Live Review: Third Eye Blind at Manchester Academy 2 – 5th November 2015

By on Tuesday, 10th November 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

When you’re a band that’s been around for 22 years, one thing you learn to do is how to put on a show. There’s an art form to it that’s almost as important as creating the music itself. Without the live show, you gain no traction with the fans, both old and new, and it’s this ability that has helped Third Eye Blind survive for this long.

Their current tour is in support of their latest record ‘Dopamine’, which is also their first in 6 years, but there certainly weren’t any cobwebs to be dusted off so to speak. Being introduced with a pounding drum track as the rest of the band took to the stage, frontman Stephan Jenkins finally appeared to a rapturous, almost-sold out crowd. Opening with comeback single ‘Everything is Easy’, the already frenzied audience, their unified fists in the air, were in the palm of Jenkins’ hand.

Jenkins informed us early on in the set that this was actually their first time playing Manchester and in fact they first got attention by major labels and thusly signed because they supported Oasis, Manchester’s favourite sons. Almost a symbolic homecoming of sorts. The end of ‘Rite of Passage’ featured a little teaser of U2’s ‘With or Without You’.

Controversial ballad ‘Slow Motion’ was a clear fan favourite. The song references a student shooting a teacher and was only eventually released on a greatest hits collection and not their second album ‘Blue’ as planned, but it’s clearly a song that hasn’t been lost to its infamy.

Constantly engaging with the crowd, be it through stage talk or hype gestures, Jenkins still has the lead singer-type charisma that very few acts in the modern age have. Splitting his time between guitar-toting frontman and bounding around the stage as a microphone-wielding icon, there was no divide between the band and fans. This is what can make or break a band; making that connection, giving the crowd a role in the show and Jenkins is truly a master of this, continuously checking in and inciting the crowd to “lose your inhibitions”. The encore was when things reached the peak of organised chaos: the obvious track everyone was waiting for and their massive breakout hit ‘Semi-Charmed Life’ was the epic finale we’d hoped it to be and more. Third Eye Blind haven’t lost a single aspect of what made them a success in ’97, and they sure still know how to put on a show.

After the cut: Third Eye Blind’s set list.

Third Eye Blind Set List:
Everything is Easy
Wounded
Dopamine
Never Let You Go
Back to Zero
Motorcycle Drive By
Can You Take Me
Graduate
Rites of Passage / With or Without You
Slow Motion
All These Things / Can’t Get Away
How’s It Going To Be
Mine
Losing a Whole Year
Persephone (Partial)
Jumper
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Something in You
Semi-Charmed Life
Bonfire (clip)

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