On Tuesday July 14, 2015 rockers Third Eye Blind along with Dashboard Confessional and Night Terrors of 1927 graced the stage at the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa up in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Attendance for this Tuesday night show was pretty good for being a work night for most, close to a thousand fans showed up for this awesome show. The venue holds 1,795 (stand up capacity).
The night started off for this examiner pretty rough, it seemed that someone lost my media credentials (photo pass) on the way to will call, lucky for me Justin Maximov, owner of J Max Productions (the shows promoter and a true professional) heard I was having a bit of a problem and took care of everything, unfortunately, I missed most (well all of it) of the first bands set.
Third Eye Blind is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1993. The songwriting duo of Stephan Jenkins and Kevin Cadogan signed the band’s first major label recording contract with Elektra Records in 1996, which was later reported as the largest publishing deal ever for an unsigned artist. The band released their self-titled album, Third Eye Blind, in 1997, with the band largely consisting of Jenkins (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Cadogan (lead guitar), Arion Salazar (bass guitar) and Brad Hargreaves (drums). Shortly after the release of the band’s second album in 1999, Blue, with the same line-up, Cadogan was released from the band under controversial circumstances.
The band continued on, but with many line-up changes and gaps between album releases. The band released Out of the Vein in 2003 and Ursa Major in 2009, with only Jenkins and Hargreaves as the remaining core members. The band’s current iteration, including Kryz Reid (lead guitar), Alex Kopp (keyboards), and Alex LeCavalier (bass guitar), recorded the band’s fifth studio album, Dopamine, which was released in 2015.
Third Eye Blind did a solid ninety minute plus set that went just like this, (from the set list at the sound board)
“Faster” (Intro Guitar), “Graduate”, “Blinded”, “Wounded”, “Never Let You Go”, “Crystal Baller”, “Everything Is Easy”, “Mine” (Beyoncé cover), “Losing A Whole Year”, “Dopamine”, “Motorcycle Drive By”, “Back To Zero”, (acoustic set), “How’s It Going To Be”/”Deep Inside of You”, (drum solo). “Rites Of Passage”, “Jumper” and three encore songs, “Something In You”(requested song), “Semi-Charmed Life” and “God of Wine”.
This band is very fan friendly, they interact with the crowd during the whole show, they even take song request from the fans during the set. The people that were there really got their monies worth at this show, everyone was dancing and singing to every song on the set list. This show was my first time seeing these guys live, and boy did they kill it.
Main support for this tour is Dashboard Confessional.
Dashboard Confessional is an American acoustic rock band from Boca Raton, Florida, led by singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba. The name of the band is derived from the song “The Sharp Hint of New Tears” from their debut album, The Swiss Army Romance.
The band cites Jawbreaker, Jawbox, The Beatles, Refused, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Minor Threat, The Beach Boys, The Descendents, Embrace, Sunny Day Real Estate, Rites of Spring, Weezer and Fugazi as their influences.
Current band members include, Chris Carrabba (vocals, rhythm guitar and piano), John Lefler (lead guitar, piano and backing vocals), Scott Schoenbeck (bass) and Mike Marsh (drums, percussion).
Dashboard (which the band is often referred by) played close to one hour, their set went like this (also from the set list on the sound board),
“The Good Fight”, “Again I Go Unnoticed”, “Saints And Sailors”, “No News Is Bad News”, “Screaming Infidelities”, “Belle Of The Boulevard”, “Remember To Breathe”, “The Swiss Army Romance”, “The Sharp Hint Of New Tears”, “Back To You” (Twin Forks cover), “Get Me Right”, “Don’t Wait”, “The Best Deceptions”, “Stolen”, “Vindicated” and “Hands Down”.
These guys did an awesome job as the main support opener, this examiner can see them being the headliner in the near future. The band really got the crowd ready to rock. A lot of the fans in attendance were there to see them as well as Third Eye Blind, you could tell by the way the fans really got into every song, they knew all the songs they played. Even Third Eye Blind keyboardist Alex Kopp wanted in on the action as he came on-stage and did a song with the band. Very impressive.
Starting the night off was Night Terrors of 1927.
Well, all I can report on about this band is that they played. As I was saying at the start of this review, my media credentials (photo pass) were misplaced. I finally got into the venue about the same time as the band started their last song (I barely had time to get a few shots off, that’s about it). I did ask a couple of people that did see the band play how they did and how long was the set, they told me the band did very well and the set went about thirty or forty minutes.
All in all this was a very good show, well worth the ticket price and the drive up to the lake.
A good time was had by all.
The MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa is a great place to stay and see a show, to see what’s coming next (click here).
If you would like to see all the photos of Third Eye Blind at this show (click here) and Dashboard Confessional (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, I always say, “The photos are what it’s all about, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show”.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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