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    Lit band photo 2012

Lit Biography

Alternative-Rock quartet founded in 1990 in Orange County, California USA by brothers A. Jay Popoff on vocals, Jeremy Popoff on guitars and their high-school friends, bassist Kevin Baldes and drummer Allen Shellenberger.

The group quickly created a buzz in the local scene and after years of live shows, in the fall of 1996 they released the first independent 5-track EP entitled "Five Smokin' Tracks From Lit".
The next year saw the release of Lit's debut full-length disc, "Tripping The Light Fantastic".

Not long after the band was signed to RCA Records, who released their sophomore effort "A Place In The Sun", in early 1999; the string of Modern Rock smash singles, which incuded the #1 "My Own Worst Enemy", the #3 "Miserable" and the top 20 hit "Zip-Lock", helped the album rise to #31 on The Billboard Top 200 chart; the group supported the release by touring with The Offspring, No Doubt and Garbage.

In October 2001 the California rockers put out "Atomic", which quickly catapulted into the top 40 of The Billboard 200, highlighted by three fresh Modern Rock singles: "Over My Head", "Addicted" and the top 10 hit "Lipstick And Bruises".

After splitting with RCA, in June 2004 Lit returned with their eponymous album but the CD failed to match the chart success of the band's previous releases, reaching the #113 position on The Billboard 200 while the main single, "Looks Like They Were Right", grabbed a #34 spot on The Modern Rock chart.
Later that year was released "All Access", a DVD compilation of music videos and live performances, concurrently, Jeremy Popoff would give the band's hometown of Fullerton, a new watering hole, The Slidebar, which fast became a top Orange County hang.

Then, in a tragic turnabout of fortune, Popoff brothers' stepfather was killed and their mother seriously injured when they were involved in a motorcycle accident. The tragedy would make it extremely difficult for the band to weather the work but despite it all, they would continue to write and play shows.
In July of 2008, the band had been called to support KISS on a European tour, but just days before the first date, misfortune befell the group again when drummer Allen Shellenberger was diagnosed with a malignant glioma brain tumor, he immediately underwent clinical trials, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Sadly Shellenberger lost his heroic battle with the disease on August 13, 2009, at the age of 39.

With the help of a new drummer and old friend, in fact Shellenberger's drum tech, Nathan Walker and guitarist + keyboardist Ryan Gillmor, Lit headed into the studio in late 2011 to cut their Butch Walker-produced comeback album, "The View From The Bottom" which is due out June 19, 2012. The first single is entitled "You Tonight".

 

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    The band line-up 2001