Third Eye Blind set to play Coachman Park June 10

Third Eye Blind set to play Coachman Park June 10

As part of the Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road series, Third Eye Blind performs June 10 at Coachman Park in Clearwater.

CLEARWATER – Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road will present Third Eye Blind on Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m., at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater.

Tickets start at $25.25. Special guests Silversun Pickups also will perform.

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Third Eye Blind is on the road for the Summer Gods Tour, visiting 31 amphitheaters across North America including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New Orleans.

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For the first time in their storied history, Third Eye Blind will play their debut album, considered one of the great rock records of all time, in its entirety, as part of a night of music including their latest, “We Are Drugs.”

The band was everywhere in 2016. “We Are Drugs” hit iTunes top 5 alternative records. They sold out numerous headline shows and set attendance records at 2016 summer music festivals worldwide including Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Tokyo’s Summersonic and UK’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Third Eye Blind have continually trended, making headlines in the political arena with Stephan Jenkins’ hold-nothing-back opinion pieces and trolling of the RNC. The band also recently landed on national headlines during a surf session when they were filmed by paparazzi while rescuing a group of kids caught in a rip current off the beaches of North Carolina. This lifeguard incident came with a special twist, as it occurred after the band had just performed a benefit show in support of the NC Transgender community’s efforts to defeat the HB2 legislation.

They’ve made appearances for charitable organizations such as Make Room, children’s hospitals and PETA. Jenkins also is a strong supporter of the Jimmy Miller Foundation.

“We have always had that punk ethos of ‘say what you mean no matter what’ and ‘show up when you are needed,’” said Jenkins in a press release promoting the tour. “I think that is more true of us now than ever. We haven’t gotten soft at all.”

The release of the “We Are Drugs” EP is the next chapter in Third Eye Blind’s legacy – a fully-realized body of work that incorporates the band’s perfect pop sensibility with an ever-present progressive intent. Jenkins utilizes his characteristic rhythmic vocal style and lyrical prowess on issues of identity, connection, isolation and authenticity while keeping a sharp eye on a culture in rapid change.

Third Eye Blind continues to write, record and tour, while growing a larger, younger and more dedicated fanbase than ever. 2017 is where Third Eye Blind shows gratitude for 20 years and counting. They are a band focused on the future though, so look for surprises leading up to The Summer Gods Tour.

Third Eye Blind represents the “rock” part in Summer Rock Tours – no sequencers, no backing tracks, they make something true, transcendent and passionate every night.

“We are all about fostering a feeling of aliveness and connection,” said Jenkins. “That’s why we have the summer vibes, because our heat comes from being alive and in the moment and you can only get it when you are willing to keep it real. No one can create the vibes we do fronting over a backing track.”

Third Eye Blind seeks to foster a festival environment so they have invited a group of like-minded friends including very special guests Silversun Pickups, who is among the most dynamic and creative rock bands of the modern era, hailed far and wide for their inimitable merging of ethereal melodies and pure sonic force.

“Better Nature,” Silversun Pickups’ fourth studio album was released in 2015 via the band’s own New Machine Recordings. Produced by Jacknife Lee and mixed by Grammy winner Alan Moulder, “Better Nature” is a revelatory manifestation of a band entirely in touch with the muse and each other.

Current band members include Brian Aubert, vocals and guitar; Nikki Monninger, vocals and bass guitar; Chris Guaniao, drums and percussion; and Joe Lester, keyboards, guitar, samples and sound manipulation.

From the indie rock-opening salvo of 2005’s “Pikul” EP to 2012’s far-reaching “Neck of the Woods,” each successive release has seen the Silver Lake-based band boldly venture into uncharted terrain, bravely pushing their imagination and ability toward new and surprising summits. Their 2009 album “Swoon” featured the Billboard Hot 100 hit “Panic Switch” and earned the group a nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards that year.

“Better Nature” marks the debut release from Silversun Pickups’ own New Machine Recordings. The label allows the ever-autonomous band to fully determine its own course without any interference.

“This record is as indie as it gets,” Aubert said. “Maybe we’re crazy, but at the end of the day, it’s really not that different than before except we have more control.”

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