[For more photos from Saturday's show see Jena Ardell's slideshow "311 at The Grove of Anaheim".]
Where: The Grove of Anaheim
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!
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.
"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.
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!
All (re)Mixed Up
Plain (w/ jam intro)
Do you right
Beyond the grey sky
Applied Science (w/ drum solos)
What Was I Thinking
PNUT bass solo
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