Third Eye Blind at the Commodore Ballroom, 11/09/17
Only a few things are better than having a venue full of concert-goers belting the lyrics of a song that they feel deeply about. Last Thursday night (Nov. 9) at the Commodore Ballroom, fans of 90s band Third Eye Blind did exactly that with notable hits such as “Motorcycle Driveby,” “Jumper,” and “Semi-Charmed Life.” If you belong to the MTV generation, a.k.a. Generation X, you heard ”Semi-Charmed Life” blasting from every radio station back in the day. It’s no surprise that the Commodore was populated by 30-something-year-old fans wanting to walk down memory lane through Third Eye Blind’s music and, without a doubt, it was beautifully nostalgic.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album, this San Francisco-based rock quintet made the best decision of going on tour to play their well-loved classics. Although the band didn’t play all the songs from this record, the fact that their guitarist Kryz Reid slipped on ice and broke an arm while on tour in Billings, Montana…you have got to give the band props for continuing its last leg of the tour. Fortunately, Joe Pepper, the band’s crew member and guitarist for the band Cartel, is familiar with the band’s tunes and has volunteered to substitute for their injured guitarist.
Third Eye Blind started strong with the first track off their album, “Losing a Whole Year,” but there were a few downfalls as their set went on. Lead vocalist and founding member of the band, Stephan Jenkins, failed to execute the higher notes of some songs and another fan-favourite track “How’s It Going to Be” was played, as Jenkins described it, “campfire style,” which completely toned down the song and took out its prominent guitar riffs. Older fans were expecting to hear the entire Third Eye Blind album since this was what the tour was about, but some songs were left out. It was a bit of a disappointment; however, you can’t deny the great energy that the band has onstage, and clearly, everyone at the Commodore that night was enjoying themselves. In the end these little grievances were forgiven.
Third Eye Blind played a part in creating 90s pop culture with their music. Whether or not this band is still relevant in today’s current music scene really does not matter. They have that ability to let you relive some moments in your past with their sweet melodies and that makes it hard to have dislike for Jenkins and his crew. Lyric-wise, this band doesn’t fall short. Their words hit hard and are easily relatable. If Third Eye Blind fell out of your radar during their fourth or fifth record, or even their third, you can’t dismiss the sheer beauty of their debut album. To hear it live is well worth it.