Gin Blossoms “GoPro” It With Rousing ‘Mega Pawn King’ Video

The music video of “Mega Pawn King,” a track from the Gin Blossoms’ critically acclaimed album Mixed Reality has been released. If you’ve ever wondered if a one guy, his guitar, and a GoPro could make for a solid vid, take a look!

Armed with GoPro cameras attached to his guitar, Robin Wilson shot footage in three U.S. National Parks (Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks) while participating in the charity event Rock The Canyons 2018 (which benefitted the Love Hope Strength Foundation).

Upon watching the video and instantly digging the song, I thought “Mega Pawn King” had echoes of R.E.M., not knowing that Mixed Reality was produced and mixed by Don Dixon and recorded by Mitch Easter (they worked on R.E.M.’s Murmur and Reckoning).

The song was also penned by Gin Blossoms bassist Bill Leen. “This is one of Bill’s first ever songs,” said Wilson. “In my mind it is a mashup of R.E.M. and The Rolling Stones. While recording, it became clear this was one of the strongest and most meaningful songs on our album.”



“Mega Pawn King’s” lyrics are also catchy and, in its ever so frank way, insightful. “Don’t resist it,” writes Leen to close out the song. “Don’t resent it, don’t remember, don’t forget it. There are places, fine without me around.”

GIN BLOSSOMS; L-R: Bill Leen, Scott Hessel, Robin Wilson, Jesse Valenzuela, Scotty Johnson

The truth is that there are many fans, not just nostalgic folks like me who grew up in the 90s, who want the Gin Blossoms around. Their next performance is slated at the Ameristar Hotel & Casino in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday, January 25, followed by a Saturday stop at L’Auberge Hotel & Casino in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From February 8 through March 9, the band on embark on the “New Miserable Experience Live” tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their multi-platinum album New Miserable Experience. Dates are below:

2/8 Baltimore, MD .        Baltimore Sound Stage
2/9 Bensalem, PA .         Parx Casino – XCite Center
2/10 Homer, NY .            Center for the Arts of Homer
2/11 New York, NY .        Bowery Ballroom
2/13 Boston, MA .           Paradise Rock Club
2/15 Mashantucket, CT  Foxwoods Resort Casino – Fox Theater
2/16 Falls Church, VA .   The State Theatre
2/17 Cincinnati, OH .       Bogart’s 
2/21 St. Louis, MO .         Delmar Hall (presented by KPNT)
2/22 Chicago, IL .            House of Blues
2/23 Louisville, KY .        Mercury Ballroom
2/24 Indianapolis, IN .    The Vogue