Wednesday, March 15, 2006

the most underappreciated band ever?

this is always somewhat of an interesting topic of conversation because some people are fanatics of bands that most other people dont really like that much. there is a Fox Sports Grill opening tomorrow pretty close to where i live and this past monday night, they had a pre-opening concert. the band was Third Eye Blind, of whom i love. i consider them one of my favorite bands and think they are perhaps the most underappreciated band of our generation.

this Fox Sports Grill is very similar to George Brett's Restaurant in Kansas City if you have ever been there. Fox Sports is a competitor of ESPN and probably has seen the success of the ESPNZone in assorted places across the country, so they decided to open a few sports restaurants and see what happens. i heard about this concert the Friday before on The Ticket (radio) so i pretty much did everything possible to get tickets to the show. it was free, but you had to call some third party and just kinda hope they would leave you some tickets at will call. well, i ended up going up there to the restaurant and talking with a manager and got a call over the weekend saying that she could leave me a few tickets at the show. i was pretty pumped that Third Eye Blind would be playing a show like this and had to get there somehow. i really wanted to invite a few people up for it (my brother being #1 since he loves them too) but i had no idea how many passes i would get, if any at all. i didnt even know until the evening of the show how everything was going to work out.

regardless, the concert was greatness. my wife went with me, which was so much fun since she knew almost all the songs too and i love when she goes to concerts with me. we were about 10 or so people back from the stage, i would guess there were 2,000 people there but i really have no idea. they put on a great show, with great tunage and i loved it.

upon telling people about this concert, i realized that i think i only know 3 people who are truly fans of this band and know songs other than their radio hits. most people think of "semi-charmed life" or "how's it gonna be" when they think of this band, but they are so much more than that. if you have not listened to them much, i encourage you to get their most recent album titled Out of the Vein, or get their first one if you dont have it already. i cannot think of another band who is underappreciated more than Third Eye Blind. here is a short list of bands i think more people should get into...

1. third eye blind
2. ben folds
3. everything but the girl
4. stroke 9 ("little black backpack" is far from the best of this band)
5. guster
6. damien rice (the album "O" is a must own)

if these bands arent in your collection, you might consider adding them.


At 3/15/2006 06:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Have you heard of Bob Schneider? I just discovered him. Just curious -interesting blend of rock & folk.


At 3/15/2006 07:00:00 AM, Anonymous Smelly Finger said...

I am a huge fan of Ben.

At 3/15/2006 09:21:00 AM, Blogger said...

Completely agree Mike.... T. Walker and I have been huge fans of 3EB for some time now and Out of the Vein f-ing rocks. Also I would have to say that they have competition for most underappreciated band ever with Foo Fighters.

At 3/15/2006 09:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your friend sharon there might be a bit behind the times - most people "discovered" bob in 2001 when "lonelyland" first came out...

At 3/22/2006 02:05:00 PM, Anonymous Al Pal said...

others necessary that you preview por favor....

kings of leon (good pump up/excercise rock)

minus the bear (few bands achieve the calibre of greatness they have)

velvet underground(you'll like it)

buena vista social club (a-m-a-z-i-n-g)

west indian girl (good background music)

jeff buckley (for damien fans)

mutemath (just good ok?)

and lastly, may have heard their number 1: "du hast"

At 3/22/2006 02:52:00 PM, Anonymous Al Pal said...

'friad i left one out...
beulah....just have some trust


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