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July 5, 2013

Big hits on Big Night Out

TRAVERSE CITY — Where can you hear up to 29 top-40 songs live in one night?

The “Big Night Out” tour stops Saturday at Streeters’ Ground Zero to deliver three chart-topping bands from the early 2000s that boast a combined 29 top-40 singles as Fuel, Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm.

The Traverse City show is the second on the 33-stop tour, a day after the first in Pikeville, Ky.

“The only other time we’ve been to Traverse, there was like four feet of snow around the bus,” Hoobastank lead singer Doug Robb said of the band’s Dec. 8, 2006 show in the area. “It was like we were in Antarctica, trying to find the venue. It was awesome. I suspect it won’t be the same this time.”

Robb said getting the bands — who all knew each other before — together for one big tour was a natural fit.

“We’ve known some of the Alien Ant Farm guys for over a decade,” he said. “We played shows with them prior to either one of us having record deals. ... But at some point in the last decade, we’ve played multiple shows with all those bands. And they’re all really cool.”

Lit was originally slated to be a fourth band on the tour, but announced on its web site last week that it would not be taking part in the tour due to “circumstances beyond our control.”

The last time Lit canceled an entire tour was in 2008, when drummer Allen Shellenberger was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He died the following year.

Lit has been replaced on the tour’s Traverse City show by Flint-based outfit Westfall.

“Even if you don’t know all the songs from all the bands, there’s going to be plenty of songs you know. All these bands have had significant radio hits — and multiple ones,” Robb said. “It makes for a fun night. That’s why it’s the Big Night Out.”

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