I was a huge 311 fan when I was younger. They were one of the first bands I ever really loved. They were definitely, I believe, the first band t-shirt I owned. I can still rattle off full verses of songs from their first couple albums (Music and Grassroots, represent, y'all!). "I'm taking it to the bridge and it's a different country, I'm bringing with me the people I know deep down are funky." Who could say what that means, but it's ingrained into my consciousness.
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At some point I realized that liking 311 was most assuredly not "cool" and I (eventually) moved on. But it's not like there isn't some palpable twinge of nostalgia when I tell you that they're coming to town on July 12 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, along with Ziggy Marley and the Expendables. It's the "Unity Tour 2009," and if I had to guess, I bet most of the uniting that day will be over jazz cigarettes. On sale this Saturday at 10 a.m., and I'm having a dickens of a time finding prices, but 311 fans tend to be pretty loyal, so why sweat the details?