Thanks for the review, it was very interesting to read.
I got there just for doors because some muppet has now decided that Shepherds Bush tube stop will now not run straight from Kings X but will need 2 changes to get there. I was surprised at the lack of people around, i dont know if any of you guys have had it before but it felt like a cancelled show, ive turned up at a show cancelled before afew times... its not a nice feeling, this felt like that, it was literally dead outside. Ive seen afew popular Amerian bands in London before and at doors, the queues were around the block to get in. Needless to say, we were worried. I also couldnt shift my spare ticket for shit, which i had thanks to my Brother who decided he was going to live in California this year and live the dream life teaching kids "the soccer" for $50 an hour... selfish bastard touts didnt want to buy and seemed hurried to get rid of what they had, so i kept it, which judging by what happened later, was probably a good thing.
As we got closer they were letting people in... relief set in. When we got inside it was dead, like dead, dead. Probably about 200 in there, I had to have a little laugh to myself and laughed even harder when i saw the merch table and their £20... yes £20 T Shirts, none of which were different from what we've seen before. Note to 3eb : Converting $20 to £20 does not make for a good deal, especially for a screen printed Fruit of the Loom cotton special. No sirs.
We strolled down to the floor level... it was empty. Im not kidding you i could of walked up and lent on the barrier stage center and this was 8pm or so... Not good. The floor is pretty small so we went and lent on the mixer in the center just so we had a good view of the whole stage. Afew more people were coming in now, but still not enough to be even close to "busy".
Took to the stage like they were the main act, blasting out their indie jangle "rock" like it was the second coming of __________* (* insert legendary band name of choice here) Which is funny because my mate turns to me afew songs in and says "Theyre like Nirvana... If Nirvana were 15 years too late"
Choice lines such as "come on London you fucking pussys" or "London is cool because you have English girls here... This song is called American Girl" didnt really help them out. I can remember seeing them back in 2005 when Aris dad & sister used to come out and help put the equipment away, now it seems like they think theyre big time. They never once said their name so alot of people probably didnt even know who they were, it even took me a while to figure out that it was actually them.
As much as slagging them off would please me (and piss Blaire off ) they were ok. Ive heard far worse support bands in my time and at least their sound was clear and interesting and passed the time rather than adding to it. It was cool to see the Fresh Prince theme tune put into one of their songs too, brought some laughs to the crowd, which was now looking more like a filled out show. They finished and got a nice round of clapping. They werent good enough to convert me and make me buy a cd, but they werent bad enough to make me want to leave. Job done.
Third Eye Blind.
After a lengthy wait, Shepherds Bush Empire was rammed. Packed to the rafters and you didnt have room to move. It was a sell out for sure, no doubt about it. As Adam would point out, Us Brits like to arrive fashionably late
Lights go down and out they come out with No Bra, No Panties, Techno Intro, one chord repetitiveness or whatever you want to call it, and it last a near excruciating amount of time, probably the longest ive ever heard it and draws a "WTF is this shit" look from my mate. As you can tell, im not a fan of it, but as it ended they went straight into Faster.
It sounded amazing.
Ive been to gigs when things werent quite right; vocals to low, sound too muddy etc, but this was spot on, and sounded epic. It was a shortened version but still was great. Right then and there i knew i was in for a good show. Stephan was energetic as hell, jumping around the stage, singing full blast and sounding great, probably the most energetic ive ever seen him into it in years, needless to say, the dress... sorry Moo Moo. Came off early as it was hampering his abillity to rock and he thankfully realised that pulling it over his head between songs like a hoodie was not a good idea and the Moo Moo was gone for the rest of the show. It was good to see a smile a mile wide on Brads face too, both of them looked genuinely happy and excited to be there. Stephan was on form, there was no denying it.
They followed up with Anything & LAWY which were equally impressive. Everything was spot on, Vocals loud and clear, Bass & Guitar leveled out and Brads drums sounding huge. Kryz adds parts to many of the songs, little solos here and there and they were great, the guys got skills and has come on leaps and bounds since we first heard those dreadful shows where he was thrown into the mixer and had to just fumble through the songs. I was impressed... Hugely impressed to be honest.
