Third Eye Blind at House of Blues, 12/2/2013

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Photos by Matthew Keever
Third Eye Blind
House of Blues
December 2, 2013

Nearly an hour into their performance at House of Blues Monday night, Third Eye Blind finally got the crowd's attention.

"Miss Jones taught me English, but I think I just shot her son," Stephan Jenkins crooned as fans sang along, "'cause he owed me money. With a bullet in the chest, you cannot run. Now he's bleeding in a vacant lot, the one in the summer where we used to smoke pot. I guess I didn't mean it, but man you should have seen it: his flesh explode."

A criticism of America's infatuation with and glamorization of violence and drug use, "Slow Motion" was originally deemed too controversial by Elektra Records to be included on the band's 1999 sophomore album Blue. Since being released on A Collection in '06, the anti-establishment anthem has grown in popularity and was the first real crowd-pleaser at Monday night's show. Fans were drawn in, cell phones were raised high into the air and fans cheered wildly as the song concluded.

The preceding hour, meanwhile, wasn't quite so captivating.

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Hurrying through 12 songs before "Slow Motion," the San Francisco-born quintet barely performed anything in its entirety, instead playing a verse and chorus of each ballad before transitioning into the next. "Crystal Baller," "Graduate" and "Wounded" piqued the crowd's interest, but Third Eye Blind never capitalized on the buildup until an hour into their performance. From then on, the show improved but still didn't reach its apex until the encore.

I applaud the band for peppering its set list with lesser-known songs for seasoned fans, but let's not forget why they were playing at a sold-out venue: the hits, the ones that everyone wants to hear and sing along to. And in that regard, Third Eye Blind disappointed many and only barely redeemed themselves by saving the best for last.

Almost two hours of music performed by one of the most iconic '90s bands left fans feeling underwhelmed. Despite a strong finale consisting of three established cuts off their debut eponymous album, the evening was still an overall letdown. It felt as though Third Eye Blind was simply going through the motions for much of the show, and the crowd responded in kind by chatting away through most of it.


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Shannon Marie Pyle- Scott
Shannon Marie Pyle- Scott

I disagree with this article....you were ABSOLUTELY amazing in every way...my husband and I see you every time your in Houston...y'all rocked it last night!!

3ebFAN
3ebFAN

A Little Disappointed.

I've seen 3EB 4 times live (Mulcayhey's, LI, Chance, NY, Mulcayhey's, Houston HOB).  This was by far the worst that they have done from both a technical/music point of view, and a crowd-engagement point of view.  Stephen started out pretty flat and introverted from the beginning, hiding in his hoody, refusing to interact with the crowd.  Then, all of a sudden, after probably 5 or 6 songs, he finally engages the crowd, practically begging [the crowd] to find some energy and support him.  A stark difference from his disconnected, Auto-tuned, entry.  ( In my past experience, (remembering the Chance in POU, he was climbing on speakers by the third song).

As the concert went on, Stephen, Brad and the "gang" started to open up some, as they got into the Classic songs from 3EB and Blue.  The lead guitarist (replacement for Frednelli/Salazar) was terrible.  God Awful.  Please fire him with the same swift you fired Salazar, who actually WROTE the songs.  Did Stephen pick up this clown up out of some obscure no-name, Facebook profile?

This guitar-playing "clown" could not play a decent solo.  He shook off solo requests from Stephen several times, and they even ended songs short due to this guy's refusal to engage the song.  Pathetic.  Frednelli could at least rock-out, let alone engage the crowd on his own merits. (Gauge this:  Frednelli was throwing guitar picks every song, this CLOWN finally threw them at the ENCORE!)

Brad's Drum Solo was frankly, one of the most entertaining moments.  The crowd, as well as myself, really enjoyed Brad's IPAD + Drum Solo.  He was seriously one audio-recording away from a major club-hit.

Stephen playing Slow-motion.  Frankly, I don't even know if he actuallly sang it, or just strummed the chords (the crowd was very loud and in-tune).  (+5 points to the crowd).  Stephen finally, and let me emphasize: FINALLY opened up and showed his classic stephen/3EB that we all grew up with.

After that, the show took off exponentially.  Stephen kept looking up at the "expensive seats" in seeming disgust, while continuing to work the stagefront crowd.  (who was actually engaged in the concert)

 I would agree that the show FINALLY climaxed with the encore (Narcolepsy/Semi Charmed Life/God of Wine/Bonfire.)   The author did not include BONFIRE.

Closing Thoughts:  STEPHEN:  Seriously!  You played, and SOLD OUT a MONDAY NIGHT crowd!  Your crowd is a group of people who had to "explain" to their parents, in High School, why they should be allowed to sing along to a song about METH, let alone keep their cassettes!   We were joking in the entry line that "if youL CITY, fil don't know who 3EB is, you're obviously under 25!).  You sold out HOUSTON.  The high-income OIL CITY, a group of Young Professionals who grew up with your Classic Hits.  WHY DID YOU STRAY?  We appreciate your desire for the new stuff.  Believe Me, I really liked the first "new" song you played, as it had a tiny little bit of twang to it, but I don't think it will go very far.  Further, that "blame the "REPUBLICANS" song was not going to fly in TEXAS.  I personally think the DEMS and REPUBS are the same bird of prey, but come on?  Did you seriously think that would capture a crowd in TEXAS?

