When Third Eye Blind starts playing Graduate, the audience is instantly transported back to 1997. This song was all over the radio that year and the power of music brings those memories flooding back. Everyone is jumping around and the party has officially begun. Later on, Stephan Jenkins, the lead singer, asks the audience which song they would rather hear, “Deep Inside of You” or “How’s It Going to Be”. The second choice barely wins out and he begins to play the song solo. Then, midway through the song, the band comes out and they crank it up to the next level. It’s an excellent build that amplifies the change that occurs in the album version of the song.
At the end of the set, Stephan talks about the Supreme Court’s ruling this morning that legalizes same sex marriage in all 50 states. He says he is proud to be American today. Then, they launch into “Jumper”, a song about talking a friend out of committing suicide. Hopefully today’s historic ruling will lead to many less gay suicides. For many, Third Eye Blind is just a nostalgia band from the 90’s, but tonight proved they have lasting power. Firstmerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island was packed even though it was raining for the entire show. Their live show is solid and they’ll be around for many years to come!
See the full setlist here.