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Gin Blossoms Reunion Long In The Making

Of the Oakland Press

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Jesse Valenzuela says that “sounding like the Gin Blossoms is easy enough” for him and his band mates — even a decade after the group’s last album.

The Arizona quintet broke up in 1997 due to internal problems, after scoring some mid’90s hits (“Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You”) and a platinum debut album, “New Miserable Experience.” The group started playing shows again fi ve years ago and slowly wound its way toward a new album, “Major Lodge Victory,” which came out in August.

“I think we wanted to take our time and make sure we were serious about being a band again,” says Valenzuela, 44, who was the Gin Blossoms’ original singer but switched places with guitarist Robin Wilson before the fi rst album.

“I always felt that if we were going to have new music, it would come in its own time. We couldn’t push it or it wouldn’t be any good.”

All of the Gin Blossoms members still have other musical projects, according to Valenzuela, but with the new album out, he says there’s also a resolve to keep the band a going concern.

“There’s been conversations,” he says, “sometimes a little heated — ‘Let’s stay committed to this. We better be in it for the long haul. Otherwise, why waste our time?’

“It feels like we may have a second lease on life, so we don’t want to (mess) it up.”

Gin Blossoms and Josh Kelley perform at 8 p.m. Friday (October 13th) at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are sold out. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit

Web Site: www.theark.org

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