Now after the praise ive just delt out, you'd think the show was heading for epic status. Sadly not so. They pulled out Can You Take Me with a new intro, yet, Kryz's guitar was nowhere to be heard. I looked over and has was having problems with his gear, he was playing along sure, but it was barely audiable. They managed to get it sorted out about 2/3s into the song, but the sound was far too low, and the guitar wasnt a promanent force in the mix. It was a similar story for Crystal Baller, it was hard to hear the guitar in the mix, even Stephan's acoustic was louder. I was starting to wonder if things were going wrong...
Wounded followed with a new intro with Abe on keys and Kryz on guitar, sound issues seemed to be sorted and it sounded good. Kryz has plyed the intro into his own, added parts and bits that made it original and great to hear, Stephan comes in and starts singing the first verse... then something happens; the bass and drums come in and it sounds like someones set a nuke off in the back, its fucking terrible, i had to cover my ears because it was hurting. The Bass was far to loud like someone at the mixer had slid it up to 11 by accident. You couldnt hear the song at all, it was just a wall of noise and wasnt sorted out untill mid way through the next song which was Never Let You Go which was surprising enjoyable and drew a big reaction from the crowd and has another new intro to it which sounded good but again was hampered buy the dodgy bass mix.
Stephan gave the first of his (many) speaches inbetween the song. "its been so long... i cant believe you guys showed up, we came across the ocean for this, we're not fucking around" like i said before, he was into it in a big way and while the speech was pre planned it did feel like he ment it even if he did fuck the rap up at the end and Brad had to cover up which led to a nice smile between both of them.
Next part was awesome, i heard the bass intro and knew straight away that we were getting Red Star. I was shocked, but happy as fuck and thought here might be the first of afew UK treats from the band. It sounded epic, this is what id paid my money for, something that doesnt get played often, something that is so amazing that its a crime that it got left of Major and something that always sounds better live than it does on the studio mix. They rocked the fuck out of it, and it was a mixture of So Pretty and Red Star with a new solo from Kryz. It was the highlight of the night for me. I loved it and was at absolute peak of my excitement.
The next few songs Bonfire, MDB and Graduate flew by in a haze, and all sounded brilliant, Graduate had some real venom to it, not like a song best part of 14 years old and played at every gig and Bonfire was very well done, Abe's backing vocals really bring some of the songs out, Kryz adds what he can but the main dutys are up to Abe, he has a great voice.
The band then walk off stage and Stephan strolls out with an acoustic, my mate turns to me and says "is he going to play Red Summer Sun acoustic?" i almost piss my pants right there, i doubt ill hear a better joke all year and have to explain to a shocked and amazed bud that then never play RSS even though he believes (as do we) thats it the "3eb anthem". Needless to say hes shocked and abit pissed off, but Stephan starts his banter about "dirty, filty songs" etc and i have already written "One in Ten" on my phone to Adam, when he says "Dao of St Peter" which while not a surprise, was a shock after the talk he just gave. It sounded great, nice and clear however i couldnt help think that it needed some keys with it, even if Abe came out and played some route notes to it, might of made it special. It was a shortened version, but good neverless. shame it wasnt full band with Lee and the Magic intro/outro. But good neverless.
Jumper flew by, its Jumper not much to say really except Brad had a great Drum solo that was very lengthy and pulled some Just Brad out too. I have no idea what the songs were he did, but they were at least fun. The mans and fucking demon on the kit and looks like he plays with minimal effort, almost like its totally natural to him. There was a Stephan speech in there too about how the band has been through so many "ups and downs, and is rejuvenated because of Kryz" now not many Tony fans will like hearing that, but theres no denying that the boy Kryz can play and is at the very least, a good replacement. The 3eb train after Tony was always going to roll on and Kryz seems like the man to fill the shoes, maybe not in the studio or writing sense, time will tell with that if Stephan decides to keep him around after the tour but live and out on the road, the lad is good and at that moment in the gig i wouldnt of recomended anyone else in his place. He earned his place through all of the criticism over the last few months (even from myself) to be up there and he gave it his all. Good luck to him.
Monotov's Rave then came on, now im not a fan, i know many of you guys arent either but this version seemed different, Abe started it off with some keys then Kryzs guitar work took over and it was a very rock based version, lots of solo work and guitar driven, it surprised me as it was actually very good, nothing like ive heard before. Id be miles more interested in hearing this version live again than i would hearing on cd or god forbid, Ursa Minor. MPO (lets call it live guitar mix) gets a thumbs up from me. The band then exit with a goodnight.
