Last Night: 311 at The Woodlands

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311
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 15, 2012

"Three eleven. Three three eleven!" The crowd chanted over and over.

The anticipation was crazy. It was all a rush. Especially for my friend and I.

I'll give y'all the scoop of how my night went. My best friend and I went out to The Woodlands Mall to grab some dinner before the show. We kept track of time. We were making sure that we were going to make it on time to see Slightly Stoopid play before 311.

Well, our adventure had other plans for the night.

We arrived to will call to pick up the tickets at 7:30 sharp. Slightly Stoopid had basically just started. I could hear the band jamming away and a yelling that this crowd was a, "dancing one for sure."

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Finally I got up to the window at will call. I swear I have a sweating disorder or it was just humid as hell. I think both. Regardless I was hot and my best friend had to pee like no one's business. Next thing I heard from the lady on the other side of the glass window was, "ma'am I don't have them. They're probably at security."

We were directed towards security to grab the tickets. Only thing is, our tickets weren't there either. I was pretty confused, but I waited it out for someone to sort things around. I basically stood and sweated while my friend did the pee-pee dance like a little girl. It was clear we needed to get into the pavilion.

Finally at 8:30, Live Nation swooped in to rescue us. We got our tickets. (Thanks for that again, y'all.)

Twenty minutes to spare. The sun had gone down and I felt so relieved. That bathroom break was taken care of. Finally, we made it to our seats. And may I say, great seats. Got to thank whoever hooked it up.

Soon those 20 minutes were up and the chants settled in. And the band made their own to the stage. 8:50 on the dot, the crowd got down. Literally down. 311 opened up with their well-known hit single, "Down," making sure everyone got into the groove immediately.

I have to admit I like when musicians open up with something that gets the whole crowd amped. They play something that everyone pretty much recognizes, so that the whole crowd is pulled from the start. Some bands don't do that, and I must say it is kind of a concert pet peeve of mine, I suppose.


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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music

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Guest
Guest

Atrocious grammar and only about two sentences out of thirty actually about the music, the rest just a steaming pile of shallow nitwittery by the bubble-headed hack 'reviewing' the show. Houston Press: WTF?

Boomer
Boomer

I just read the first part again. You even mention that you had no intention of catching the Aggrolites. Lame. Your loss.

Taylor Moon
Taylor Moon

Calm down Boomer. I got there right as Slightly Stoopid started and tickets were misplaced by Live Nation. It took an hour to sort it out. I was pissed because I love the band, but I was happy that we got inside in enough time to see 311. Trust me I was there in time. But, I can't really review a band that I wasn't able to see live. TOUGH, I know.

rob
rob

I haven't decided if it's 311 or the red hot chili peppers that makes me feel more embarassed to be white. Kids, go buy a bad brains and lee scratch perry album and move the fuck on. It gets better.

Boomer
Boomer

I did read your article. You said you showed up partway through Slightly Stoopid. That had nothing to do with ticket issues. Weak.

Truth
Truth

Ok.. first off.. my 9 year old could probably write a better review..where is the editor indeed.. Second.. the crowd didnt know what was next in the drum solo?...Umm..hello.. the drum solo WITH THE BAND has been part of the show since the late 90's... I saw the first one.. it was 15 mins long and kills any other percussion exhibition they put on at any other show.. Third..as 20 year fan of 311 (bought my first CD in 4th grade) I agree 100% with DannyG.. about the pit, new fans, etc.. but last night's show was a million times better than last years..I am totally biased in saying I wish they had mixed even more old stuff in..  311 needs to go play another show in the mexican swap meet off 610.. no more woodlands... GA shows only!!! Aggrolites killed it, Slightly Stoopid killed it...esp with their cover of Express Yourself , and 311 is down with the unity!

Boomer
Boomer

Houston crowds have a bad habit of skipping the opening acts, and making it just in time for the headliner. Glad to see it extends beyond the concert goers and on to the concert reviewers. The Aggrolites are an amazing band. Not a word was mentioned of them.

Blowjad
Blowjad

OMG he is so Hawt!!!!!! OMG they played Amber!!!!! OMG!!!!!!! The set was tame, but  they played 3 good deep cuts though @facebook-1279531185:disqus 

poopmouth
poopmouth

 AND THE GD COMMA SPLICES. WHERE THE F IS THE EDITOR HERE?

poopmouth
poopmouth

 too much "i" "best friend" and casual observations. try talking about the show next time and not waste an entire page of press-ticket drama that can be summed up in 2 sentences.

poopmouth
poopmouth

this shit is like a livejournal entry. two thumbs down. 

DannyG
DannyG

As far as 311 concerts go, last nights was a little on the lame side. Not the bands fault at all, this was a better set than I've seen in years (and I've seen them 10 years in a row.) But yeah so the lameness I feel, was due to the overly tame crowd. This new generation of fans makes me feel like the old guy and I'm 23!!! There was no moshing in the pit because all the tweens were to infatuated by there skanky stoner girlfriends who thought they were at a DMB show lol...and the dirty looks me and my friends were getting as we tried to ignite the the pit, left me thinking, "Is this the end of an era?!"

Thomas Brennan
Thomas Brennan

THEY TOOK THE SONG SALSA OFF THE SETLIST TO PLAY AMBER.... SORRY BUT THAT BLOWS, IVE HEARD AND SEEN AMBER OVER 60 TIMES, SEEN PLAY SALSA TWICE,

Cahj1
Cahj1

Yes, aggrolites and slightly stoopid Killed it , crazy good, I saw the show at whitewater ampitheater in canyon lake, packed partying crowd, 311 was such a disappointment, I thought they sounded way too poppy, i was there aith my grown sons, and friends and we even leff a bit early, they are musicians and had played a show with aggrolites in s.a. once, and have been fans sinc. Slightlystoopid were incredible and wish they had played longer, there were mosh pits a few times, so this old woman with an injured ankle moved quick to avoid them, but couldnt move too far cuz the band was so freaking great! The old 311 was far better in my opinion, still a fun show.

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