Throwback Thursday announcement: ’90s alt-rock San Francisco band Third Eye Blind has a new album out June 16. Hear a track or two of Dopamine when the guys kick off the concert season at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre (Livenation).
Of course they’ll perform the hits we know and love like Semi Charmed Life, Jumper and Graduate, according to lead singer Stephan Jenkins. But don’t expect the playlist to be planned out beforehand.
“There’s this fabulous disorganization about us,” Jenkins says of his bandmates. “We kind of look at each other on stage and say, ‘What’s going on? What are we doing?’ ”
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“One of the great things about social media is that it brings us into direct communication with our audience, so I’ll get messages on Twitter, and I can find out what people want to hear. So Miami — hit me up.”
Even though the guys hit fame with their first album Third Eye Blind in 1997, Jenkins notices younger faces when he looks out in the crowd.
“I see, like 17- to 27-year-olds rocking out in the audience,” he says. “I guess that’s a testament to our music’s longevity.”
Could be the group has kept its pulse on what’s hot on the charts. In May, they released a video of a cover of Beyonce’s Mine, which premiered on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s official blog.
“We don’t do covers much,” says Jenkins, 50. “But I liked Mine a lot. It had a real freedom and vulnerability to it. I just started strumming it on the guitar and found this simple song underneath the camouflage of the production. We posted it on YouTube for free and people seemed to really like it.”
Jenkins was pumped to come to Miami to check out the outdoor concert venue — and for other reasons as well.
“The humidity in Florida is great for my voice. It’s not dry like Utah or Denver, which are just bummers. Ugh,” he says. “There will be no excuse for my vocal performance.”
As for down time: “I actually just got a new surfboard, and I’m going to try to find a nice little swell.”