On Stage at The Coach House: Crash Test Dummies

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By Collin Breaux

Mmm mmm mmm mmm.

So goes the chorus of the 90s hit song by Crash Test Dummies.

On August 13, the audience at The Coach House will surely be humming along.

The Canadian band, famous for their hit 1993 album God shuffled his feet—will stop at the San Juan Capistrano venue as part of a 2022 tour. The South Orange County gig will be just one of three Crash Test Dummies California gigs, the other two being in San Francisco and Sacramento.

Fans of ’90s alt-rock can hum along when Crash Test Dummies play The Coach House on August 13. Photo: Courtesy of Crash Test Dummies

Lead singer Brad Roberts, whose deep voice provides the memorable melody for their famous single, says San Juan’s next show will be a combination of songs by God shuffled his feetand other albums. Jones does not recall playing The Coach House before and was curious about the venue. When told about the layout of the building, which includes tables in front of the stage, his anticipation for the concert grew.

All of the original members of Crash Test Dummies will be on stage except for their harmonica player. The band is, as Jones puts it, “making up for lost time” with the tour, as they had to cancel previously scheduled shows during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s tour will also take them further up the West Coast to Portland and Seattle.

“You drive, drive and drive through cities,” Jones said. “Sometimes they are very far apart.”

Like many other musicians and performing artists, Crash Test Dummies are getting back on tour after the global shutdown. Their North American dates follow a recent European tour, where Jones raved about the coffee and breakfast options at the hotel. In particular, he spoke of the salty scrambled eggs and cold meats he tasted in Germany and other countries.

“These are incredibly huge and lavish spreads,” Jones said. “Every day, fresh bread.”

The North American tour will end in their home turf, Canada, coming full circle.

Jones kept busy during the COVID-19 lockdown and, unlike some other people, wasn’t nervous during it, which he attributes in part to sharing an apartment with his ‘beautiful wife’ . He takes the time to immerse himself in musical education and learns to play the classical piano.

“I’m not a pianist,” he said. “I take it in my old age.”

Jones acknowledged that classical piano is a little different from the folk-tinged rock of the Crash Test Dummies, which are celebrating their 30th anniversary.e anniversary as they hit the road to perform in front of fans.

“It makes me feel old, but very grateful,” Jones said. “We have a loyal following.”

He credits this enduring interest to the storytelling and lyrical aspect of Crash Test Dummies, which addresses childhood and religious experiences in “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.” Jones said he also personally read comments from people struck by the “sound quality” of the music.

“He has a thick layered veneer,” he said.


What: Crash test dummies

When: Saturday August 13. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m.

Where: 33157 Capistrano Road, San Juan Capistrano

For tickets or more information: thecoachhouse.com. Tickets are $35.

Collin Breaux

Collin Breaux covers San Juan Capistrano and other southern Orange County news as editor of The Capistrano Dispatch. Before moving to California, he covered Hurricane Michael, politics and education in Panama City, Florida. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

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