Stephan Jenkins and Third Eye Blind remind us to live in the moment

By Lane Claffee 

June 19, 2017

“We’re here creating this moment, and once it’s gone, it’s gone,” said Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins during their set at Uptown Amphitheatre on Friday night. It’s true; though the next set of their tour supporting the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut will feature the same songs, and the same light show as the night before, each night has it’s own special, ephemeral beauty that celebrates the nostalgia of the classic 1997 alt-rock album.

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Starting off their set with newer cuts like “Queen of Daydreams” and a partial rendition of “Weightless,” it wasn’t long afterwards that they began to tear through their iconic debut album in it’s own original sequence, beginning with “Losing a Whole Year.” Once guitarist Kryz Reid began the song’s definitive opening riff, the stage lights figuratively exploded, revealing an illuminated pathway for the band to get much closer to the audience, as well as their signature backdrop that reads “THIRD EYE BLIND” in brilliant lighting.

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Due to the album being played in it’s original order, “Semi-Charmed Life,” arguably their biggest hit, was the song up next, right after “Narcolepsy.” Almost immediately, a sea of iPhones rose up to take pictures and shoot videos to document the moment, which led into Jenkins’ most thoughtful stage banter of the night: “You can try to capture this moment and put it on Instagram, but you can’t,” said Jenkins, “You’ll never be able to capture this moment on Instagram.” It was a short yet poignant lecture, touching on sentiments like experiencing intimate moments such as these for yourself, rather than cheating yourself out of it by taking videos of the whole thing for your Snapchat feed.

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“We’re creating this for you… we don’t use backing tracks or sequencers,” he went on to say, “we’re a motherfucking guitar rock band.” Cliche? Sort of. It’s easy for bands that play conventional instruments to be demeaning towards electronic musicians nowadays. But it was true nonetheless, for circumstances like this; each night of this tour has it’s own momentary beauty that calls back to fond memories held by everyone attending such a show, and to be using a sequencer or backing tracks for these songs would be cheating, too. Overall, the renditions of the album’s star-studded tracklist, which features gems like “How’s it Going To Be,” “Jumper,” and “Graduate,” was gracefully short-lived, nostalgic, but most of all, after 20 years, still beautifully organic; everyone in attendance got to live out a night of gorgeous, charming 1990’s nostalgia one last time.  

Check out the remaining 2017 Third Eye Blind tour dates.

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