Third Eye Blind makes charming comeback


Third Eye Blind plays at Buster’s Billiard and Backroom on Monday, March 29, 2010. Photo by Adam Wolffbrandt

Third Eye Blind hasn’t been around in a while. But by the looks of the crowd that filled Buster’s Monday night, screaming along to the group’s decade-old songs, they are being welcomed back with open arms.

Before welcoming the “Semi-charmed” stars to the stage, Buster’s saw Portland native Joshua James take the stage. His mellow sound had a feel similar to that of Ryan Adams and Dustin Kensrue, and while it wasn’t ideal for a concert setting, it’s difficult to deny that he’s good.

After seven thank-you-so-much’s from James and a 30 minute set change, Third Eye Blind took the stage with a thunderous jam session that would break into two hours of their greatest hits, spanning their four-album, 15-year career.

The 6 member band (the five band members and lead vocalist Stephen Jenkin’s hat, which received the most dramatic entrance of all) is clearly run by Jenkins. His presence dominates the stage, although his relaxation and humor sometimes pushed the line between swagger and self-parody.

However, any time it seemed as though the band had become a tribute to its former self, two things were there to remind the crowd they still have what it takes- the quality of their stage show, and the occasional pair of panties that somehow found their way from the crown into Jenkins hands, which he would in turn twirl around his fingers for the remainder the song.

Jenkins took a moment during the show to explain how the group’s trip to Lexington almost didn’t happen.

“Our tour bus caught on fire. I don’t know about you guys, but I get enjoyment from chaos. We weren’t supposed to be here … I want you guys to know we wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” Jenkins said.

The highlight of the show came in the group’s encore which included their mega-hits “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life” and “How’s it Gonna Be,” during which Joshua James was invited back to the stage to accompany Jenkins on vocals.

Despite the group’s ups and downs, Jenkins and the band said they are extremely thankful to their fans.

“Spring is a time of new beginnings. It’s when everything starts to come together,” Jenkins said. “We feel like a brand new baby band. Thank you guys for keeping the music alive.”