Live At BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL, February 20, 2013
UG Team, on march 04, 2013 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: Daughtry and 3 Doors Down are currently on a joint tour with Aranda as an opening act. When I saw Daughtry and 3 Doors Down, they were playing at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL on the night of February 20th. That night, the BB&T Center was sparsely filled, as the ≈20,000 arena had around 7,500 people with many of those being given away for free. As to the people who attended the concert, there were more Daughtry fans and, for the most part, the fans for both groups were girls who their boyfriends took to the concert. I could tell that most of the men were forced into it because, even on the floor, they were sitting without singing along to the songs that were dominated by vocals, especially Daughtry with their pop rock sound.
If I included the setlists for both bands, the review would stretch too far for comfort, so, the setlist for 3 Doors Down can be found at this link and the setlist for Daughtry can be found here.
Looking at the size of the stage, it almost seemed like they had prepared for a 10,000-seat venue instead of a 20,000-seat one. Now I know that Daughtry and 3 Doors Down are neither known for their stage shows, but this stage was pitiful considering the venue. It had few lights, though many of the few cast a nice light on the crowd. There were small video screens at the back of the stage that for each band switched between presentations as well as live footage of the band, nothing out of the ordinary. There was a drum riser, and that was honestly about it.
Sound wise, 3 Doors Down outperformed Daughtry. While both bands maintained a sound that didn't blow the roof off the building, I could clearly hear each of the instruments in 3 Doors Down and Daughtry's instruments sounded meshed together as one sound. Daughtry didn't sound muddy, I just prefer when I can hear each instrument clearly and individually. I was also really digging the tone of Chet Roberts, the lead guitarist for 3 Doors Down who played a variety of Les Pauls and PRSs. Now that I think about it, most of the guitarists from both bands were predominantly using PRSs. Both bassists were using Olympic White Fender Jazz Basses.
One of my observations was that 3 Doors Down played very cleanly. Their notes were well defined and they were playing in sync at an above average level. I believe that they were cleaner than Daughtry because this likely resulted in their sound being clearer.
Vocally, Daughtry and 3 Doors Down were excellent, especially with their harmonies. This had better have been true since it is arguable that both of these bands, certainly Daughtry, are vocally based. The crowd was pleased enough because the girls were screaming and singing though the men seemed melancholy. // 7
Perfomance: As to the stage presence, there seemed to be a considerable contrast between the acts. While neither band had a balls to the wall, flamboyant style, 3 Doors Down had the distinct advantage, with the members moving around to different parts of the stage so that at one point or another, the crowd at each end could get a view of each band member. This wasn't that notable, it's just that it was notable that Daughtry didn't do this with the exception of Chris Daughtry and the touring pianist.
Of the members of 3 Doors Down, bassist Todd Harrell was the most active. He ran around and occasionally jumped, but his overall demeanor was his greatest feature. From the way he carried himself, to the way he dressed, to the way he sang along with power, he outperformed the other members. As the night wore on, it became apparent to me that the singer, Brad Arnold, was less of a frontman and more of a musician since he seemed to be fixated in place at times, concentrating on getting his part just right. Chet Roberts, a guitar tech turned lead guitarist, played the most soulfully of anyone that night with the exception of Chris Daughtry.
Daughtry as a band did not have notable stage presence. The thing that irked me the most was the insincere feeling I got when I saw Chris Daughtry try to look soulful. To add to this, he seemed totally disconnected from the rest of the band. I know that Daughtry revolves around Chris Daughtry, but the way he performed, the rest of the band may have seemed invisible. He even looked disrespectful at points when he would take off his guitar and put it on the stand before the song was finished. The drummer honestly had the best stage presence in Daughtry, playing as if the music were serious and that this gig was above average in terms of importance. Coming in second was the bassist who just seemed so much more natural than Chris Daughtry, a former "American Idol" finalist.
It's probably worth noting that Daughtry was noticeably drinking on stage.
While neither band put on a breathtaking show, there were definitely highlights. One of them was when Chris Daughtry sang "Kryptonite" with 3 Doors Down and when Brad Arnold sang "In The Air Tonight" with Daughtry.
On the Daughtry side of things, there was a song when the band members shot t-shirts into the crowd. I had never seen this before, yet it still felt clichéd.
On the 3 Doors Down side, there was a song where a second drum set was brought in and Arnold played a drum solo in tandem with the main drummer. It wasn't complicated, but it was fun to watch even though the sound of Arnold's bass drum was too high and it rattled the floor so that I could barely hear the other drums.
The best and funniest moment of the night came when Brad Arnold threw his mic stand and accidentally hit the drummer, knocking down his clear, plastic panes. After the song, during the interval, the roadies and other band members were helping to fix the problem and Arnold had no idea how to entertain the crowd. He ended up making fun of the drummer and how he was holding up the song. Since Arnold's lines were scripted, he admitted aloud that he didn't have anything to say. So, he said, "Uh, does anyone know a good joke?" This cracked me up at how low he stooped to keep the crowd going. After the ordeal had ended, I could see the whole band having more fun. // 5
Overall Impression: Overall, this just seemed like another night on tour for both bands. Neither did an incredible job and I don't think that they gained any new fans in the crowd, since much of the crowd appeared uninterested. But, for their standard, each band put on a solid performance, though from the standpoint of a musician and listener of hard rock music, 3 Doors Down was better. In the end, I hope that 3 Doors Down writes an album with their new guitarist because he seemed to be the most interesting one of them all.
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