Besides inadvertently injecting themselves into the current presidential race, the band saw WayHome as the perfect opportunity to introduce the brand of beach-bum philosophy that carried them to the top of the charts in the late '90s to a new generation of fans. Results, however, were mixed.
Playing to a surprisingly robust main-stage audience, they opened with "Faster," and wander through their catalogue before finally landing on "Never Let You Go." During the song's breakdown, frontman Stephan Jenkins gave a lengthy speech about "living for the moment" one of several ill-advised diatribes the singer engaged in during the San Francisco quintet's set.
The band have a surprisingly robust discography despite their reputation as a one hit wonder. They played each of their massive radio hits ("Losing a Whole Year", "Graduate") and even the deep cut "Motorcycle Drive-By" from that same self-titled album, but sprinkled them in between newer material from their other four studio albums — all of which seemed unknown to the crowd of 20-somethings. "Jumper" and "Semi-Charmed Life" were received rapturously. Songs from their latest, Dopamine, were not, giving the set a stilted energy, undercut by Jenkins hammy faux-sincerity that he felt was necessary to sell the band to the crowd. Bizarre snippets of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky' received similar shrugs.
Third Eye Blind's set was a rare case of a band delivering everything the audience wanted, yet still failing to truly connect.