Incubus isn’t exactly classic rock.

Whether they’ll make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an open question, even though they are in fact one of the most successful groups of the 2000s. And they’re not the band you conjure when you’re having debates about classic albums.

But for nearly two hours Saturday, Incubus worked through its 1999 album “Make Yourself,” and the packed house at the Orpheum Theater loved every minute.

When Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, José Pasillas, Chris Kilmore and Ben Kenney took the stage, they were greeted like they were the biggest band on the planet.

Maybe you’re not a fan. Maybe you don’t know them. But the fans standing in the rows of the theater grew up with “Make Yourself.” Mostly in their 30s — some older, some younger — they probably sat on adolescent afternoons playing the CD over and over and over again.

(Full disclosure: That’s what I did with that record. I was a big fan, and I’ll never forget seeing them at Westfair Amphitheater the following summer with 311, Stone Temple Pilots and others.)

As Incubus played the entire album from front to back, it was like hearing an old familiar story. You knew the twists and turns and surprises, but it was still fun to hear it again.d

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And that’s what’s cool about the album anniversary tour: Even though the record only had three big rock hits — “Stellar,” “Drive” and “Pardon Me” — every song was a hit to those of us who heard it a hundred times 20 years ago.

So when the band cranked into “Privilege,” everyone was on their feet.

It’s also the perfect album for Incubus to give the anniversary treatment.

Though it wasn’t their first hit, the band found its footing with “Make Yourself.” Its combination of rock and funk and grunge jelled there.

“We wanted to carve our own path,” Einziger said of the album.

And they did. There’s not another band quite like them. They’re not quite funk rock. Not quite hard rock. They have hip-hop elements, but they’re certainly not rap rock. They don’t quite fit with the alt rock of the time or the nu metal bands or the hip-hop/rock hybrids of the era.

So we spent an hour singing along as Incubus cranked through “Stellar” and “Out from Under” and “Clean” and “The Warmth” and even “Battlestar Scralatchtica,” Kilmore’s showcase of his turntable prowess.

“This is so fun. People don’t listen to whole albums anymore,” Boyd said. “But here we are, and we get to listen to this whole album together. Thanks for that.”

Not every band could fill an Omaha theater with fans of a 20-year-old record, but not every band has fans here from that long ago.

In Omaha, this was a crowd that had stuck with them for a long time. Boyd couldn’t recall the name of the small place they used to play back in the late ’90s.

“What was the place? It was small,” he asked.

“The Ranch Bowl,” Einziger said. “You had to be 21, I think,” to see shows there.

“We weren’t 21,” Boyd laughed. “My point is: Thank you guys for coming to see us back in the ’90s with our dirty hair and our baggy pants.”

After “Make Yourself” was over, Incubus cranked through a selection of favorites, including “In the Company of Wolves” and “Vitamin,” deep cuts that they don’t always play. So it was an evening full of treats for fans.

When Incubus finished its show with “Wish You Were Here,” the crowd really came alive to sing the final verse. Boyd let them carry it, and all five members watched with smiles on their faces as fans belted out the words.

“I can’t thank you enough, Omaha,” Boyd said. “Thank you so much!”


Photos: Incubus rocks Omaha's Orpheum Theater