Wednesday, October 31, 2001

311 on Holloween (2001)

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Rap-rock quintet 311 ended its two-month U.S. tour on a high note with a festive homecoming performance at the sold-out Universal Amphiteatre on Halloween.

Band members hit the stage in various costumes -- a firefighter, a G.I. Joe, a bearded wizard, a futuristic Uncle Sam, an armored monster -- and launched into more than 90 minutes of tracks from all six of their studio albums, with extra emphasis on "From Chaos", the band's most recent effort.

The 1997 alternative-radio hit "Beautiful Disaster," featuring Nick Hexum and Tim Mahoney on dueling harmonic guitars, was a crowd pleasing opener, followed by the party-minded "Freak Out," from 311's 1993 debut "Music."

Despite the band's ample back catalog, it was actually the newer songs that made the best impressions. The dynamic "Uncalm" and "You Get Worked" were powerful showcases for the band's fine-tuned onstage chemistry, while the beautiful love song "Amber" and uplifting ska-flavored single "I'll Be Here Awhile" showed off 311's versatility.

A midset drum solo during "Applied Science" by Chad Sexton turned into a band-wide drum circle at center stage, where opener Alien Ant Farm also joined in. Older, high-paced entries "Down" and "Feel So Good" capped the regular set in fine fashion, while 311's smoked-out cover of "Who's Got the Herb" signaled the three-song encore.

Members of opening-act Alien Ant Farm invaded the stage during the closing song and along with members of the 311 crew, covered the band and crowd with cans of Silly String while they performed the finale.