I’ve fallen a little behind on these as concert season has slowed down a bit and wedding season is in full swing but I’m going to try and post them more consistently!
On Wednesday June 28th, I saw Third Eye Blind at Echo Beach in Toronto. This was a special show for me. The band is on their Summer Gods Tour, celebrating 20 years since their release of their debut, self-titled album, and an album which has meant a lot to me over the last 17 years.
I was 10, the album had already been out for 3 years but my sister was getting in what I called a “grunge” phase and had picked up this CD from Music World at our local mall. (Shout out to Music World, where I first went to discover new music). She was 16 now and was moving out to live with my dad and was leaving a lot of her stuff behind. So I took it upon myself to take some of what I thought were the cooler items; like her plaid shirts, chain wallet and one CD, because I liked the cover. After she left I finally had a room to myself, after sharing it with her for so many years, I put the CD in the stereo and laid on my bed and listened to it from start to finish.
It wasn’t until I saw that same album performed live 17 years later that I realized what a pivotal moment that was for me. This band and that album changed the music I listened to and started the mould of the person I’d become. Their music got me through some of the toughest times and songs like Semi-Charmed Life and Jumper would be on playlists for years to come. The friends and memories made to these songs are unforgettable. When my car stereo died last year and all it would play was CD’s from start to finish, it was the first album I grabbed. It’s practically perfect, I have so many favourites it would be easier to say the only song I didn’t like at first was London but even that has grown on me. The Background, Narcolepsy, God of Wine, Motorcycle Drive By… seriously, so many good ones.
I was eagerly anticipating this show. Keeping my fingers crossed for months because I didn’t want to miss it. Luck was on my side and our approval came through! I arrived at Ontario Place, memories from my childhood flood back, despite it being a shell of what it once was. I got my pass and we were escorted to the pit through the anxious crowd. They range from 20 to 40 somethings eagerly awaiting the forthcoming wave of 90’s nostalgia.
We got in the pit and a big black curtain gets raised in front of the stage. The music begins and lights cast silhouettes of the band as they take the stage on the raised platform behind the black veil. The curtain drops as they open with Weightless as Stephan’s suit lights up with the beat of the music. The best part was they didn’t play any songs from their first album until after I got out of the pit so I could watch the whole show and sing my heart out to every word.
I almost wish we were allowed to photograph the whole show, even from the crowd. The lighting was so much better during the latter half of their set. The raised platform was actually covered in LED’s and THIRDEYEBLIND appeared in giant lights behind them, plus the CN tower was in the background! I still can’t believe how many people there were, and so many singing along to every word of the songs. I was pretty far back but I still enjoyed every minute of it. I haven’t been to a show like that in a long time. It reminded me of when I was a teenager waiting to see my favourite bands and experiencing that euphoria all over again. I took some videos but unfortunately WordPress won’t allow me to upload them, i’ll try and put them up on youtube and maybe link them below.
Seeing them live after so long sort of brought things full circle for me. I laughed, I cried and had one of the best nights of my life. I honestly can’t express what It was like to see them and this album performed live for the first time.
Thank you Third Eye Blind, for everything.
All photography by myself, Joanna Glezakos. Please do not share or post without proper credit.