Stephan comes out to play Slow Motion, the crowd sings along. The song is stale but still feels right that its in the set, even if its not one of my favorites. The band then return to the stage and bust out Dont Believe A Word which after the Screams (Stephan solo with the crowd doing the other) turns into Semi Charmed Life. The place explodes and i have to say, it did sound pretty good, Kryz has a kind of reggae feel to it and it was interesting to hear it this way. Everyone sings along.. Even me Kryz has solos in it and it really sounds amazing. Stephan is boo'd by the whole place for his talk about not being here for 10 years
Water Landing comes out the bag, and doesnt dissapoint, Abe on backing is great and again the middle section is shortened down, but still felt right. Its a great song live. Its not Break Me, but its still great and is another highlight of the show.
Its all rounded off with God of Wine, again Kryz plays a slightly simplified version of it but its still the same song we all know and love and they play the shit out of it and have some young lad up the back playing Violin, though you cant actually hear it, he rocks the fuck out of it anyway
The band then all come up front and sing Bonfire reprise before leaving the stage and there is a brief moment when it feels like they may return, but afew a min or so the house lights come up and the show is done.
It was worth the ticket price, it was worth the journey. It was a great show which was packed full. Many of the newer songs drew quieter moments from he crowd and Red Star felt like i was the only on there who knew it, but the hits kept the place estatic. Though the set was predictable (except Red Star ) i highly doubt there was anyone who left the show dissapointed, i cant think of many things better that £16.50 can buy you on a Thursday night in london except maybe an ounce of heroin from the pregnant homeless woman at Shepherds Bush tube station (true story)
It wasnt the epic masterpiece that had been floating around inside my head all these years like when they played Nokia in 08 or San Fran in 07, when i was close to getting a passport and flying over, yet, never did... Something ill always regret., but it was a fucking good show and you cant really ask for more than that. I left there very happy and glad id made the trip, i came to see thirdeyeblind put on a rockshow, and a rockshow I got. Great crowd, Great music. Great night. It goes up in the memorial list of "great gigs" inside my head and may well take along time or an extra special band to dislodge them.
"i dont know why it took us ten years to come back here, but ill tell you this... We'll come back here anytime you guys want"
I hope so, if you do... ill see you there.
Thank You, Third Eye Blind.
Thanks for the review, it was very interesting to read.
I'm running out of words, I'm running out of time.
So was it all worth the weight on my mind?
And I start to fall apart
And I'm hurt by what's inside
Sounds like it was a perfect show for you."When we got inside it was dead, like dead, dead. "
top 4 gigs of all time:
third eye blind (shepherds bush empire)
innerpartysystem (manchester academy)
barenaked ladies (manchester apollo)
biffy clyro (plug, sheffield)
Yeah, was heaving by the time the band went on, couldnt of got anyone else in i doubt.
glad you enjoyed it, its pretty high up on tier 3 but you get to look down on the stage. Ill probably trade my standing in tonight with a tout for upstair seating as it kills me to stand up all night.
Though me and Luke have passes for this one, so we'll see where they take us
I booted the whole show so ill be posting those up in the other thread soon if you want them. Some are great quality like Red Star, some are shit, but they are a nice keepsake for people who were there
Your'e not wrong, four is a bizarre number! They just happen to be the only four gigs where I've had such a great time that I've actually lowered my guard enough to sing along :-D
I had an amazing time seeing 3eb. The only problem being that I was so excited to be there and enjoying myself so much that I barely took it all in :-P As much as I laughed at the arrogance of that red t-shirt upon entry to the venue (Third Eye Blind: The Best Music In The World) when I left there was no arguing with that slogan whatsoever!
Best. Gig. Ever.
Looking forward to hearing more of your mp3s Steve
I have uploaded my videos from Thursday's gig:
Dao of St Paul
Brad Drum Solo
Will do some pics too.
Photos from 13th May Shepherds Bush
" Ive seen afew popular Amerian bands in London before and at doors, the queues were around the block to get in. Needless to say, we were worried." This simply isn't true.... we were there at 630pm and it was certainly queuing round the block - luckily we asked about the o2 priority queue and were able to go there, 4th in line! tee hee
Also - we rushed straight to barrier, and got in at front, by the time support started 750pm it was at least 3/4 deep where we were as my friend couldn't get back in to the front. Yes the rest of the place took a while to fill up tho!
