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Road trip shows this week: Summerland and Crue shows are worth the drive

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If you aren't afraid to drive a little, there are two great shows just outside of Central Iowa this week. The Summerland Tour and Motley Crue (with Alice Cooper) are concerts that you will want to make road trip plans for. Here are the details.

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Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog bring the Summerland Tour 2014 to Cedar Rapids' McGrath Amphitheatre on Tuesday, August 5 for a 7 p.m. concert. The tour was organized by Art Alexakis of Everclear a few years back as a nostalgic look back at 90' rock. Tickets for the concert are $22.50 (general admission lawn) to $37.50 (Golden Circle pit) through Ticketmaster (plus taxes and fees). The concert will be an all ages event.

Everclear had a string of platinum/multi-platinum albums from 1995 to 2000 that brought the band nine Top 20 singles, including the #1 singles "Santa Monica" and "Everything to Everyone". A revamped Everclear, still led by Art Alexakis, released their latest album, Invisible Stars, in 2012.

Soul Asylum rose to prominence in 1992 with the release of their triple-platinum smash Grave Dancers Union. The album produced four Top 10 singles, including the #1 smash "Somebody to Shove" and the Grammy Award-winning "Runaway Train". The band would collect their second #1 single with "Misery" off of the platinum-selling 1995 album Let Your Dim Light Shine. The Minneapolis rockers released their latest album, entitled Delayed Reaction, in 2012. Soul Asylum released a new non-album single entitled "No Fun Intended" in July of last year.

So-Cal alt-rockers Eve 6 scored a platinum album with their 1998 self-titled debut and followed that up two years later with the gold-selling Horrorscope. The band has garnered five Top 10 singles, including the 1998 #1 smash "Inside Out". The band disbanded in 2004, returned with a new lineup in 2007, and reunited all three original members in 2011. Eve 6 released their fourth album, Speak in Code, in 2012.

English rockers Spacehog got their start in 1995 with the release of the gold-selling Resident Alien, which produced the #1 smash "In the Meantime". Like Eve 6, Spacehog also disbanded after only three albums together, only to reunite years later. After nearly six years apart, Spacehog got back together in 2008. They released their first album in 12 years, As It Is on Earth, last year.

For those Central Iowans that missed Motley Crue's last ever Des Moines show on July 11, you have another chance to see the band without leaving the state. The band, along with Alice Cooper, will play the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City on Wednesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $24.75 to $95 (plus taxes and fees) through Ticketmaster.

Motley Crue may be calling it quits, but they are going out with a bang—drum rollercoasters, pyro, dancing girls, flame-throwing guitars...the works. The band has sold more than 80 million records, and they have collected fourteen Top 20 singles and eight Top 10 albums. Whether it is "Dr. Feelgood", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Kickstart My Heart", "Home Sweet Home" (featured video), or their remake of "Smokin' in the Boys Room", everyone alive in the Eighties and Nineties knows a Crue song.

Tourmate Alice Cooper is no slouch either. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has seven platinum and three gold albums, as well as eight Top 20 singles in the U.S. alone, and those numbers are much bigger worldwide. If you missed these two titans in Des Moines, don't make the same mistake twice.

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