Interview: Lisa Branca-Murphy
Our Expert of the Week this week is Lisa Murphy, who shares how Third Eye Blind helped her through a most challenging time, and what she thinks is the greatest thing about being a 3eb fan.
Thank you, Lisa, loved learning more about you!
Janelle Morrow: Third Eye Blind fans are all ages and some are brand new and some have been there since day one. How long have you been "in the blind?”
Lisa Murphy: I have been a fan of the band since the beginning. My husband heard Graduate on the radio. My husband was and is very much into alternative/indie music and went right out and bought the CD. It became one of our favorite bands. We bought all of the CD’s as they were released.
JM: If you got to have a sit down (non-date) meal and conversation with any member of the band, who would you choose?
LM: All of the guys are extremely talented and I think would be very interesting to talk to but I would have to say that I would choose Stephan. I would love to just pick his brain on different things. I know he is a very private person and does not like to talk about himself but I would like to find out about things he likes to do outside of music. I would also like to ask him about his process for writing lyrics. It would be fun just to talk the night away with some drinks and talk about whatever comes up.
JM: Have you had a major point in your life that 3eb has helped you through it and how?
LM: In 2015 I had major back surgery but had complications. I developed a severe infection after the surgery. Because of these complications I was in and out of the hospital for 3 months and had a total of 3 different surgeries. To fight the infection, I had a temporary IV catheter placed in my arm so that I could receive IV antibiotics for three months to clear up the infection. I was left with a loss of nerve function to my left leg and foot which has caused some limitations in some of the physical activities that I can do. During this time music was a large part of what I did to pass the time. I listened to Third Eye Blind a lot during these three months. Their lyrics had a new meaning for me and made me feel that I was not alone. The band help me through one of the worst times in my life and I am forever thankful.
JM: Is there one particular 3eb concert that stands out to you from all the others? Why?
LM: I know this is the easy way out but all of the Third Eye Blind concerts I have been to have been special to me. I guess the one that stands out the most is the Indianapolis concert on the Summer Gods Tour in the summer of 2017. It was at a state park and was a very small venue. Our seats were up very close. Before the concert we were standing at the barricades that were in front of the tour buses. This venue was so small that the tour buses and semis were right in back of the stage and in plain view of the crowd. We were standing there before the concert with a few other people. Brad came up to the barricade and signed a couple of vinyls but said that he had to go but would come back and sign anything that we wanted after the show. After the show I thought there would be a lot of people waiting for a chance to take a picture or get an autograph. To my surprise there were only about 6-7 of us waiting. Brad came back out as he had promised. I was able to get my picture taken with him. He was so nice! Then I saw Alex Kopp. I yelled for him to come over and he graciously came over and I was also able to get a picture with him as well. We were then hustled away by security. It was a totally unexpected opportunity and one that I will always remember.
JM: How many performances have you seen or watched approximately?
LM: I have been to 5 concerts to date. I was so excited to see each one of them. I cannot wait to see what festivals they will be playing this summer. I love traveling to see the different concerts.
JM: What is the greatest thing that being a fan has brought into your life?
LM: The greatest thing that being a fan has brought into my life is meeting so many great people that also share the same passion that I have for the band. It is so great to go to concerts and not know anyone and leave with so many new friends. I also cannot thank the band enough for all of the times that their music has gotten me through a rough time in my life.