Candlebox – Thursday, July 14 at 5pm
Kevin Martin – Guitar and lead vocals
Peter Klett – Lead guitar
Sean Hennesy – Rhythm guitar
Adam Kury – Bass
Scott Mercado – Drums
Candlebox formed in Seattle in late 1990 just before the grunge movement from that city took over the world with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Singer/guitarist Kevin Martin and drummer Scott Mercado originally called the band Uncle Duke, but after guitarist Peter Klett and bassist Bardi Martin joined them in 1991, the band changed their name to Candlebox. With the help of a demo and the fact that the Seattle scene was so hot at the time, the band signed to Maverick Records in 1992. The following year they released their self-titled debut album and released the single “Change.” While the song didn’t break the band, it did start to build momentum by reaching #18 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The follow-up, “You,” did even better by hitting #6 on the Mainstream Rock chart and even more importantly earned MTV airplay on its way to reaching #78 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song that introduced them to the masses was the third single, “Far Behind.” Behind even stronger MTV rotation, the song reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped the album reach #7 on the chart while selling over 3 million copies. A fourth single, “Cover Me,” reached #8 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The band even landed a coveted spot at Woodstock ’94. Despite this success, a second album, 1995’s Lucy, did not sell as well. The first single, “Simple Lessons,” was able to reach #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart but didn’t crack the Hot 100 chart. A second single, “Understanding,” continued the slide by only reaching #19 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The album’s final single, “Best Friend,” failed to chart at all. The album did eventually reach gold status. Mercado left the band and was replaced by original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen. In 1998, the band returned with Happy Pills. Despite having three singles reach the top 20 on the Mainstream Rock chart, led by “It’s Alright” at #2, the album did not sell as well as their first two albums. Krusen left and was replaced by Ugly Kid Joe’s Shannan Larkin. Partly due to disagreement with Maverick Records, the band took a break in 2000. The hiatus would last until 2006 when Rhino Records released a greatest hits album, which prompted the original members, along with rhythm guitarist Sean Hennessy, to reunite for a tour for the first time in 10 years. Bardi Martin would again leave to be replaced by Adam Kury. In 1998, the band would release a comeback album, Into the Sun. The album would debut at #32 and the single “Stand” would be their first song to chart in 10 years when it reached #15 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The band continues to tour behind Into the Sun and will be making their first appearance at Moondance Jam.
Mainstream Rock Hits (Billboard Hot 100)
1993 Change #18
1994 You #6 (#78)
1994 Far Behind #4 (#18)
1994 Cover Me #8
1995 Simple Lessons #5
1995 Understanding #19
1998 It’s Alright #2
1998 10,000 Horses #13
1999 Happy Pills #17
2008 Stand #15
Album Chart Positions
1993 Candlebox #7
1995 Lucy #11
1998Happy Pills #65
2008 Into the Sun #32
Did You Know?
The band originally went by the name Uncle Duke.
The name Candlebox comes from the Midnight Oil song “Tin Legs and Tin Mines.”
Dave Krusen, original Pearl Jam (this writer’s favorite band ever!) drummer on the album Ten, was a member of Candlebox from 1997-99.
He was replaced by Shannan Larkin, who had been a member of Ugly Kid Joe.
Larkin is now the drummer for Godsmack.
In 1995, Candlebox recorded “Steel and Glass” for the Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon.
The band’s “Glowing Soul” was featured on the soundtrack for Adam Sandler’s movie The Waterboy.
The video for “Understanding” was directed by filmmaker Gus Van Sant.
During their hiatus, Kevin Martin fronted the band The Hiwatts.
In 2010 the band performed for the US troops in Kuwait and Iraq.
The band has performed several times on the Late Show with David Letterman.
The band’s debut album has sold over 4 million copies.
Overall, the band has sold over 6 million albums.
The band’s bio on their website is written by legendary rock writer Lonn Friend.
Martin and Hennessy are also part of the band The Gracious Few, with former members of the band Live.
May 14, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Fl:
8.Breathe Me In
16.A Stone's Throw Away
September 9, 2009 (Listen or download it at http://www.archive.org/details/candlebo ... 2cd.flac16)
Underneath It All
Breathe Me In
Into the Sun
August 22, 2010 in El Paso
Underneath It All
Breathe Me In
Candlebox’s early success coincided with my late college years, a time that I was very much into the music of the day. I couldn’t get enough of the grunge era ushered in by Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Nirvana. The sound they brought had never been heard before and I was hooked. Of course, this movement also wiped out most of the bands I loved from my high school years, but that discussion is for another day. A second wave of bands like Bush, Collective Soul, and Candlebox followed the grunge era and I embraced them as well. I owned Candlebox’s first two albums and I saw them live a couple times, with their best show being at our local radio station’s festival in front of over 20,000 fans. Although not as popular, I liked them even more than Moondance Jam 19 performers Collective Soul. However, like most bands of that time period, their success was short lived. Thankfully many bands from that time are now finding an audience and returning to the road as well as the studio. Listening to Candlebox again has helped me remember not only a great time in my life but also a phenomenal era of music. I remember constantly watching MTV (when they actually played music), midnight release parties for new albums (Pearl Jam Vs. album was the first I remember), and going to watch a local cover band play the music I loved (Dudn’t Matter was the band’s name, and their shows were the easily best nights of my college years). Those were the days! Listening to Candlebox has taken me back and I can’t wait to see them on the Moondance Jam stage to relive those days at the best venue in the world with fellow jammers.
Far Behind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpiiZaZ9xp0
Cover Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rylxEYmSDQ
Simple Lessons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZprrMm56W1E
Blossom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnncQcwU ... re=related
It’s Alright http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4d0Tyt4Vz0
10,000 Horses (Live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wCLqaWzJmE
Happy Pills (Live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGtE1xqP ... re=related
You (Live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n71XbRgC ... re=related
Far Behind (Live on Letterman) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KjtZFT8TBQ
Far Behind (Live 2006 in KC) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOMnzq4adE