things have come into play and we're still together. That, to me, is the biggest reward."

Check out the tour dates below:

July 24: Hankinson, ND (Dakota Magic Casino)

July 25: Lac Du Flambea, WI (Taste of the Torches Resort)

July 26: Chicago, IL (Taste of Lincoln Ave.)

July 28: Detroit, MI (Hall)

July 29: Cleveland, OH (House of Blues)

July 30: Dewey Beach, DE (Bottle & Cork)

July 31: Baltimore, MD (Sonar)

Aug 1: Binghamton, NY (Spiediefest)

Aug 3: Albany, NY (Northern Lights)

Aug 4: Boston, MA (Paradise)

Aug 6: Stamford, CT (Columbus Park)

Aug 7: New York, NY (Fillmore)

Aug 8: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)

Aug 10: Norfolk, VA (Norva)

Aug 11: Charlotte, NC (Amos' South End)

Aug 12: Atlanta, GA (The Loft)

Aug 14: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Culture Room)

Aug 15: Orlando, FL (Downtown Orlando/Orange Ave.)

Aug 16: St. Petersburg, FL (Jannus Landing)

Aug 18: Nashville, TN (Cannery Ballroom)

Aug 19: New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)

Aug 21: Austin, TX (La Zona Rosa)

Aug 22: Houston, TX (House of Blues)

Aug 23: Dallas, TX (House of Blues)

Sept 11: Seattle, WA (Showbox)

Sept 12: Portland, OR (tba)

Sept 14: Sacramento, CA (Empire)

Sept 15: San Francisco, CA (Grand Ballroom)

Sept 16: Santa Cruz, CA (The Catalyst)

Sept 18: Newport Beach, CA (Taste of Newport)

Sept 19: Santa Margarita, CA (Pozo Saloon)

Sept 20: Ventura, CA (Ventura Theater)

Sept 22: Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theater)

Sept 23: Phoenix, AZ (The Marquee)

Sept 25: Las Vegas, NV (House of Blues)

Sept 26: San Diego, CA (Hard Rock)