When I was 17 years old I spent the summer before my senior year of High School living in California. A year or so before that Third Eye Blind released their self titled record. I had, of course, heard "Semi Charmed Life" but it wasn't until that summer that I listened to the rest of the record. And I became obsessed. I listened to it a million times over the course of that summer. I cannot say that I have listened to every record of theirs (although I am pretty sure I have), but I have listened to that first record more times than I can count. And 20 years later it is still one of my favorite albums.
The funny thing is, over the last couple of years 3EB have played near my house more than once. Every time they were here I was booked for something else so I never got to photograph or even see them. But finally, a couple weeks ago, they brought their "Summer Gods" tour to PNC Bank Arts Center. I was looking forward to this show for months. Not only was I finally getting to see them play, they were playing that self titled record front to back to celebrate 20 years of that record.
Silversun Pickups opened up the show and they were honestly fantastic. I have never paid a whole lot of attention to the band, but I was impressed. The crowd was super hyped and it really set the stage for the rest of the night.
If you don't know, as a concert photographer, you typically shoot the first three songs. That is the general rule. Sometimes you don't even get that. There was a little confusion about me shooting the show when I got there, but livenation worked it out with the crew. Not only did 3EB's team make sure I had my photo pass, they told me I could shoot the whole show.
The production was outstanding, some of the best I have seen in a while. I shot the whole show, singing along with the 15000 others.
I still have a long summer of shooting left to go, but I know that this show will be one of the highlights for me. Hearing those songs live for the first time reminded me about why I love music so much. It made me remember a summer a long time ago when I was living in California, trying to figure out who I was going to be, not realizing that I didn't have a clue.