311 at The Grove of Anaheim: Live Review and Photos of their Sold-out Show

Nick Hexum of 311.
Nick Hexum of 311.
Jena Ardell

[For more photos from Saturday's show see Jena Ardell's slideshow "311 at The Grove of Anaheim".]

What: 311

Where: The Grove of Anaheim

When: 2/21/2011

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Fans caught glimpse of lead singer Nick Hexum's daughter Echo, who seemed eager to step out on stage, before 311 performed to a sold-out crowd at the City National Grove of Anaheim on Monday night.

Hexum and his wife are expecting daughter #2, due in late April.

Opening for 311 was Tears of Joy, a band formed by Jason T. Walters, who manages 311's studio 'The Hive'.

Walters's raps were reminiscent of old skool 311 and focused on positivity, an unjust legal system and getting high.

Lyrics from "Mic Check" (Say, who do I think I am? Who me, well, I'm the S to the H.I.T.) were a tad cringe-worthy, but once "Need to Get..." hits mainstream audiences, it's bound to become the next college anthem. Now's your chance to learn the lyrics and say you discovered them before everyone else!

S.A. Martinez of 311.
S.A. Martinez of 311.
Jena Ardell

311's Tim Mahoney joined Tears of Joy on stage to perform "To the Fullest", delivering his usual infectious enthusiasm and killer guitar riffs.

It was easy to spot 311 tattoos, autographed tee shirts and longtime fans while navigating through the packed venue. 311's über-loyal fanbase is known to follow the band across the United States, in hopes of hearing their favorite songs and rarities perfomed live.

One staple fans are guaranteed to experience at every show is a drum solo led by Chad Sexton during "Applied Science", during which the entire band joins, drumming in unison.

311 is currently working with producer Bob Rock on their tenth studio album to be released before summer 2011.

311: Proving the radio's weak and the shows are more fun since 1988.
311: Proving the radio's weak and the shows are more fun since 1988.
Jena Ardell

"That was a damn good show, I feel like tour has fully begun and we're out to kick a whole hell of a lot of ass," bassist PNUT tweeted yesterday.

PNUT, always a crowd-pleaser.
PNUT, always a crowd-pleaser.
Jena Ardell
311, you wanna connect to them. His name is Nick H-E-X-U-M.
311, you wanna connect to them. His name is Nick H-E-X-U-M.
Jena Ardell

 

311 is sounding better than ever during this current Unity Tour, thanks to Scotch Ralston, who returned to the 311 family as their front of house sound man.

Only one week remains before fans boarding 311's Caribbean Cruise get an opportunity to meet the band; attend two 311 concerts; and enjoy onboard shows, comedians and activities during a four-day cruise from Miami to Turks & Caicos.

If you're not one of the 3,000 attendees cruising with 311 on the open sea, don't fret--I'll be your onboard eyes and ears, capturing the happenings of the biggest 3-11 Day extravaganza to date!

311 fans jamming out in the pit.
311 fans jamming out in the pit.
Jena Ardell
Beautiful Disaster guitar solos.
Beautiful Disaster guitar solos.
Jena Ardell
Tim Mahoney is fun to watch during live shows.
Tim Mahoney is fun to watch during live shows.
Jena Ardell
Epic Nick kick.
Epic Nick kick.
Jena Ardell

Setlist:

 

Beautiful Disaster

Homebrew

Come Original

Offbeat Bare-Ass

1,2,3

All (re)Mixed Up

Plain (w/ jam intro)

Do you right

Beyond the grey sky

Freeze time

Applied Science (w/ drum solos)

Flowing

Galaxy

Prisoner

Rub-a-dub

What Was I Thinking

PNUT bass solo

Nutsymptom

Amber

Jackpot

Down

Encore:

Who's Got the Herb? (w/ extended ending)

Creatures

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