3 Doors Down Storms Through Town
By Randy J. Klodz
The Grammy-nominated Mississippi-bred rockers 3 Doors Down made a Chicago
stop on their “Away From the Sun World Tour” at the sold-out Congress Theatre
and gave the fans a one-two punch of previous hits from 2000’s breakthrough
album “The Better Life,” and what are sure-to-be hits from November’s “Away
From the Sun.”
3 Doors Down—which now includes singer Brad Arnold, guitarists
Chris Henderson and Matt Roberts, bassist Todd Harrell and touring drummer
Daniel Adair—have received two Grammy nominations for “When I’m Gone,”
and showed fans that they will not let success go to their heads. The gracious
Arnold made sure to thank the fans after every one of the songs in the band’s
set, which included 17 songs, showcasing 3DD’s ability to be a successful
rock band yet not forgetting the reason of their popularity: their fans. After
all, the show was initially scheduled for the intimate confines of the House
of Blues, but was quickly rebooked to the larger, more spacious Congress Theatre,
to accommodate the rapid ticket sales.
Arnold even asked the sold-out crowd to participate with vocal duties
during such hits as “Kryptonite,” “Be Like That” and “Loser,” with the results
putting an “Aw, shucks” grin across his face. The crowd sang and didn’t stop
until the last note.
But Arnold wasn’t as successful during the low-key “Away from the Sun,”
a song that Arnold said, “Means a lot to me, and I hope you like it,” but
the album by the same name has only been out since November. Given time, the
fans should memorize every lyric to the album, as “When I’m Gone” has set
the charts on fire, with its patriotic, inspirational theme and catchy choruses.
During that song, a fan in the front row of the Congress Theatre handed Arnold
a large American flag, and he raised it proudly, much to the delight of the
Arnold also announced that the next single to hit radio may be the up-and-down
groove heavy “The Road I’m On,” which should give fans a hint that 3 Doors
Down is going to be more than a one-album wonder. Fans even went crazy when
the members of 3 Doors Down exited the stage leaving new drummer Adair alone
on stage. There he put together a rousing drum solo with lights splashing
on the orange meteor backdrop with the band’s logo emblazoned upon it.
Theory of a Deadman opened the show, offering a mix of songs that resembled
Nickelback and Puddle of Mudd. The U.S. portion of this tour was scheduled
to end on Feb. 22 in Texas. The European leg kicks off on Mar. 14. For more
information on 3 Doors Down, or the remaining dates of the tour, be sure to
check out www.3doorsdown.com.