TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – The Gin Blossoms are one of Tempe’s best-known bands to break into national tunes in the ’90s and will soon be honored by their hometown.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the group New miserable experience debut album, The City of Tempe announced that they would be renaming part of Eighth Street to “Allison Road Avenue”, in reference to one of the band’s famous hits. Starting October 14, you can drive on Allison Road Avenue in honor of the Gin Blossoms. The new colored panels will be installed from the rural road to Una Avenue.
The New miserable experience sold over 5 million albums, charted for nearly three years and included their greatest hits such as “Hey Jealousy”, “Mrs. Rita”, “Till I Fall”, “I discovered you” and of course, “Allison Road”.
“I have many fond memories of seeing the Gin Blossoms perform on Mill Avenue,” said board member Joel Navarro. “They were our own Tempe band, but they also brought national attention to our city. The fact that this album is still on the radio today testifies to their talent. The Tempe City Council is pleased to honor the band with Allison Road Avenue.
If you want to check out other Gin Blossoms-related landmarks, visit 115 W. University Dr. The song’s namesake, Mrs. Rita, is located there. The band also has a Walk of Music plaque on Mill Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Tempe, where the band often played.
Check out the Gin Blossoms website here.
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