February 6, 2012
Doors opened early for this show and the first band was on around 7:30 PM...at most rock shows that equates into the headliner taking the stage at 9 PM & the show ending just around 11 PM. At this show Third Eye Blind took the stage just before 8:30 PM & they were done by 10:30 PM...I guess the 90's rock crowd needs more sleep because of all that post-grunge apathy?!
Stephan Jenkins IS Third Eye Blind & at this point him & drummer Brad Hargreaves are the only 2 original members...it's comical to note that Jason Slater from Snake River Conspiracy was actually an original member of this band & co-wrote some of the music on their first record...that's a fact he still cringes over if you ever ask him about it!
The crowd was 80% female & what I forgot about this era was that the distinction between metal & 90's rock was simple...the music was toned down, people didn't dress up, the girls didn't dress like whore & the audience seemed depressed...it was kinda like going back to my high school years when I walked through this crowd...there I was, a full on rocker with long black hair, eye liner, leather jacket, etc., etc., all the cliche's of the genre I love, yet the crowd for Third Eye Blind was dressed simple, I don't even think some took showers before going out...that was the 90's....Kurt Cobain inspired apathy where people didn't dress up, no one seemed to celebrate the fluff o' life & just be careless....instead of sex, drugs & rock n roll you had disease, addictions & whining about not feeling loved.
To Third Eye Blinds credit, they played a 2 hour set that was best described as amplified singer-song writer music...what made me laugh though was the fact that they had 3 stacks o' Mesa amps onstage...they had MAJOR gear to play HEAVY music with & instead they played pop-rock.
The sound mix was the same throughout the venue...Stephan's voice was too muffled & I would have preferred a cleaner mix on his singing....in comparison, when I saw STAIND at this same venue a few weeks prior Aaron Lewis's vocals sounded clear, crisp & precise even when he was screaming...Jenkin's vocals sounded muddy all night long even when he did his solo acoustic stuff.
"Graduate" was played a few songs into the bands set & that was where I started to move a bit because that's one of the bands bigger singles which I actually felt leaned more towards a harder edge than the bulk of their pop stuff.
In the middle of the set they turned off all the lights & Stephan tossed out glow wands & it looked pretty trippy onstage...I was unsure if they were trying to bring a dance club element to their show or what...it was something that you might expect She Wants Revenge to do moreso than 3EB!
Stephan comes off like a pompous & arrogant ass onstage...I met him after the show & he seemed ok, a bit quiet & he asked me where the coolest place was to hang out in that area & I pointed him to the bar next door to the venue which is where he & the band ended up hanging for a bit.
"Graduate" was interesting because in the middle of the song Brad did a drum solo & he mixed it up with a partially traditional solo that then went into him mixing samples of hip hop, Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" & then he did a dub step thing where he took Skrillex shit & played live drums to it...the crowd seemed to love it but I was very confused by it, I mean it was a Third Eye Blind show....I was expecting the bands lead guitarist to jam a Metallica song next...sadly that never happened!
The bands encore started with "Semi-Charmed Life" & that was a f**k up in my opinion because when they played that song the crowd was singing louder than Stephan was...that SHOULD have been the nights closer but instead they played 3 or 4 more songs after that one.
Looking at the merch table I give the band props, all of their tour shirts were between $20 - $25 in price & after the show the crowd promptly left...no hanging out, no partying, no drinking, it was just over!
All in all it was a fun night, it was not the type o' rock show I'm used to, the 90's rockers keep it sedate for the most part, but 3EB played a 2 hour set that ended early enough so the 30-somethings could get home and in bed because tomorrow was a work day!