3 Doors Down + Elvis Monroe
Detroit, Michigan (February 11, 2018) – Back in late October 2017, 3 Doors Down announced their “Back Porch Jam” Tour. Tonight the talented Brad Arnold (Vocals), Chris Henderson (Lead Guitar), Greg Upchurch (Drums), Chet Roberts (Guitar), Justin Biltonen (Bass) bought their acoustic tour to Sound Board inside Motor City Casino in Detroit, Michigan. Tonight was the last night of their tour, to say they gave it everything they had is an understatement.
The band performed 18 songs from five of their 11 albums at the intimate event. A handful of VIP guests were even seated in lawn chairs on the stage – that’s what you call the ‘best seat in the house’!
3 Doors Down set list was carefully compiled from their debut album, The Better Life, (2000), their sophomore album, Away from the Sun, (2002), Seventeen Days (2005), 3 Doors Down (2008) and their newest album, Us and the Night, (2016). Fans were entertained with “Away From The Sun”, “Be Like That”, “Be Somebody”, “Dangerous Game”, “Duck and Run”, “Here Without You”, “I Feel You”, “It’s Not My Time”, “Kryptonite”, “Landing in London”, “Let Me Be Myself”, “Let Me Go”, “Loser”, “Not Enough”, “Pieces of Me”, “The Real Life”, “This Time”, and “When I’m Gone”.
Prior to 3 Doors Down taking the stage eager fans were kept well-entertained by the charming Elvis Monroe. Ben Carey (from Savage Garden & Lifehouse) (guitar and vocals), Bryan Hopkins (lead vocals) and Jared Berry (guitar, vocals) comprise Elvis Monroe. EM is an “eclectic mix of country, classic Americana and modern flavors, coupled with an organic live show reminiscent of storytellers”. The band was “forged on friendships and the songs speak their stories!”
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In order to know where you’re headed, you have to recognize where you’re from. So when it came time to begin working on their sixth full-length album, Us And The Night [Republic Records], Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down channeled a familiar feeling.
“We all missed the excitement of making our first album,” says singer Brad Arnold. “As you continue creating records, it can become sort of mechanical, and you start taking everything too seriously. However, for Us And The Night, we were all on the same page about just wanting to have a good time in the studio. That created a great vibe. I don’t think we’ve ever felt this unified as a band in our entire career. That’s why the album sounds like it does.”
In late 2014, 3 Doors Down—Brad Arnold [lead vocals], Chris Henderson [lead and rhythm guitar], Greg Upchurch [drums], Chet Roberts [lead and rhythm guitar], and Justin Biltonen [bass]— wrapped up a marathon of touring that included the cycles for 2011’s Time of My Life, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, and The Greatest Hits, a year later. Along the way, they welcomed Chet and Justin into the fold in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Us And The Night would make for their first studio experience together and formally open up a new chapter for the group.
“The creativity between the five of us hadn’t been tapped yet,” explains Chris. “That made the whole process really interesting because everybody was bringing different ideas to the table. The boundaries totally opened up. Chet and Justin kept pushing and pushing, and none of us wanted to stop.”
The guys holed up in Chris’s own Rivergate Studios in Nashville, TN and dove into extremely collaborative sessions—which even saw Greg writing for the first time. As a result, the sonic palette started to expand with producer Matt Wallace [Maroon 5, Train, Faith No More] behind the board.
“Matt was a great coach,” continues Chris. “We got out of our comfort zone and started to approach the music from a different angle. We’d use synths or try different styles of riffs. That made everybody a little uncomfortable in the best way. It really worked.”
“This couldn’t be just another 3 Doors Down record,” adds Brad. “It needed to be an album that made people take a second look and listen.”
That’s exactly what the first single “In The Dark” does. With a raucous, raw, and rowdy riff, the track shows an unexpected and undeniable side of the band, culminating during the chorus, “She likes to do it in the dark.”
“We’ve never had a sexy, playful song,” smiles Brad. “There was definitely a place for it. It’s about seeing that girl across the room. I initially played the idea for my wife, and she smiled, ‘I like that.’ I knew we had to go for it!”
“Living In Your Hell” teeters between a drum stomp and robust guitars before an arena-size refrain. “It’s about broken promises,” Brad goes on. “So many people tell you they have your back, and it’s just lie. You end up living in hell from their broken promises.”
