Coming Down from the 3eb High
As Third Eye Blind fans, we are all familiar with the roller coaster of feelings we experience before, during, and after a show.
The first feelings we experience are the climb of the roller coaster ride, the excitement and anticipation of seeing our favorite band in person. We purchase our tickets, plan who we are going to go with, when we are going to leave, what we are going to wear, and what merch we are going to buy. The night of the show comes and the anticipation and excitement build. We leave extra early for the show to attend sound check, meet and greet, or just wait by the tour buses hoping to catch a glimpse of our favorite guys. We make our way into the venue and find our favorite place to view the show. For many of us this means making our way into the pit and up to the rails, for others it means sitting in the balcony so we can view the entire venue. The lights dim and the roller coaster ride reaches its apex. We sing, dance, embrace, and get lost in the music. At this point, the music transports us to a place and time where nothing else matters except what is happening in the room. The positive vibes surround us, we are all united in our love for the music and Third Eye Blind, and we are riding a 3eb high!
Then, like the roller coaster ride, it all ends. The band plays the encores, takes a bow, and leaves the stage. Many of us will stay after the show hoping to get a set list or autograph, or buy some last minute merch, but then the time comes when we have to leave the venue and return to our everyday lives. We spend the next few days or weeks looking at any pictures or videos we took, connecting with other fans on social media about the show, and enjoying our new merch; but gradually the high and vibes of the night begin to fade. On social media we may see other fans attending shows across the country and begin to feel pangs of jealousy and sadness; especially if we know we are not able to attend any other shows this tour. On the other hand we may come down from the high unexpectedly with it hitting us all at once. For me personally, it took about a week for the high to fade with feelings of melancholy hitting me suddenly.
After the last show I attended during the “Fall of the Summer Gods” tour, I was hit especially hard. I was so excited for the show and had an amazing time. This was the first show where I made my way into the pit, sang my heart out with other fans, and experienced Third Eye Blind on a whole new level. After the show, I was happy to share my experience with other fans via social media, I was able to connect to fans who were at the show with me, and made some new friends. However a week later, I was hit with a wave a melancholy. At first I wasn’t sure why I was feeling down, but then I realized that a week prior I was on my way to the show, and now was settling back into everyday life and coming down from the 3eb high.
I reached out to my 3eb family and was happy to realize that I am not alone in this experience. I received support and advice from the members of Lifestyle and Bonfire. Members of my 3eb family told me I just have to “ride the wave” of emotions, or plan my the next show I am going to ASAP, and others told me they felt the same way, but that “staying connected” through Lifestyle and Bonfire helps get them through. While it saddens me that I will not be going to a show anytime soon, I am fortunate enough to have found like-minded people who I can commiserate with, and who share my love for Third Eye Blind. Through them and with them I am able to keep the positive 3eb vibes going, and live vicariously through their concert experiences. Together we keep the 3eb high going!