Live Sounds: 3 Doors Down / Daughtry Review

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On July 16th, 2013, I took a 4 hour plus trip to Canandaigua, NY to the gorgeous CMAC concert venue to see opening act Halestorm with co-headliners 3 Doors Down and Daughtry. I’ve seen 3 Doors Down once before back in ’05 and Daughtry once before back in ’07. I was impressed with both of them enough to make this long hike to see them again.

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When we got to the venue we were surprised to find out there was another opening act, Bad Seed Rising. Consisting of 4 kids, 11 to 15 years old, hailing from Maryland, Bad Seed Rising features Francheska, 15, on vocals and guitar, Mason, 13, on guitar, ‘Iron’ Aiden, 11, on drums and Louey, 14, on bass. It’s always nice to see the younger generations appreciating true rock music. They’ve definitely embraced their love for 80’s music in their sound. I have to say, these kids were a pleasant surprise and I look forward to watching them progress towards something great.

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Next up was 2013 Grammy Award winners for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Halestorm. A band I hadn’t yet seen live, but was definitely looking forward to. They played 10 songs in their setlist, which included ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’, ‘Freak Like Me’, ‘Familiar Taste of Poison’, ‘I Miss the Misery’ and their current single, ‘Here’s to Us’. Lzzy Hale’s voice is amazing and she definitely fits into this dominant boy’s club of rock. The member that stood out most for me was Arejay Hale, the band’s drummer. His energy, even behind a drum kit, was infectious. At a couple of points during the set, he could be seen standing on top of his drums. I’d love to see these guys as headliners and see what kind of show they could put on, I bet it’d be phenomenal!

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3 Doors Down, a band who’s been a steady force in the land of rock for almost 15 years was up next. Frontman Brad Arnold definitely seems to be in his element on stage, smiling from the opening song to the last. I’d also say he has one of the best voices in the business. Their setlist closely resembles their greatest hits CD featuring ‘It’s Not My Time’, ‘Loser’, ‘Here Without You’, ‘Kryptonite’ (with Chris Daughtry) and ‘When I’m Gone’. They’re a great live sounding band who appears to sincerely be having a great time performing for their fans. The addition of Greg Upchurch (Puddle of Mudd) on drums and Chet Roberts on guitar really solidifies an already solid band.

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The finale, an ex-American Idol contestant, (Chris) Daughtry took the stage with the crowd already worked up and he definitely kept them there. Performing all the fan favorites, he had fans singing and dancing along to every song. ‘Outta My Head’, ‘Feels Like Tonight’, ‘In The Air Tonight’ (Phil Collins cover with Brad Arnold), ‘It’s Not Over’, ‘September’ and ‘Home’ are just a couple of songs he played on this night. I couldn’t pass up mentioning that Chris’ charisma and stage presence was amazing and some of the best I’ve witnessed.

The show was definitely well worth the 8 hours total I spent in a car to see it. I felt like I was at a show with 3 headliners and all 3 were just great. I’d check them out again in a heartbeat! Make sure to catch the tour when it comes near you! For more info on tour dates, check out 3 Doors Down website at 3doorsdown.com/events.

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