June 10

Third Eye Blind – A Semi-Charmed Kind of Night

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San Diego rockers Third Eye Blind performed last Sunday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine Florida.  The 3900 seat out door venue hosted the headliners and their supporting acts, Dashboard Confessional and Augustana.  I was excited to see one of my favorite 1990's bands playing at my favorite concert venue.

Third Eye Blind exploded in to the music scene with the release of their self-titled album in 1997.  Enjoying a few lineup changes over the years the band has stood the test of time and will release their 5th album, Dopamine, on June 16th.  The St. Augustine show was an hour and 15 minutes of music spanning almost two decades.  The setlist included hits like “Jumper”, “How's It Gonna Be” and “Never Let You Go.”  The band also rocked their latest single “Everything is Easy and a cover of Beyonce's “Mine”, which can be downloaded for free on Third Eye Blind's website.  Some fans were upset that a curfew seem to force the show to end early, but a glimpse of the official setlist proved the played every song they intended to play.  Perhaps the curfew caused lead singer Stephan Jenkins to cut some of his crowd banter short, but the  music was there, and it was good.

The band finished the main set with “Jumper.” After a brief exit the band returned for their encore which concluded with the influential “Semi-Charmed Life.”  The house was on their feet, right hands in the air, testifying to their high priest as he took them back in time. For a moment I forgot I was 41 and had to hurry home to a teenage daughter; at that moment I was 23 and “The sky it was gold, it was rose I was taking sips of it through my nose and I wish I could get back there, some place back there………”



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