Dan Siebold

JACK FM’s 13th Show @ FivePoint Amphitheatre – 10/14/2018

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311 @ FivePoint Amphitheatre – 10/14/2017It just wouldn’t be the end of an amphitheater season without the return of JACK FM’s annual party. This year’s installment—JACK’s 13th Show, returned to the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Sunday October 14th with the station that “plays what they want” putting together another eclectic lineup that included Third Eye Blind, Stone Temple Pilots, Neon Trees, Everclear, Alien Ant Farm and for the second straight year, 311 as the evening’s headliner.

A party atmosphere was evident from the parking lot all the way into the venue as rock and roll fans from throughout Southern California helped nearly fill the Orange County venue early for the opening act, Huntington Beach’s Alien Ant Farm. Known best for their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”, the band kicked off the proceedings at 5pm sharp with an abbreviated 40 minute set that included “Bad Morning”, “Forgive & Forget” and “Movies”— a memorable hit from their 2001 platinum selling album Anthology.

Incorporating the revolving turntable stage once again this year, the music basically flowed non-stop during the entire 5 hour plus show.  Following AAF, Art Alexakis and his mates from Eveclear delivered a ‘greatest hits’ set of 8 tunes that included “So Much For The Afterglow” and “Everything To Everyone” early. One of the biggest alternative acts from the 1990s, the band had the crowd feeling nostalgic with a strong 4 song finish of “Father Of Mine”, “Wonderful”, “Santa Monica” and “I Will Buy You A New Life”. Although Alexakis has replaced everyone (but himself) from the original Everclear lineup, the classic tunes are still comforting to the rock and roll masses.

Everclear Photo Gallery

The first true ‘wild card’ act on the bill, Utah’s Neon Trees followed Everclear and proceeded to win the crowd over with an energetic 10 song collection that included many of their Top 40 hits. The jazzy “Lessons In Love” (originally made popular as a remix with Kaskade) and “Sleeping With A Friend” kick started the set—eventually leading into their #1 Alternative Hit from 2011, “Animal” and a perfect cover of The Human League’s iconic “Don’t You Want Me”. Lead singer Tyler Glenn professed his teenage infatuation with all the bands on the bill, gushing over the fact that the band was honored to be on a bill with all the other bands.

Neon Trees Photo Gallery

Fresh off their recent show last month in San Bernardino as a tri-headliner on the Revolution 3 Tour (with Bush and The Cult), Stone Temple Pilots made a thunderous entrance—rollin’ out onto stage with a duo of classics, “Wicked Garden” and “Vasoline”. The quartet (now fronted by Jeff Gutt) used smoke and moody lighting to create a seductive rock and roll setting. The former X Factor runner up carries many of the same mannerisms of the band’s former lead singer, Scott Weiland. Sticking to their comfortable, definitive collection of hits, the DeLeo brothers (Dean on guitar & Robert on bass) are still the defining staple of the band. “Big Empty” and “Interstate Love Song” still have the same sentimental feel, even without the vocal command of Weiland.

It is hard to find many acts from the 1990s that have replaced a lead singer not once—but twice that are still relevant in 2018. The band played two new singles “Meadow” and “Roll Me Under”, both off their second self-titled album that was released this past March. “Dead and Bloated”, “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart” and “Sex Type Thing” closed their portion of the show on a definite high note.

Stone Temple Pilots Photo Gallery

Behind a wall of stage fog, Stephan Jenkins and his bandmates from Third Eye Blind emerged immediately following STP…keeping the party going and not letting down from the bar that had been just set. Opening with a classic, “Graduate” the first few songs were dimly lit as smoke filled the amphitheater stage.  The San Francisco-based band made sure to incorporate their biggest hits into the set, most of which came off their 1997 self-titled debut album. “Jumper” and the 11 song set closer, “Semi-Charmed Life” were clear fan favorites.

Third Eye Blind Photo Gallery

With five down and one act remaining, the stage was set for the evening’s headliners—311. The band, in their 30th year together made a triumphant return to the JACK FM lineup once again—just 12 months ago they headlined JACK’s 12th Show. Festival setlists are always a little different for 311 as they typically stick to their greatest hits collection as they play to the casual crowd that may not necessarily be familiar with their full catalog.  The first four songs made sure to hook any fan that was looking to leave the venue early. “Come Original”, “Do You Right”, “Don’t Stay Home” and “All Mixed Up” are all recognizable by an informal alternative rock fan.

Lead singer, Nick Hexum was his usual active self as he leapt around the stage while he interacted with bassist Aaron “P-Nut” Wills and guitarist Tim Mahoney. They breezed through a career-spanning 16 song set that also included “Beautiful Disaster”, “Flowing” as well as their cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong”.  With a looming venue curfew, the band squeezed in three final songs that included the mega hit “Amber”, “Creatures (For A While)” and the eventual concert closer—“Down”.

311 Photo Gallery

The meandering radio station that prides itself on playing diverse music once again threw a great party. JACK FM once again compiled a solid lineup that entertained fans all while benefiting TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), which was selected once again to receive a portion of the night’s proceeds.

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