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Third Eye Blind rock like it's 1997

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It was a blast from the past Tuesday night as Third Eye Blind returned to San Diego to rock the House of Blues.

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Third Eye Blind, made up of Stephen Jenkins, Brad Hargreaves, Kryz Reid, Alex Kopp, and Alex LeCavalier, hit commercial success with a string of singles from their first two albums, Third Eye Blind (’97) and Blue (’99). Their fifth album was announced in December of last year, and recording began midway through 2013. It was also announced that this would be their last album.

The first three songs, of which we are allowed to photograph the band from the barricade, the stage was in complete darkness, save for the strobe lights that would briefly illuminate it. Jenkins appeared on a small stage in the back, singing through a microphone that hung from the unlit sign bearing the band’s name. As the show went on, the lights came up and so did the energy. Every song was met with applause and every song was sung along to, loud enough to nearly drown out Jenkins, who himself has an energy and stage presence that I haven’t seen in a long time. Every move he made, the attention was on him. Playing through the band’s most popular hits, such as “Never Let You Go,” “Jumper,” and “Semi Charmed Life,” certainly pleased everyone there, from their biggest fans to the (seemingly few) people who only knew their radio hits.

For the first time at the House of Blues, I was forced to wear earplugs, not because of the band but the fans themselves. They erupted into a frenzy upon the start of the show and it never let up. Ever. One fan, named Stacy, flew all the way from Florida to see the band for the thirty-third time since their formation in 1993. An impressive mix of fans old and young proved that Third Eye Blind are still one of the biggest bands to come out of recent decades.

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