Interview: Chris Reme
This week’s Expert, Chris Reme, has #MadBlindLove for seeing live music. In the interview, he shares some amazing show stories. In one of them, you’ll see why the Fall of the Summer Gods is a must see! And his pictures- I was just blown away by them.
BELLA WOLF: How did you discover the band’s music?
CHRIS REME: This is going back 20 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 11 years old and with my brother and we walked into a music shop inside a local mall. They were playing the self-titled album. The song that was playing was "London" and that's when I absolutely fell in love with that song, that album and of course the band. I made my brother buy me the CD.
What was the best concert you attended? Or your favorite?
CR: My favorite 3eb concert must be the November 8th, 2013 show, because that's the night I met Mr. Jenkins & Brad! The set list blew my mind because they opened up with Losing a Whole Year, played songs like Non-Dairy Creamer, Water Landing, Horror Show. And what was so cool is that this was one of the first times Stephan ever played Say It. My favorite Show I ever went to that's not a 3eb show is Jack White’s, from the White Stripes; he played at Madison Square Garden in NYC on January 30th, 2015. I'm a big Jack White Fan.
I know you attended a Fall of the Summer Gods show recently. What was different or special about this tour?
CR: The summer tour was, of course, very special to all of us because it represents 20 beautiful years of the bands legacy, but they played in big venues. The fall tour and the show that I recently went to, in Asbury Park, NJ, was special because Stephan Jenkins loves being in Asbury and, for some reason, I love when they play in smaller venues. Of course, I love how he mixed the set list up with a combination of old, new, very new, popular and songs that the band doesn't play that much.
What is your favorite piece of merch or concert souvenir?
CR: My favorite souvenir is a set list that both SJ and Brad signed. It's in a nice frame with SJ's guitar pick.
What’s your dream set list?
Slow Motion, Thanks a Lot, Red Star, Say It, Bonfire, London, Company of Strangers, Deep Inside of You, Danger and a drum solo by Brad. The encore would be My Hit and Run, Sharp Knife and God of Wine.
One of your favorite things to do is go to concerts. I noticed that you’re a fan of Phish. I remember that their concerts were thought of as like a modern Grateful Dead, where fans followed them and created a community. Do you feel that Third Eye Blind fans have kind of done the same thing?
CR: Yes, I do, because of course Grateful Dead fans call themselves the Dead Heads, and Phish fans kinda took that and called themselves Phish Heads now. With Third Eye Blind, I kinda feel like we all come together as one big family. It doesn't matter if you’re white, black, or a different religion- we all come together as the 3eb misfits.
Do you have any other stories you’d like to share?
CR: Yes, the first 3eb story takes place on May 5th, 2012. Me and my friend won tickets to see 3eb at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We had time to waste before the show, so we walked around outside and saw the tour bus. The door was open and we peeked inside. We didn't see anybody, but we did notice someone was watching CSI Miami. We walked around, saw five guys walking past us. So, of course, being in Atlantic City, I already had couple drinks inside of me. So, I chased them down and started talking to them. That was the first time I got to meet Third Eye Blind. The next 3eb story takes place on November 8th, 2013. I hopped on a train from Point Pleasant, New Jersey to Penn Station, in New York City. I walked to Irving Plaza for 3EB's Inner Circle, which meant I got to see their sound check and how they do the lights for every song, Stephan Jenkins told old stories about the band and what's it like to be a musician. I got my pictures taken with SJ and Brad. Then I was in the front row for one of the greatest 3eb shows ever.