Third Eye Blind – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ – July 5th 2018
Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks
There’s a new(ly branded) hotel in Atlantic City that was literally made for nights like these. It’s the brand new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the slotty slums of Dirty Jerz! We’re here for Third Eye Blind. They’re about to fly overseas to record a new record, but in the meantime they’re playing this pop up show in AC while they plug their new covers album “Thanks For Everything”, which features deep cuts from bands you’ve never heard of. I kid. There is a Queens of The Stone Age cover on there. Did I mention we’re in the 2nd row tonight? Yeah, it’s about to be a lituation up in here.
A camera man working the venue said the band was due on stage at 8:20. What kind of rock band hits the stage on time? So around 8:25 Third Eye Blind graces the stage to a resounding roar from the crowd. In all of the videos in this post it is highly suggested that you check out these dudes in the first row. First few minutes I was almost annoyed that they were being typical dude-bro-lads, drunkenly screaming and almost fist pumping.
As the show progressed, the first row got more and more rowdy. They’re not “dude-bro-lads”, they’re misfits who are ALL IN at this show. Every word, every strum of every bar was LIFE to these dudes. By the end of the night they had turned me. They made the night more fun. And the irony of me getting upset at someone for having their camera block the sight line of my camera was not lost upon this “concert archiver.”
Then, in a shocking turn of events, I abandoned my hard camera for my iPhone 7’s camera. I did this because I wasn’t in need of a serious zoom from our awesome seats, so the phone is lighter so I can kinda jive to the tunes and stuff and not have to hold my arm completely still and I can use that to bob and weave the flying fists in that rowdy roddy row.
Always a good time with the 3EB boys. The last couple times I’ve seen them at casinos with no opener and those shows have been such a blast. Also as an old person for a set to end at like 9:30 and be that rocking is exactly the happy medium I need right now in my life. Thanks to my lovely girlfriend for another awesome night of getting me to a show and getting you to read this. Full set list is below the encore.
Set List: Graduate, Faster, Wounded, Never Let You Go, Losing A Whole Year, 10 (Happy Diving cover), Motorcycle Drive By, Company Of Strangers, Jumper, Deep Inside Of You, Crystal Baller, Fuck Forever (Babyshambles cover), Dopamine, Semi-Charmed Life
Encore: How’s It Going To Be