Posted on 6/7/2012
3 Doors Down took the Nashville, TN stage on Wednesday June 20th at the Bridgestone Arena as the middle act on the Gang of Outlaws Tour (along with Gretchen Wilson and headliner ZZ Top). Concert Blast was invited to cover this show, so Mike Arnold enjoyed the evening coving this event. Enjoy Mike’s blog review of 3 Doors Down. Special Thanks to Samantha Shrader for helping us with the photos!
Written by Mike Arnold
This was my first time to see 3 Doors Down in concert. Tom Thompson and Brian Hasbrook saw them once before at Riverfront Park in Nashville and I was scheduled to see them with Switchfoot in Atlanta, but as sometime happens in this business, names are removed due to having too much media coverage… and we were removed a few days before the concert. This time around I was thrilled to finally get the opportunity to enjoy their show and share it with you!
Lights hanging off of two posts on the front corners of the drum kit were shinning red and white across the stage with the huge video screen across the back of the stage displayed the graphic of ‘3DD’ as the intro music played. The drummer led the band members to the stage as they began the first song of the night, “Time of My Life”. Lead singer Brad Arnold (no relation… that I know of) walked out to the front and center of the stage dressed in blue jeans and a t-shirt (as did the other members of 3 Doors Down) belting out the song to the delight of the head-bangers in the crowd. 3DD transitioned their first song directly into the second song, “Duck and Run”. The video screen displayed various colors of graphic art and flames throughout the number.
The band came to a stop as Brad Arnold said, “Thank You Friends, God Bless You!” which is what he said after nearly every song. The show continued with “Away From the Sun” while the video screen displayed broken stain glass. It was now time for “The Road I’m On” which showed the video of the song on the screen featuring NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhart Jr. and Tony Stewart racing down streets.
The beginning guitar riffs of “Be Like That” received immediate screams of approval from the approximately 7,500 in attendance followed by another favorite, “Citizen/Soilder”. At this point in the show, every song had the crowd yelling and mouthing the words along with the tunes. Three clicks of the drumsticks introduced “Loser” and three hits of the high-hat brought the intro to one of my favorites, “Round and Round”.
As their concert continued, the larger the hits became. With the soft intro picking of this next song took the crowd to another level with, “It’s Not My Time” but the soft intro of “Here Without You” not only erupted the crowd, but brought out their singing voices. The drummer began a short intro that led into very familiar drum beat that kept the crowd on their feet with fists in the air as they performed their huge hit, “Kryptonite”.
Brad Arnold mentioned this show was a hometown show. He said they all moved here and live in Hendersonville, TN (a suburb of Nashville). Brad added this will be their last song and he wanted to dedicate this song to our troops who are brave enough to volunteer to put their lives in danger so we can have the freedom to perform this concert. The loud enthusiastic yells showed approval of what Brad said, but when they started the song “When I’m Gone” the loudness went up another notch. 3 Doors Down waved goodnight to the fans as the band stood front and center with their arms around each other’s shoulders taking their final bow with Brad adding his last words of the night, “God Bless Every One of Us!”
I thoroughly enjoyed 3 Doors Down and would love to see them again. I enjoyed the enthusiastic crowd getting into the music, as much as I enjoyed the concert. I didn’t know their music as much as I should have, but I definitely do now. I want to thank 3DD for a clean hard rock show, which is hard to come by now days. On the Concert Blast Scale I give 3 Doors Down an 8.5. The only deduction I’ll give it is the two or three songs that I didn’t care for and the repetition of Brad saying the same line after nearly every song. I’ll close out this review with Brad’s words, “Thank You Friends, God Bless You!”
Written by Mike Arnold
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