This post is far overdue, sorry for the delay!
I am a HUGE 311 fan. They have been my favorite band since I was in 8th grade--for 15 years now. When I run into people that I haven't seen in years, one of the first things they ask me is if I still love 311. Yup!
I see them every time they tour, which usually means driving around Southern California seeing them in one city one, then in another the next night. For my fellow SoCal friends, or those who are familiar with this region, Irvine and San Diego are the shows I attend.
For the past decade they have been hosting 311 Day in New Orleans (with one show in Tennessee). Every two years people come from all over the world to see 311 on 311 Day, which is March 11...3/11. Also known as "fan appreciation day" according to the band, the shows never disappoint. In 2008, there were concertgoers from 15 different counties. Seriously.
(Steph and me)
This year the show was moved to Vegas so I had to go. I was thrilled that my pal, Stephanie, of Thoughts from Cali, joined me!
Held at The Mandalay Bay, the show went on for five hours and consisted of 60 songs. Pretty amazing. Even more impressive, the band had no opener and only took four 10 minute intermissions. I couldn't even stand for five hours, I have no clue how they performed with high energy that entire time!
(Our view of the show)
Everyone was so excited to be there. Fans wore their band gear all weekend and made sure to stop and speak with you, or at the very least, yell "311!" when they would see you were there for the show.
If you are unfamiliar with 311, here is a little history. They have been around for about 20 years. The five guys that make up the band are all from Omaha, Nebraska. Their sound is a mix of rock, rap, and reggae. The message behind the music is unity, and they close every concert with the words, "Stay positive and love your life."
(Me in my new band shirt after the 5-hour concert)
311's biggest hits are "All Mixed Up," "Beautiful Disaster," and "Amber." They also remade the Cure's "Love Song" for the movie 50 First Dates.
Here is a video for your enjoyment. This was my introduction to the band. 15 years ago I saw this video and was hooked from then on. And it didn't hurt that the lead singer, Nick Hexum, is HOT! He's the blond guy haha ;)
This summer they are out on tour with The Offspring and Pepper. I highly recommend you catch a concert if they are in your area! They put on an incredible live show. Check out the Unity Tour 2010 schedule.
Photos courtesy of: 311.com