“Doot doot doo doot da doo doo”. If you came of age in the 1990s you inevitably sang those doots, probably along with several other friends, as Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” played everywhere and all the time. Standing the test of time, the band took the stage this past Sunday in St. Augustine, Florida in support of their new album Dopamine, which is scheduled for release June 16th.
The crowd was amply prepped by Augustana and Dashboard Confessional, the openers for this tour, and were on their feet as the headliner’s notable intro began to play. Third Eye Blind mounted the stage with Stephan Jenkins illuminated by the spotlight as the first notes of “Graduate“ wailed through the air. Sporting high top converse sneakers and his classic swagger, Jenkins had the audience worshiping at his pulpit. Over the next hour and fifteen minutes Stephan, Kryz Reid, Alex Kopp, Alex LeCavalier and Brad Hargreaves treated the crowd to old favorites as well as new songs from Dopamine. The setlist included hits like “Jumper”, “How’s It Gonna Be”, and “Never Let You Go”. The band also rocked their latest single “Everything is Easy“ and a cover of Beyonce’s “Mine”, which can be downloaded for free on Third Eye Blind’s website.
The show came to a close way to soon for this concert junkie who had become lost in the moment. After a brief exit the band returned for their encore which concluded with the influential “Semi-Charmed Life.” The house was on their feet, right hands in the air, testifying to their high priest as he took them back in time. For a moment I forgot I was 41 and had to hurry home to a teenage daughter; at that moment I was 23 and “The sky it was gold, it was rose I was taking sips of it through my nose and I wish I could get back there, some place back there………”