311 Discuss Big Crowds, Picking Tourmates & Their Blind Fan Ben

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311 was on Best Shared Live with Bacardi, where they talked about the huge crowds they received on tour with Sublime with Rome, getting to handpick the bands they’d like to see live to go on the tour, kicking salad onto their audience one time during an encore, their loyal and blind fan Ben being one of the more inspirational stories and music they’ve been listening to lately. Watch the interview via YouTube below.

311 Allow Themselves A Lot Of Freedom Writing ‘Universal Pulse’

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311 bassist P-Nut talked with the Across The Board radio show the other day. P-Nut discussed the new album ‘Universal Pulse’ being “a musical snack that no other band can offer”, having no expectations from the audience of a sound when making the first record and how that’s obviously changed since then, his favorite bassists and his thoughts on the Lakers.

“What I think we found on this album in the writing process is we allowed ourselves a lot of freedom,” P-Nut explained. “We weren’t really interested in writing something that would cross over, as much as something that would please our audience. I think that’s what works best for us, when the band in an album cycle goes three singles deep, and there’s something that a lot of people can really get into, and there’s something the audience is gonna go apesh** for, and the third one has a little bit of both, that’s when we sell a lot of records. That’s when we get people exited. People have to get used to what we do, because we are such a mish-mash, and it really is a natural thing for us, we don’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s throw these two styles together.’ It’s just, when parts change, we like the mood to change, and then a lot of types it will be a genre shift.”

Listen to the 37-minute interview via YouTube below.

Nick Hexum Backstage At Block Party ’09

Kevin Manno of Chicago’s Q101 interviewed Nick Hexum of 311 at Block Party ’09, talking about the band’s new album ‘Uplifter’. The disc enjoyed its highest chart position ever on Billboard, debuting at #3, wich Hexum partially attributed to Bob Rock helming the project. Asked what he brought to the table, Hexum responded that Bob through out the band’s normal rulebook and “shaked things up.” Watch the interview below.

On TV: Pearl Jam, 311, Taking Back Sunday

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Rock acts on television this week include:

Pearl Jam, who perform on the debut of ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Monday.

Green Day, who perform on ‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC) on Tuesday.

Taking Back Sunday, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Tuesday.

Perry Farrell, who appears on ‘The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos’ (CBC) on Wednesday.

Lissy Trullie, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ (NBC) on Wednesday.

Doves, who perform on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (NBC) on Thursday.

311, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Thursday.

Chickenfoot, who perform on ‘The Tonight Show’ (NBC) on Friday.

311 Perform In West Palm Beach

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311 and Matisyahu performed in concert on Tuesday (July 17) at Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida. Check out pictures from WireImage. Watch fan filmed highlight clips from YouTube.

311 Excited To Hit The Road

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311 checked in with fans on their blog at Myspace on Monday (June 11), ahead of the band’s tour kicking off in Tucson on June 21st. “Bring on the summer! I can’t wait, so many shows, so many great American cities, such great musick,” P-Nut writes. “I can’t wait to feel the energy, this shared collective of positive thoughts and good people, all coupled with musick and summer nights. Thanks for helping us turn our concerts into events: tailgating, meeting up with friends before the show in general and making a day of it, what could be better? You never know what’s going to happen at a show. I met my wife while playing Baton Rouge, and we’ve made friends the world over because of this musick. Keep an open mind and these nights might change your life. The revolution is hear.” Comments from the other members and the tour schedule at MySpace have since been removed.

On TV: Audioslave, Fall Out Boy, 311

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With about every show in reruns this week, rock acts on television for the week are virtually all on Saturday for New Year’s Eve, though on Tuesday, Audioslave and Fall Out Boy appear on ‘Daily Download’. MTV’s New Year’s Eve party features Fall Out Boy, and The All-American Rejects, while Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2006 (ABC) features 3 Doors Down and 311.

On TV: 311, Fall Out Boy, Nada Surf

Rock acts on television this week include We Are Scientists, who perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday; ‘American Idol’ season four runner-up Bo Bice, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Tuesday; Nada Surf, who perform on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Wednesday; Fall Out Boy, who visit ‘Total Request Live’ on Thursday; and 311, who perform on ‘Last Call’ on Friday.