Meanwhile, “The Broken” delivers an immediately unshakable chant complete with gang vocal, handclaps, and a swinging synth melody. “It’s a call to the youth,” exclaims the singer. “It’s not about taking everything down; it’s about building everything up. This is an empowering call-to-arms for the next generation to take back the world. Use your voice.”
3 Doors Down first found their own voice in 1995. It’s only gotten louder over the past two decades. Everything kicked off with their 2000 debut, The Better Life. The album went six-times platinum and introduced the world to their now-classic “Kryptonite.” Their fan base continued to grow with 2002’s triple-platinum Away from the Sun—which yielded the smashes “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” Both 2005’s platinum-certified Seventeen Days and 3 Doors Down  bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 followed by Time of My Life’s #3 debut in 2011. In between countless sold out shows, the guys notched three Grammy Award® nods, scored two American Music Awards, and received a total of five BMI Pop Awards, including an award for Brad for BMI “Songwriter of the Year.”
2003 saw the group begin a tradition of giving back in a big way with the launch of their The Better Life Foundation [TBLF]. The organization has lived up to its name by giving as many children as possible a better life and supporting Center of the Prevention of Child Abuse, Habitat for Humanity, and various other charities. Its annual concert has hosted everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sara Evans to Staind, Shinedown, and Alter Bridge.
Unified, unbreakable, and undeniable, 3 Doors Down remain poised for their boldest moment yet. This promise even stands encapsulated within the very title.
“Us And the Night means, ‘Let’s just keep going until it’s just us left,’” Brad leaves off. “It’s an ‘us against them’ song. The world’s problems don’t have to stop us. Let’s forget about them, stop worrying, and enjoy the ride together. It’s an invitation to fans everywhere to do the same.”
Hailing from the small town of Escatawpa, Mississippi, 3 Doors Down hit their peak in the 2000s with a string of post-grunge singles, most notably “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” and the ballad “Here Without You.” “Kryptonite,” with its minor-key shuffle and references to Superman, was the catalyst for the band’s career, generating an unprecedented buzz at a local radio station — Biloxi’s WCPR — during the band’s independent days. Such support helped make 3 Doors Down a regional favorite, enabling them to draw relatively large crowds to their local live shows and, consequently, extending their popularity beyond the Deep South to internationally famous clubs like New York’s CBGB
The founding members of 3 Doors Down — vocalist/drummer Brad Arnold, guitarist Matt Roberts, and bassist Todd Harrell — were raised in Escatawpa, a cozy town of 8,000 people. Although brought up in religious households, the musicians also felt the call of rock & roll at an early age, eventually forming a rock trio in 1994 to play a friend’s backyard party. As the years progressed, so did the band’s sound, and the group soon added guitarist Chris Henderson and retained a studio drummer so that Arnold could come forward and sing live. After touring the Gulf Coast’s venues, the band made its way to New York, where a showcase at CBGB brought 3 Doors Down to the attention of Republic Records. A subsidiary of Universal, Republic Records signed the musicians and issued their major-label debut, The Better Life, in early 2000.
The Better Life became one of the biggest-selling albums of 2000, going platinum four times during its first year of release and spawning several singles. The band furthered its success with 2002’s Away from the Sun, which debuted at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 and, like its predecessor, climbed to multi-platinum status. 3 Doors Down toured steadily throughout 2003 and 2004 in support of Away from the Sun, and issued the live EP Another 700 Miles in November 2003 as a holdover between studio efforts. The group returned with a heavier album, Seventeen Days, in early 2005. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and went platinum in its first week of release. A self-titled album, which followed in May 2008, repeated its predecessor’s success when it too debuted at the top of the Billboard 200.
3 Doors Down toured throughout 2009, released a digital-only acoustic holiday album at the end of the year, and began to work on their next album in 2010. With Howard Benson serving as producer, the guys shuttled themselves between L.A. and Tokyo, recording the album in both cities and eventually emerging with 2011’s Time of My Life. The following year saw the release of the band’s first Greatest Hits collection, which featured three brand-new tracks. These songs also offered fans their first look at incoming guitarist and former guitar tech Chet Roberts, who replaced founding member Matt Roberts (no relation). By 2013, bassist Todd Harrell had also departed, opening the door for another new member, Justin Biltonen. Sporting a new lineup, 3 Doors Down set about recording their sixth LP with producer Matt Wallace. Us and the Night appeared in March 2016.