Where are they now? Tracking down 7 once-mega-popular Bay Area acts

Fame is a fickle thing.

It comes and, more often than not, it goes. And that’s particularly the case with the hyper-competitive and always-changing world of music.

But what happens to the once-famous acts once the majority of the general public stops paying attention?

Well, in many cases, they continue right along playing gigs and releasing new music.

Just Google around and you’ll see plenty of former chart-toppers popping up at county fairs, small-to-medium clubs and other venues.

And some of them are still well worth listening a listen lo these many years/decades past their commercial prime.

So, we thought it would be nice to play a Bay Area version of “What are they doing now?” and let fans know what some local acts are up to now that their stars have faded quite a bit.

Here’s a look at seven such acts.

Smash Mouth

San Jose’s second most famous rock act (following the Doobie Brothers, of course) was a huge deal in the late ‘90s and early ‘2000s, thanks in large part to having a couple of songs — the original “All Star” and a cover of the Monkees hit “I’m a Believer” — featured in the film “Shrek.”

The group is still touring and releasing new material, with bassist Paul De Lisle as the only original member still in the fold. Flamboyant frontman Steve Harwell departed from the band in 2022, following what had become his increasingly unpredictable and unacceptable behavior on the live stage, and then died from liver failure one year later at the age of 56. Zach Goode now handles lead vocals for Smash Mouth.


The Tubes

The art/glam-rockers had all the teens singing along to the cheeky anthem “White Punks on Dope” in the 1970s. Then, somewhat amazingly, the Tubes transitioned into MTV sweethearts in the ‘80s with the polished pop-rock nuggets “Talk to Ya Later” and “She’s a Beauty.” They were even featured in the amazing Olivia Newton-John film “Xanadu” in 1980.

The group’s most recent studio outing remains 1996’s “Genius of America,” yet the Tubes can be found playing all the old favorites at clubs and small theaters every so often. The band still features vocalist Fee Waybill, drummer Prairie Prince and guitarist Roger Steen — with the latter two (especially Steen) providing plenty of good reasons for attending a show in 2024.


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