Third Eye Blind is musically talented.
The alternative rock band emerged shortly after the grunge era in the nineties as a song writing duo from San Francisco. Known for songs like, “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper” and “How’s It Going To Be,” they are no stranger to the Billboard Top 100. And now, several years and several new band members later, they are ready to release their new album.
Third Eye Blind has had a long history of controversy within the band. There have been at least 16 different members since they began performing, the only constant being lead singer and founding member, Stephan Jenkins. As stated in their song “Jumper,” “everyone I know has got a reason, to put the past away.”
Now, after selling 12 million records since 1993, they have finally put their past behind them and have gathered a cohesive group of musicians, the band is the strongest they have ever been. Jenkins will be touring with Brad Hargreaves on drums, Kryz Reid on lead guitar, Alex Kopp on keyboards and Alex LeCavalier on bass. Reports say they couldn’t be happier.
Their new motto is: “Born in shadow, made of lions, loud as f***.” It has been written on some of the tour apparel being sold. They consider their music’s content to be born in shadow and hope that it has embodied the thoughts that people have. Jenkins uses the phrase “made of lions” to describe the drumming performance of Hargreaves and the way it drives the entirety of the show. The last part of the phrase is self explanatory and expected of such a passionate group like Third Eye Blind.
This show is expected to drive a large crowd, particularly those in their mid-twenties to forties, considering those are the lives most impacted by Third Eye Blind’s dark but inciteful lyrics.
The band will be playing at the Wellmont Theatre before continuing their tour in Michigan, skipping so many venues in between.
Why did they pick Montclair, New Jersey with so many other venues to choose from? They could like the old fashioned underground vibe that the historic Wellmont Theatre gives off. It could be because of all the interesting local eateries, bars, and shops. Or maybe they just like the unique city feeling that is brought to the suburb that the Bloomfield Avenue area is so well know for.
Come to the show and find out for yourself, but come early because with so much to do within walking distance of the theater, parking is almost as hard to get as tickets to the show.
Tickets are still on sale and are available thewellonttheater.com. Tickets range from $20 for upper balcony seating and $80 for tier seating. General admission is $35. Tickets may still be available, but they are going fast!