We’ve Found Our People: For The Love Of Our Little Tribe
Written By: LIZETTE MCMILLEN
Tasha Boldt is a name you may be familiar with. She is an active member of the 3EB community both on Facebook and Twitter. She also worked with me last month on an article about how 3EB has affected her life for the better and what it meant to her to be able to attend the San Diego Summer Gods Tour stop on July 21st (You can read that story HERE *trigger warning*). After that article was done, there was always the intent of doing a follow up and show review about her experience in San Diego. We’ll be getting to that soon, but first, some incredible things happened after Tasha’s story was written and this all became so much more...
Tasha was only able to attend the San Diego show due to the generosity of her best friend who purchased their tickets. She was looking forward to the show for months and was excited to know that the guys would be reading her story prior to the show. Tasha is an artist and not only wanted the guys to know how they have helped her through the years, but also she wanted to present them a painting.
Meanwhile, Bella, a member of our Lifestyle staff, had changed plans and decided to forego the San Diego date due to time constraints and other logistics of road tripping to multiple shows. She had posted in several Facebook fan groups trying to sell the tickets with no luck.
Days before the San Diego show, I wrapped up my article on Tasha and posted it for editing with our Editorial staff. Bella read the story and knew immediately what she needed to do with her tickets. A survivor of domestic violence herself, Bella had an instant connection with Tasha through her story. She also knew how important this show was for Tasha not only for the love of 3EB and the emotional healing it would bring her, but also because she is currently fighting cancer and this show was literally the chance of a lifetime. She felt for her and wanted to give her a gift. She explained to Emma, her 9 year old 3eb die-hard daughter, how much the tickets would mean to Tasha. With Emma’s blessing, I linked her up with Tasha and she transferred the tickets over.
Tasha wanted to take her sons, but none of them were able to make it. She tried to take her sister, who was also unable to make it. Then the stars aligned and, in a surprising kismet sort of way, Tasha was reconnected with a childhood friend, someone she hadn’t had contact with in 32 years who was available and able to attend the SD show.
I myself attended the Vegas and Berkeley tour dates, so it was a few days before I was able to talk to Tasha about her experience. I wanted to know how it went, that it was everything she had hoped for, because it was a very special event in her life and so much had gone into her being able to go. Below is what she sent me about her experience:
“I have been wanting to share my 3EB experience from the July 21st show in San Diego! What can I say except it was the most healing, magical night of my whole life!!!! Even though I was so sick (fever, flu) I danced, laughed, and bawled my eyes out! I met amazing people and was reunited with a childhood friend I hadn't seen in 32 years – all thanks to a fellow expert!!! I swear it was just me and the band in that venue!! SJ made eye contact and sang just to me!! I was able to toss my painting on stage and it landed at his feet during MDB! I was so close I could feel his and the bands beautiful energies! I could hardly stand but the music and the love gave me the strength I needed that night!! If I could freeze time, that would have been the moment! When SJ started playing Wounded, I felt his genuine empathy for me! Knowing he and Brad had just read my story meant so much to me! They knew me, that wounded little girl! That in itself healed so many deep wounds!!! I can't thank them enough for that amazing night!! We are made of lions!!!!!!”
There was so many layers of beautiful things that happened to make Tasha’s special night occur. First and foremost, her strength to stay standing through everything she has faced and faces even now. She is one fierce woman and I admire her deeply for sticking it out and rising above. Then, the gifts of her friend and from Bella in a time when Tasha needed that healing moment at the show but could not have done it herself. It’s really been an honor of mine to both help get her story out as a means of helping her to heal and be empowered, and also to be able to share stories like this with the band so they know that they are making a difference in people’s lives. They are not just entertainers, but real people with a real effect on their fan base. So, thank you to Tasha for trusting us with your story, opening up your life to us, and healing with us. Thank you to Third Eye Blind for sharing your talents with us and helping stories like this take place for so many of us. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and interacted with us at Lifestyle so we can make this all happen and build up this community. It’s a real privilege to be part of this Mad. Blind. Love.
If you have a fabulous story from tour (or any point in 3eb history) that you’d like to share, please contact us here! We’d love to hear from you!