The Lemonheads + Material Reissue at Grant Park | Photo gallery
Both the Lemonheads and Material Issue had disbanded by 1997, but revamped versions of both early '90s alt/pop rock acts took to the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park Tuesday for Taste of Chicago's concert series.
Two decades after its breakout record International Pop Overthrow, the Chicago power pop trio reunited as Material Reissue for a one-off show at the Abbey Pub in April. Yesterday drummer Mike Zelenko and bassist Ted Ansani took the stage once again alongside local singer-songwriter Phil Angotti, who takes the place of Material Issue's late frontman Jim Ellison. This re-Reissue did not disappoint old fans in the crowd, who were with the band on every word of back-in-the-day hits like "Diane" and "What Girls Want."
The Lemonheads, too, have had their share of line-up changes since the Boston-born rockers hit it big with an early '90s punk version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" and It's A Shame About Ray. Frontman Evan Dando led a tight trio through a set drawn from the band's catalog as well as his own solo work.