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‘They should expect a party’

Smash Mouth set to rock the Discovery Park stage Aug. 19


Alternative rock aficionados are no doubt marking their calendars for Parker Arts’ first concert of the 2017-18 season, as Smash Mouth is slated to bring its style of rock ‘n’ roll to the Discovery Park stage on Aug. 19.

Twenty years after its debut album “Fush Yu Mang,” the band is preparing to release a package of the original album and a semi-acoustic version of the LP. Paul Delisle, bassist and founding member of the band from San Jose, California, recently published “Walkin’ on the Sun,” an autobiography of the band’s career.

“We’re forever touring, we’re always on the road,” Delisle said. “We’re looking forward to coming to Colorado and having a good time.”

The band will take a different approach to this tour, playing smaller clubs and parks than they have in years past, a good fit for the park.

“We decided to try a stripped-down, semi-acoustic kind of event. We really enjoy it. It gives us the chance to engage with the fans and the crowd and the crowd seems to really dig it,” Delisle said.

The audience “should expect a party. We like to bring a lot of energy. It’s not going to be a sit-down fest, that’s for sure.”

Now veterans of the music industry with a string of hits like “All-Star,” “Then the Morning Comes” and “Walkin’ on the Sun,” Delisle said the band is looking forward to playing with bands the members listened to as kids, as well as looking ahead.

“One of the shows we’re playing is with The Romantics, and they’re celebrating their 40 anniversary as a band this year,” Delisle said. “That kind of gives us hope we can make it another 20 years.”


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