The crowd surfers were -ers. Almost broke my neck as one of them was pulled down by security when his boots hit the back of my head with force
I was like a teenager when i got down the front near Mr Jenkins... when he leaned over and i touched him - i was chuffed - but when i met him outside afterwards - OVER THE MOON. Even though i totally disappointed myself by becoming a speechless bimbo when he said "hey enjoy the show?"
Im glad you had a great time, i just dont like being called out for lying by anyone.
No harm done and thank you for the photos and video.
i wore my tvcy badge - didn't see any others. I wondered if i was the subject of a cruel joke?!
Some people did recognise the logo and make a comment though.
Brad's girlfriend did say that they may be coming back in September for some festivals so they might play a one off show again if they do, but nothing was confirmed, it was just an idea.
I did actually get my photo taken by a girl with a wooden spoon with a face drawn on it. Really weird, but i went along with it
Nobody noticed or said anything about the badge to me Shame, would of been nice to see you if only to recognise the badges we had
Great time, hope they do decide to make it back over here soon
wow that would be great if they did come back.
You know its kinda wierd, it was great being surrounded by fans, but in a way because they're not so well known over here they kinda feel like "my" band - and i dont want them to get popular because of that!!! sounds silly probably - but I hate when you like something and it becomes so popular its not cool anymore!
Wow, it must have been cool to meet them. on Saturday we met Kryz and Abe, along with The Upwelling outside at the front having a fag. Abe was nice as pie and chatted away. We went over to Kryz for an autograph and it went something like this:
us "Hey Kryz, you were great tonight, really enjoyed the show, we are down from scotland and caught both gigs, thought tonight was better"
Girl next to him in mocking voice "ooooh Kryz I came alllllllllllllllll the way from Ireland to see you can I get your autograph cos you're soooooooo famous"
so i said "oh, are you his sister - I saw your twitter"
her "eh yeah" *rolls eyes* and turns to friend laughing rudely "OMG some people are so desperate, checking twitter, wtf?" - pretty sure the word loser was in there too.
I hope that makes sense the way I typed it, my friend and I felt utterly stupid as we walked away. I didnt realise it was pathetic to see who was twittering @3eb the day of their gig?!
It still makes me feel sh*t just now actually.
---- I breathe by your looks and you look right through me ----
Glad you got to see them over on your side of the pond!! and that's terrific that you got to meet them and get autographs. also thanx so much for sharing your pix and vids.
We didnt actually get to chat with Kryz because it was so late when we got done that everyone was making a move and Kryz was over in the corner with his mates, felt wrong to go pester him, though i would of liked to shake his hand for the gig.
Dont feel bad for hanging around, there were alot of people outside, people were even waiting after we came out well after 12pm. Brad tried to take the piss out of me for my pink tshirt until i had to point out that it was a japanese Star Wars shirt and is fucking awesome.. Brad wanted one, i know he did
We chatted with Brads girlfriend (Jaime) and her sister (i think... well, they looked alike) and they were awesome, Jaime was the one who sorted all the passes and stuff out for us (through Gail! ) and knew who we were. It was cool and she kept telling us stuff she wasnt ment to I cant believe they knew us and wanted to chat for so long. Its crazy, i have Gail to thank for everything (yet again!) still all feels pretty sureal sitting here at work today when we were hanging out for afew hours with 3eb on Saturday
I kept TVCY badge hidden from Stephan, though i think he knew because he was right next to us when we chatted with Brad about it
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---- I breathe by your looks and you look right through me ----
Ive just talked with my Brother who lives in LA and he now owes me 20 quid because when the gigs were first talked about, he said it would never happen. Sweet
BTW your photos are awesome. Thanks for posting them all up.
Hmm..I wear mine all the time. My mom found it at a used clothing store, I think, and bought it for me. I <3 it.
Okay..back on topic now.
hey steve, (not bragging) I've seen them three times. twice in their original incarnation and once with tony. I loved the energy that tony had and seemed to add to that last show I saw but each one was special for it's own reasons.
I've been kind of following your posts about wanting to see them and hardly being able to wait to see them and now finally seeing them. probably it could never be as big as you build it up in your head but I'm glad you finally got to see them. your review was awesome and gives me a bit of hope. really glad they finally played london for all the fans like you who were waiting.