Third Eye Blind at The Louisville Palace in Louisville, KY 03-APR-23

Third Eye Blind treats Louisville with a memorable eveing in long awaited return.

A beautiful spring like afternoon in the Commonwealth greeted concertgoers to the iconic Louisville Palace Theater for what promised to be an epic evening with Third Eye Blind.  It was all the way back to 2015 at the Brown Theater and the Dopamine album tour when Louisville last had an opportunity to see Third Eye Blind and judging by the buzz in and around the theater no one was going to miss tonight’s show. Third Eye Blind is coming off a yearlong milestone tour celebrating the 25 year anniversary of the bands 1997 self-titled debut album which featured hit singles “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper”.

Walking into the theater, fans caught their first glimpse of tonight’s stage set-up with its multi-level ramps and a backdrop adorned to imitate a forest type setting with sticks and steel bars of varying elevations further enhancing the vibe and feel of the evening. There was not a scheduled opener tonight and the long set-list promised an almost 2 hour evening with Third Eye Blind.

As the house lights dropped, the guys casually walked on stage and were greeted with a huge roar from the near sold out venue crowd. Third Eye Blind front man Stephan Jenkins, in an all-white outfit, was clearly identifiable on the heavily backlit and fog infused stage as the guys rolled into the opening songs of the evening, “Can You Take Me” from the Ursa Major album along with “1000 Julys” from 1999’s Blue album and “Graduate” from the bands self-titled debut album. The pent-up energy and enthusiasm of the crowd was palpable as seemingly everyone was on their feet singing and dancing right from the opening chords of “Can You Take Me”.

Tonight’s set was broken up into three distinct “acts”. After closing the first “act” with a soulful rendition of “Wounded” the guys gathered front and center stage for what ended up being an amazing and intimate acoustic set beginning with “I Want You” from the Screamer album. Taking a quick moment to address the crowd, Stephan shared how thankful he is to be performing for everyone. Additionally, he mentioned that this tour was supposed to be in support of a new album, but he hasn’t finished the lyrics for several of the songs and they wanted to do something special for everyone.  The almost 45 minute acoustic set also featured “To the Sea,” a cover of The Outfield’s mega hit “Your Love” before ending with “The Background”.

It was back to the big, main stage for the final act of the evening which included 3EB fan favorites “Jumper,” “Crystal Baller” and the band’s mega hit “Semi-Charmed Life”.  “How’s It Going to Be” was the lone encore song this evening, closing out a memorable evening in a great way and leaving fans happy and satisfied.

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