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Spin Doctors Scheduled to Open For Sugar Ray at Spring Concert

Band’s First Tour in Eight Years Includes MIT Spring Weekend Stop

By Helana Kadyszewski


The Spin Doctors will open for Sugar Ray at this year’s annual Spring Concert on April 26 at the Johnson Athletic Center.

“Sugar Ray was as psyched as we were to hear that the Spin Doctors will be here,” said Spring Weekend concert co-chair Daniel B. Jonas ’02.

Devdoot Majumdar ‘03, another co-chair of the concert committee, said he anticipated a huge sellout. “We want to make sure that everyone on campus gets the first shot at buying tickets, because they’re going to go fast,” he said.

Tickets will go on sale for members of the MIT community beginning next Monday, March 11, at the Source, the Coffeehouse, and at some graduate student residences. Tickets will cost $12. Following this exclusive pre-sale period, ticket sales will be opened to the outside community.

Bookings based on student input

The decision to slate both Sugar Ray and the Spin Doctors was based primarily on student suggestion, Majumdar said. Of the 511 responses to a “genre preference” survey given to the MIT community this winter, over 200 were votes for the “Alternative” and “Rock” categories. The decision then depended on negotiations of MIT’s agent, Majumdar said.

Over the years, MIT has welcomed a variety of big-time artists for the annual concert which headlines MIT’s Spring Weekend. Last year’s event featured hip-hop artists The Roots and rock band Blues Traveler. MIT shelled out $47,000 for the concert. This year, Sugar Ray has contracted for $40,000 while the Spin Doctors will play for $10,000.

“We hope that the MIT community enjoys this year’s surprise combination of some big names in rock,” Majumdar said.

The Spin Doctors’ appearance at MIT is part of the multi-platinum band’s first tour together since 1994.

Student reactions vary

Erdem M. Kiciman ’04 said he was pleased to learn about the concert lineup. “Wow, I haven’t heard anything about the Spin Doctors in a while. But if Sugar Ray’s gonna be there, I’ll probably go.”

Others were not as enthusiastic.

“MIT is the most powerful institution in the world. If they can buy Sugar Ray, they can buy anyone. They should have gotten my boy DJ Filthy, though,” said Toscanini’s Ice Cream scooper Vib Sachdev.

“I like the Spin Doctors better than Sugar Ray, honestly,” Sachdev said. “I wouldn’t spend $12 ... I only manage $4 in tips a night here at Tosci’s. I wouldn’t waste it on Sugar Ray.”

Neal E. Brenner ’03 took a moment to register the news. “The Spin Doctors, eh? ... ‘Two Princes,’ right? ‘Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong?’ Yeah ... not a big fan,” he said. “Let me know when they book Britney. I’ll be there.”

The Spring Weekend Committee is seeking volunteers to help with publicity, concert security, logistics and other tasks. Anyone wishing to volunteer should e-mail .