3 Doors Down and Daughtry Combine Forces to Rock Massachusetts
When Loudwire caught up with 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold back in November, he told us that their co-headlining trek with Daughtry would be “a tour that is greater than all of its parts” due to the chemistry between the two bands -- he couldn’t have been more correct.
The rock explosion was scheduled to ignite Worcester, Mass., at the DCU center on Friday, Feb. 8 but Mother Nature had different plans. In the wake of the blizzard now known as Nemo and three feet of snow later, the tour finally made it into New England on Monday, Feb. 11 and was well worth the wait.
Daughtry took to the stage first kicking off their set with the title track from their 2011 disc ‘Break the Spell.’ A wide open stage set up allowed Chris Daughtry to bounce from one side of the stage to the other entertaining every inch of the venue from the front row to the rafters.
The band worked through a set list peppered with songs from all three of their discs, sticking mainly to the singles. Their show included a touching tribute to anyone that’s lost anyone too soon with ‘Gone Too Soon’ and the crowd completely taking over on vocals during ‘Over You.’
As promised by 3DD’s Brad Arnold, he made his way into Daughtry’s set, joining the band for a blues infused cover of Phil Collins' ‘In the Air Tonight,’ giving fans a little live taste of the chemistry between the two bands. (Check out a live version of the collaboration here.)
Next up, 3 Doors Down took the stage to close out the show. With close to 20 years as a band under their proverbial belts, 3 Doors Down is no stranger to the road and it shines throughout their live set. Their live show is the living, breathing proof of the time they’ve invested in their craft with a clean and inspired delivery of their rock anthems and monster ballads.
The release of their ‘Greatest Hits’ disc on Nov. 19 helped celebrate their five studio albums paying homage to their chart-topping songs and many of those songs made it into the set list for the evening. From ‘Kryptonite,’ the song that put them on the map to infectious tunes like ‘Loser’ and ‘Here Without You’ their set delivered hit after hit.
Daughtry fans knew it was in their best interests to stick around too, because Chris returns the favor and joins 3 Doors Down throughout the show. Hopefully the live collaboration will inspire the two bands to join forces on a recorded song or two in the future.
One unexpected surprise is that 3 Doors Down has been performing a cover of Megadeth’s ‘Symphony of Destruction’ throughout this tour. Giving a nod to metal classic, 3DD made the song their own showing off their broad range of influences. It also opened up a whole new world of possibilities, if they'll cover Megadeth, who's next?
At the end of the night both Daughtry and 3 Doors Down delivered solid sets of flawlessly executed rock. Who says rock is dead? Although the bands may cater to different crowds, the combination of the two together is likely to win over new fans for both bands making it a win-win for everyone. Check out the tour when it comes to a city near you, you can see the remaining dates here.
Photos of 3 Doors Down and Daughtry at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.: