By: Nevra Azerkan
Rating: [The Breakdown]
The last time that I saw 311 was three years ago on their Unity Tour and they were amazing. This time, they were playing two shows at The Roxy before they went on their Caribbean Cruise. As you can imagine 311 playing a show at a smaller venue is insanely unheard of, but luckily quite a few bands have been jumping in on this trend. No complaints here.
The moment I stepped into The Roxy I knew people hadn’t taken long to get the party started and I’m sure all you 311 fans know what I mean. It was packed, as predicted, and the crowd was starting to get rowdy while waiting for the band to get on stage. But once it happened, it was on. Nick, SA, P-Nut, Tim and Chad gave it their all and they sounded fantastic. There wasn’t much chit-chat because they had to fit in a ton of tracks, but that didn’t take away from the show.
The awesome part was they played 25 of their songs. The downside was they had two different set-lists for Day 1 and Day 2 of The Roxy with no repeats. Had I known this, I would have definitely made sure I got into Day 1. Their set-list for Day 1 had more of their well-known hits instead of just a few like on Day 2. Obviously if you are a hardcore 311 fan then it probably would not have mattered. I love the music these guys play, but clearly I have my favorite songs and I heard about 3-4 of them versus most of the set-list on Day 1. I get what they were trying to do, but I can tell you most of the people who attended Day 1 did not also attend Day 2.
Overall, 311 put on a massively energetic show and they sounded just as great as the first time I saw them. Had it not been for the set-list I would have rated it much higher. In all honesty if I had paid the $50 ticket price for this show I would have left extremely disappointed that I didn’t get to hear some of their biggest hits. Next time guys, stick to one set-list and include all the crowd favorites and then some. That aside, even after all these years they still know how to rock.
The full set-list included (in order): “Freeze Time”, “Random”, “Omaha Stylee”, “Strangers”, “Hey You”, “Flowing”, “Grassroots”, “Who’s Got the Herb?”, “Don’t Tread on Me”, “Continuous Life”, “Applied Science”, “Count Me In”, “Sick Tight”, “Sunset in July”, “I Like the Way”, “Prisoner”, “Down”, “8:16 AM”, “I Told Myself”, “Don’t Stay Home”, “Stealing Happy Hours”, “Jackpot”, “Creatures (For a While)”, “Plain” and “Feels So Good”.