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Music has no boundaries and nothing epitomizes that more than 311 and their sound. The band has been part of the music fraternity for just a shade under three decades now and in that time they have made fans all over the globe. They have been making great music for a long period of time now and you do not last this long in the industry if you don’t have something special about you.
311 have got some very special performances lined up for their fans and one of those will see them take the stage at the Marquee Theatre on New Year’s Eve. They also plan on performing quite a few live dates in 2018 as well. Now it doesn’t get any better than this if you are a fan of this incredible band. Grab your 311 concert tickets and watch them live.
Nick Hexum used to be a part of a concert jazz band during his school days. He also spent some time with a few local bands based in his city of birth, Omaha. By the time the late 1980s rolled into town, Hexum had decided it was time for him to shift to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of becoming a musician.
A couple of years after that, he was asked by his friend Chad Sexton to return home and start a group. That group turned out to be 311. They began their journey in the year 1988 and Hexum realized very early on that the only way they could make it work was by coming out with albums.
In order to do that, he formed a recording company and named it What Have You Records. They started off by releasing an extended play titled “Downstairs” in 1989. A year later, they came out with “Dammit!” another independently released record. They followed that up by coming out with two more independent releases “Unity” and “Hydroponic.” They decided to re-locate to LA a while later and then signed with Capricorn Records in 1992.
The First Two Studio Albums
311 then released their first studio album “Music” in the year 1993. One of its singles Do You Right went as high as the twenty seventh spot on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The record however failed to chart and 311 then went on a tour. They hit the road in an RV while towing a Volkswagen bus. The RV caught fire on the trip and the band members had to jump through the fire to make it out of the vehicle. Their equipment wasn’t so lucky and got burnt. 311 did not cancel the tour and performed the scheduled dates with borrowed equipment.
They released their next studio album “Grassroots” on July 12, 1994 and it went on to peak at the eighth spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. The record received four and a half stars out of five from AllMusic and eventually went gold in the US five years later.
The Big Breakthrough
311 then went to work on their next album and the result was a self-titled studio album that was released on July 12, 1994. “311” received four stars out of five from AllMusic. The record also went to the top spot on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums and to the twelfth position on the US Billboard 200. It also contained three very successful singles, Down, All Mixed Up and Don’t Stay Home. The album was eventually certified three times platinum by the RIAA by virtue of it selling more than a whopping three million copies.
311 were big stars all of a sudden and that resulted in them appearing on popular television programs like “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”
More Success Beckons
311 spent a big chunk of the next two years on the road. They released their next album “Transistor” in August of 1997. It went on to debut at the fourth spot on the US Billboard 200 and contained three hit tracks. The album sold over a million copies to earn platinum certification from the RIAA. The next year, 311 released a live album titled “Live” and a compilation record that was named “Omaha Sessions.”
Their next studio album was titled “Soundsystem” and it hit the music stores on October 12, 1999. The record peaked at the ninth spot on the US Billboard 200 and was certified gold in the US. Two of its tracks Come Original and Flowing went to the sixth and the seventeenth spot on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts respectively. The former also reached the thirty ninth position on the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
311 then came out with “From Chaos,” their seventh studio album on June 19, 2001. The record peaked at the tenth spot on the US Billboard 200 and was certified gold. Three tracks from the album, You Wouldn’t Believe, I’ll Be Here Awhile and Amber went to the seventh, fifteenth and thirteenth positions on the Modern Rock Tracks chart respectively. From Chaos was the band’s second straight gold certified record.
311 Tour Tickets
311 have released half a dozen albums since From Chaos, with the last one “Mosaic” coming out on June 23, 2017. It was a huge critical hit that received four stars out of five from AllMusic and four and a half stars out of five from CrypticRock. It also received “highly favorable” reviews from the likes of Alternative Nation and the Rock Cellar Magazine.
They have just ended their tour in support of Mosaic but that does not mean that their fans will not get to see them live. The band will soon hit the road once again to headline a few special concerts. If you want to see them take to the stage live, then book your 311 tour tickets now.