But if you go see Candlebox on Sunday in Tampa, it’ll be mostly a different band. Three of the current members — drummer Dave Krusen, lead guitarist Mike Leslie and rhythm guitarist Brian Quinn — were not part of Candlebox at the time. Krusen, who drummed for Pearl Jam on their first album, was in Candlebox in the late ’90s for a while, and he rejoined in 2015. Leslie and Quinn came on board that same year.
But what matters most for most Candlebox fans is that frontman Kevin Martin is still heading Candlebox. He co-founded the band in 1990 and has been its singer for its entire career, which was interrupted by a hiatus of about five years in the early 2000s.
Candlebox caused a sensation with its first album, “Candlebox,” which came out 23 years ago this month and went platinum. Its follow-up, “Lucy,” was also a huge hit. Subsequent releases haven’t done quite so well, but most have posted respectable sales. “Disappearing in Airports,” which was released in April, so far has stayed in the lower echelons of the charts.
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The band, which also includes Adam Kury, the bass player since 2007, will be performing at a venue called District 3 in downtown Tampa. It’s a space designed for a variety of events, and this is one of the first rock shows it has hosted.