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On the Road with 311

Anne Erickson
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07.11.2014

311 first brought their innovative and intense rock-reggae-rap hybrid to audiences in the ‘90s with riff-heavy, funky songs such as “Down,” “Beautiful Disaster” and “All Mixed Up.”

“We had such a passion and spirit of fun about making music, and maybe that came across in our shows,” frontman Nick Hexum told Gibson.com. “People would have trouble describing us. They would say, ‘You guys are so tight,’ but I think they were getting at the energy we had on stage.

Nick Hexum by Anne Erickson

“We had such energy and joy for what we were doing, and that was different from a lot of the bands coming from a place of anger and rage. Ours was more of a wild celebration.”

Today, 311 tote eleven studio albums in their 25 year discography.

The Omaha, Neb.-bred guys also just announced their 311 Caribbean Cruise IV, a four-night cruise from Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship Norwegian Pearl from Feb. 25 to March 1, 2015.

On the cruise, 311 will perform three concerts, each featuring a different set and one featuring the band’s 1999 album, Soundsystem, performed from front-to-back. The band says this is the first time they’ll ever perform the album live in its entirety. Also expect to hear songs off 311’s latest album, Stereolithic, which arrived in March.

Gibson.com caught up with 311 at a recent Michigan show, and as always, frontman Nick Hexum was slinging a variety of Gibson models on the stage.

Hexum told us he has three new Gibson guitars in his arsenal.

“I have the ES-330, ES-335 and ES-355, and they all pretty much look the same, but I’ve been playing the 335 a lot lately,” he said. “I have a lot of Gibsons in my collection!”

Nick Hexum by Anne Erickson

311 opened the show playing “Beautiful Disaster” off 1997’s Transistor, an instantly recognizable song with dueling guitar solos and honest lyrics. Hexum brought out his shiny, bright red Flying V for the track.

When asked why he prefers Gibsons, Hexum explained, “The feel, the tone, the look, the whole package.”

Check out some exclusive photos from the evening here.

Photos by Anne Erickson

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