What a show.
Of all the 3eb shows I've been at, I must say, this one had the most energy, besting even the sickness that was the WAR tour. It was like every person there was a hardcore fan. I guess on a Sunday night show that didn't start till about 10:30, that would make sense. It was sold out, just like 8/24 apparently too.
I met with 3ebnut outside and she seemed very nice. Post more ! I think I spotted Jason up front by Tony, and Arin was literally about 6 feet from me, which was just far enough to not be able to make any contact with him..
EDIT: I did get a good swing in on his girlfriend though. (I keed.)
Setlist, in close to actual order...
2. Crystal Baller
4. Never Let You Go
5. Don't Like Me Now
6. Palm Reader
12. Second Born
13. Break Me
14.Semi-Charmed Life (Stairway)
15.Deep Inside Of You (SJ)
16.Slow Motion (SJ)
19.How's It Going To Be
20.God of Wine
Bandcamp wasn't half bad, especially better than people give them credit for. I don't really like that kind of music at all, but the guys had talent, decent songwriting skills, and unlike most new bands, they knew how to just jam out for a minute or two.
As far as 3eb goes, all the guys seemed to be having a really good time. SJ at one point began playing Brad's cymbals with his barehands, just to fuck with him.
SJ gave the typical schpeel acknowleding their cult status and embracing it. He said that despite the fact that he has writer's block and can't finish the album, coming to Chicago and having it sold out twice for the band was humbling and excited him greatly. He stressed that he was very sincere about that.
Tony was a goddamned rock god, per usual. He always has so much energy, but tonight it seemed like he was in overdrive. The fact that the crowd was just fueling them all so much probably accounts for a lot of this. Tony pantomimed cunnilingus during the "go down on you for an hour" and sang "I wish you would step back from that ledge" while pointing to people in the balconies. As mentioned at prior shows, he consistently let people strum his guitar. He pretty much improvised throughout ToTS, which was very cool.
Brad was a beast per usual. He seemed very joyous and energetic, and played a kickass drum solo during Jumper.
Moses. Moses played his role very well. He seemed very humble, wary about trying to take too much attention from the "real members", which kind of made me feel bad for him. It's really not an ideal situation to be in. I mean, honestly, no one's thrilled to see him there despite the fact that he's done nothing wrong, yet the guy must know it. But he did have fun, and accepted the spotlight in fleeting moments. He really rode the line well and portrayed himself perfectly. I have a lot of respect for the guy. The fact that he has still not been announced as an official member, and the way he appeared on stage, still makes me think 3eb is holding out hope for Arion's return. But enough about that.
The highlight of the night was without a doubt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, which, despite what Arin says, they did not actually play.
Second Born was the song with the bluesy intro, I think. I liked the intro a lot. There was some lyrics to it, dunno if anyone's seen a video of it or whatever, but it was something included "our family". It was really pretty and I liked it a lot. The lyrical changes, stuff about "my brother's gone", eh, didn't like so much. The solo in the bridge is gone, or at least shortened. All references to his mother's bout with Cancer are gone. It's pretty much a different song, with a different theme. One about losing a brother. I'm sure this version will grow on me, but, I really did think it was more heartfelt before.
For the ending, SJ played Don't Like Me Now acoustic, getting everyone to sing the "Whoa" together, as done at other shows, and the band came out and shook hands with people. It was a really thoughtful, intimate way to end the night.
During Persephone, I kid you not, I looked around and saw about 20 people recording it with cell phones and other devices, a much higher number than any other song. It seems obvious that there's so many fans out there that don't post here, and I wish they did (so long as they're intelligible). Pretty much everyone in the place knew the words to Slow Motion.
This was a really necessary show for me and my faith in the band. The Indy show, with Arion not being there and no other bassist, left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. I had doubts about this show, pretty extreme doubts, but they were almost all nullified. It was kind of sad when the Jumper bass solo was coming up, and I knew I wasn't going to look over and see Arion. But around then I realized, looking around and seeing a thousand complete strangers all having the time of their lives in complete unison, that 3eb is still a beautiful thing. It might not be pretty behind the surface, but man, when you're surrounded by so many people that love this band, sweating and jumping around to the best music of our generation, there's nothing that beats that. I don't think, should Arion's leave be permanent, that he would want any of us to miss out on that; for any of us to not feel that. It was beautiful, really.