May 06, 2018
In case you didn’t get the memo, the theme this afternoon was nostalgia.
Just a hop and a skip away from one another, two quintessential 90’s groups were performing simultaneously. Third Eye Blind was at the Tire Kingdom Stage while Sublime with Rome performed on the Ford stage.
Dressed in dark colors and forming a semi-circle of instruments on stage, Third Eye Blind performed a mix of hits and new songs for a crowd of adoring fans. And it truly was a show just for the fans.
“We have no reason to be here whatsoever,” lead singer Stephan Jenkins said. “We’re supposed to be back in the studio making a new album, so we’re really just here because we want some inspiration.”
“We’re not on tour right now, so we’re not tight,” Jenkins warned. “But we’ve got the vibes.”
Jenkins was wrong. The alternative group sounded like they’d been on tour for months.
“You know, I had a sore throat and I was a little worried about today,” Jenkins told the crowd. “So can we make this a singalong?”
“West Palm Beach, make some noise,” lead singer Rome Ramirez told the crowd. “We got some Sublime fans up in the house? What’s the next song you want to hear?”
As the band, clad in cutoff muscle tees, leather studded vests and sunglasses broke out songs like “40oz. to Freedom,” the crowd roared.
When we caught up with Ramirez before the band’s set, he told us “the timeless music overall” is what lets the group withstand the test of time. And that sentiment proved itself as the audience took over for classics like “Santeria.”
Back at Tire Kingdom, Third Eye Blind mixed in some new songs, promising a new EP that will release next month.
“Springtime in West Palm Beach — lovely,” Jenkins said. “We’re meeting the nicest people here. I’ll be in this moment with you right now. You’ve just got to come along with me.”