The rest of us showed up to see Jenkins, Hargreaves, Salazar/Frednelli, et al. The pianist was good, definitely a new dimension worth exploring, but for god's sake, please ditch that guitarist.  Even if it means going Acoustic for the remainder of your concerts!

One day later, on a scale of 1-100, with 65 being a "passing grade," I would give last night's performance a 79-82.  Shows at Mulcahy's (Wantagh)  were much better mixed and engaging, (90+ in grade).  The Chance was actually the best I've seen.

In closing:  Stephen, please stick with your passion [writing music].  Go back to your fundamentals (Brad and Salazar).  I think you will find a great deal of matured music, and tremendous depth.  Stop trying to fill a gap with bondo, and engage your friends who contributed to 3EB.   You will find both the personal and commercial success you seek.

~A  Houston fan for life  "AHFL"

3ebFAN
3ebFAN

A Little Disappointed.

I've seen 3EB 4 times live (Mulcayhey's, LI, Chance, NY, Mulcayhey's, Houston HOB).  This was by far the worst that they have done from both a technical/music point of view, and a crowd-engagement point of view.  Stephen started out pretty flat and introverted from the beginning, hiding in his hoody, refusing to interact with the crowd.  Then, all of a sudden, after probably 5 or 6 songs, he finally engages the crowd, practically begging [the crowd] to find some energy and support him.  A stark difference from his disconnected, Auto-tuned, entry.  ( In my past experience, (remembering the Chance in POU, he was climbing on speakers by the third song).

As the concert went on, Stephen, Brad and the "gang" started to open up some, as they got into the Classic songs from 3EB and Blue.  The lead guitarist (replacement for Frednelli/Salazar) was terrible.  God Awful.  Please fire him with the same swift you fired Salazar, who actually WROTE the songs.  Did Stephen pick up this clown up out of some obscure no-name, Facebook profile?

This guitar-playing "clown" could not play a decent solo.  He shook off solo requests from Stephen several times, and they even ended songs short due to this guy's refusal to engage the song.  Pathetic.  Frednelli could at least rock-out, let alone engage the crowd on his own merits. (Gauge this:  Frednelli was throwing guitar picks every song, this CLOWN finally threw them at the ENCORE!)

Brad's Drum Solo was frankly, one of the most entertaining moments.  The crowd, as well as myself, really enjoyed Brad's IPAD + Drum Solo.  He was seriously one audio-recording away from a major club-hit.

Stephen playing Slow-motion.  Frankly, I don't even know if he actuallly sang it, or just strummed the chords (the crowd was very loud and in-tune).  (+5 points to the crowd).  Stephen finally, and let me emphasize: FINALLY opened up and showed his classic stephen/3EB that we all grew up with.

After that, the show took off exponentially.  Stephen kept looking up at the "expensive seats" in seeming disgust, while continuing to work the stagefront crowd.  (who was actually engaged in the concert)

I would agree that the show FINALLY climaxed with the encore (Narcolepsy/Semi Charmed Life/God of Wine/Bonfire.)   The author did not include BONFIRE.

Closing Thoughts:  STEPHEN:  Seriously!  You played, and SOLD OUT a MONDAY NIGHT crowd!  Your crowd is a group of people who had to "explain" to their parents, in High School, why they should be allowed to sing along to a song about METH, let alone keep their cassettes!   We were joking in the entry line that "if youL CITY, fil don't know who 3EB is, you're obviously under 25!).  You sold out HOUSTON.  The high-income OIL CITY, a group of Young Professionals who grew up with your Classic Hits.  WHY DID YOU STRAY?  We appreciate your desire for the new stuff.  Believe Me, I really liked the first "new" song you played, as it had a tiny little bit of twang to it, but I don't think it will go very far.  Further, that "blame the "REPUBLICANS" song was not going to fly in TEXAS.  I personally think the DEMS and REPUBS are the same bird of prey, but come on?  Did you seriously think that would capture a crowd in TEXAS?

The rest of us showed up to see Jenkins, Hargreaves, Salazar/Frednelli, et al. The pianist was good, definitely a new dimension worth exploring, but for god's sake, please ditch that guitarist.  Even if it means going Acoustic for the remainder of your concerts!

One day later, on a scale of 1-100, with 65 being a "passing grade," I would give last night's performance a 79-82.  Shows at Mulcahy's (Wantagh)  were much better mixed and engaging, (90+ in grade).  The Chance was actually the best I've seen.

In closing:  Stephen, please stick with your passion [writing music].  Go back to your fundamentals (Brad and Salazar).  I think you will find a great deal of matured music, and tremendous depth.  Stop trying to fill a gap with bondo, and engage your friends who contributed to 3EB.   You will find both the personal and commercial success you seek.

~A  Houston fan for life  "AHFL"

unclelijah
unclelijah

that might be the saddest picture i have ever seen

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