About a month ago, I received an email from a girl named Robin informing me that she had won Grand Prize for a Beck's Beer contest. Her winning package included 3 days / 2 nights in San Francisco, round-trip airfare, and best, VIP tickets to 3eb's show at the Fillmore on 12-9. She told me that her boyfriend was going to make the trip with her but he was none too enthusiastic about seeing the band. Even though we had never met in person, she wanted to know if I would go to the show with her. I wrote her back and was like SURE! So, we made plans that I would show her around San Francisco the night before the show and then I would pick her up the night of the show to go. After spending a lot of money in San Francisco's shopping district, I think Robin may have regretted her choice to go out with me on Friday night because I drug her into EVERY single store then spent a LOT of time in dressing rooms. haha Seriously, we had a great time. Ok so fast forward to the night of the show. Robin and I got ready at my house and drove down to the Fillmore at 6pm. We arrived 15 minutes later and scored a killer parking spot right outside the entrance. There were only about 20 people and, much to my surprise, all over the age of 40. These were the prize winners, people. Robin and I met about 5 fans who recognized me from my website. A girl named Jill and a friend had flown in from New Hampshire (I think) who was really sweet. She didn't think they'd be able to get in because they weren't 21. Because there were so many contest winners, they split the pre-show meet and greet into 2 groups. Our group was going second, so we waited in the drizzle and cold until 7:15pm. At that time, one of the Beck's Beer representatives came out and guided us into the Fillmore and upstairs where the band was to meet with us. Finally the band came out and we talked with each of the guys. Here's some of the things Stephan and I talked about:
LOVES THE PANTS! I'm referring to the pants that the FANS
bought him for his birthday through this site. He told me that he really
thinks they are cool but that he had to get them hemmed and then
asked me if I could hem pants. *ahem* nope sorry - I can't even thread
a needle. Imagine MY surprise when he wore them during the San Francisco
show on 12/9!! Wanna see pictures?
Here's before I mailed them and here's Stephan wearing them! WOOHOO!
He even talked about them during the show - listen yourself in mp3 format!
says that he and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammit, both Bay Area natives,
are putting together an event to benefit the local Bay Area music
scene. Money raised will go towards a rehearsal spot for local bands
who are suffering from the dot com shakes. Don't worry, Stephan, once the
stock market takes a shit the dot com buildings will empty and the bohemia
will once again rule the foggy streets of Frisco.
thinks he's put on a few from his "love of pizza" so guess he
has the same
New Years resolution as the masses - lose a few and tone thyself. Here's a great gym, SJ!
got some personal fans over yonder at Napster - seriously.
He told me that one of the "big guys" at Napster wants to "do lunch" and talk.
Maybe when Napster moves to a monthly service fee model they'll cut us
3eb fans some slack and let the free downloads continue! That, or they want
to shut down "this blondijen character" who's the most popular 3eb song
download house on Napster. tee hee OOPS! :o)
and I were discussing some Christian influences in 3eb's songs,
as I have just completed the Left Behind series. After our discussion,
he encouraged me to read the book Jesus' Son.
wanted me to tell you all that the movie he's in,
now called "Rock Star," will be in theatres April 13. 3eb will be recording
a song for the movie's soundtrack. No word yet on the tune.
has written and produced a track called
"Rock Show" with Run DMC for their new album Crown Royal
that is due out on 3/6/01. LISTEN NOW! (real audio)
Stephan says it's being played in NYC and LA already.
He also told me that Arista hates the song but that he
wanted to do something hip-hop more than the hardcore
rap/rock that's so popular these days because he's personally
sick of it. You're not the only one, SJ! :0)
has recorded Johnny Cash's song "Cry, Cry, Cry"
(real audio clip of original) for the Sun Records Tribute Album
that's due out in Spring 2001.
have been asked to play on an upcoming Paul McCartney
tribute album and, because he's such a big fan, Arion's picking
out which tune the band will cover!
says he's currently digging on music like Shaggy's
"It Wasn't Me," Bay Area band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
(consisting of members from former bands Idiot Flesh and
Charming Hostess) and Jah Rule.
|Contrary to earlier reports, 3eb is NOT releasing any more songs from "Blue." :(|
Stephan was really sweet and gave Robin and me after-show passes so we could continue our conversation. We left backstage, we went downstairs and to the stage. It was before doors had opened to the public so we had first pick at where we wanted to stand. We took front and center of course. :)
The show ROCKED. It was sooo good. Here is the set list (in order as played):
02. 10 Days Late
04. Never Let You Go
At the very end of Jumper, Brad throws his drumsticks into the audience. Well, it hit me smack on the forehead and so I caught it and stuck it down my pants for the remainder of the show so no one would try to steal it. Thanks for the bruise, Brad! hehe
07. Horror Show
09. Losing A Whole Year
Stephan said that LAWY is about a spoiled rich girl in Bernal Heights (an SF neighborhood)
Stephan said "this song has been played live only a few times" and it became a "big hit on Napster"
11. How's It Going to Be
Stephan talks about the pants the fans gave him for his birthday and ends with "Thanks very much for being our fans". Listen to his comments on the pants in mp3 format!
12. I Want You
13. 1000 Julys
14. Motorcycle Drive By
15. Semi-Charmed Life
17. Deep Inside of You
18. God of Wine
After the show, we went backstage again and waited for the band. I delivered a bunch of Christmas cards to each band member, which they were stoked to receive.
Pictures from the show
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