Lit is a post-grunge band, based in Fullerton, California, United States. They had several hits singles in the 1990s and early 2000s including My Own Worst Enemy, Miserable, Zip-Lock, Over My Head, Lipstick and Bruises, Addicted, Looks Like They Were Right and Times Like This.
The band was formed in 1990 as a metal-oriented band, under the name "Razzle", and gained a large following. A few years later, the group changed its name to "Stain", but due to another band owning the name, it changed its name to "Lit" in 1996. The group shot to stardom with the platinum album A Place In The Sun in 1999. A Place In The Sun yielded the smash single "My Own Worst Enemy," which held the number one position for three months, and received a Billboard Music Award for the biggest Modern Rock Song of 1999. It was followed by "Zip-Lock" (which featured Blink-182) and "Miserable", the latter of which was among the top ten most played songs of 2000 and famously featured Pamela Anderson in the video. The band performed over 286 shows and toured worldwide in support of A Place in the Sun. In addition to the Vans Warped Tour and a coveted slot on Woodstock 1999, the band toured with The Offspring, Garbage, and No Doubt.
Lit followed up A Place in the Sun with the 2001 release of Atomic which gave the band another Top 10 hit with "Lipstick And Bruises"; the album wasn’t as successful as "A Place In The Sun". Lit toured to support Atomic with Kid Rock, and Butch Walker. The group asked to be released from their contract with RCA Records shortly after the release of Atomic due to RCA firing Lit’s RCA label representative the day of Atomic‘s release. Lit went on a small, intimate club tour that Fall before releasing the self-titled Lit on the DRT Entertainment label on June 24, 2004. The single "Looks Like They Were Right" made it on the top 40 charts but the album was again largely unsuccessful due to lack of promotion on the label’s behalf. That year the group also put out its first long-form DVD called "All Access" on November 16, 2004.
In March 2006, "The Slidebar" restaurant/bar opened in Fullerton, California, of which the band are co-owners.
It was announced on May 5, 2008, that Lit’s drummer Allen Shellenberger was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He is currently undergoing treatment. His cancer was identified as malignant glioma.
On July 26, 2008, Lit held a benefit for Allen at House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. A number of bands performed including Sugar Ray and Handsome Devil. No Doubt drummer Adrian Young filled in for Allen on the drums for a few songs. Allen and Adrian also played at the same time for a few songs as well. The show was a great success.
On August 14, 2008, A. Jay and Allen were featured on DJ Rossstar’s online show, there the band revealed they were working on "a few new ones." Although the band has not announced anything in regards to a new album release any time soon, they are working on re-releasing an updated version of their self-titled album in the near future; A. Jay plans on releasing an exclusive Lit t-shirt off his brand new clothing line around the time of its release.
In April 2010 during an interview with OC Talk Radio, Lit hinted they are currently talking with and would return to a major label for their next release. They also revealed they are working on a new management deal as well as performing new material live. Lit has yet to announce the release of any new material or a projected time frame for their next album.
On September 24, Lit has formally revealed on their Facebook page that they are in fact working on a new album. More so, they have already hit the studios and have recorded new material. Click the link above for a statement of Bass player Kevin Baldes.
In May 2008, drummer, Allen Shellenberger was diagnosed with brain cancer. It is reported that Allen never wanted to know how bad his prognosis was. The Lit band members never told him what they knew.
Sadly, in August 2009, drummer Allen Shellenberg passed away due to brain cancer. Shellenberger was only 39 years old.
The band issues this statement:
"To know Al was to know laughter. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. Words cannot begin to express how much he will be missed. This was our brother and not a day will go by that we won’t think about him. Right now we’re trying to find the balance of mourning his loss and celebrating his life. Allen has experienced more in his 39 years than most people dream of in ten lifetimes. This is a tremendous loss for us, our fans, and also for Allen’s family who took such good care of him during his battle with cancer."
Today in 2011, LIT continue to play shows and are working on a new album, slated for release in early 2012.
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