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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Daughtry, 3 Doors Down and P.O.D. Live at The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan

Daughtry, 3 Doors Down and P.O.D. Live at The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Wednesday 5th December, 2012
Outside the Fox Theatre - The nights lineup! - Photo: Alun Williams
On a chilly December evening, rock fans ventured out to downtown Detroit, to check out Daughtry, 3 Doors Down and P.O.D.
The venue, the magnificent Fox Theatre built back in the 1920’s is fantastic inside, great carvings and painted details throughout and a great concert hall, not too large but not small either, with a capacity of just over 5,000.
I had only ever visited the place once before and remember being impressed then, it really is a great place to see a show.
We arrived as P.O.D. were getting close to wrapping up their set.
I’ve never been a fan of theirs, a little too heavy for me, plus they have that rap / rock / reggae kind of thing going.
We caught the last 3 songs and clearly there were still a number of people rather impressed by them. Boy, were they loud too!
 I had been looking forward to seeing 3 Doors Down for so many years, as previously when they’d played Detroit, there always seemed to be something going on to prevent us being able to check them out, but to coin a phrase, ‘ … But tonight girl, it’s only you and me …’ well OK, Rhonda and I were surrounded by a packed house!
Maybe the last studio album has not sold as many ‘official’ copies as previous gold and platinum certified releases have, but clearly here in Detroit they still have some very passionate fans.
For whatever reason, the way this show had been advertised and what I’d heard, I had expected 3 Doors Down to be the headline act, so was kind of surprised when we arrived to see the sign outside showing Daughtry as the headline act and no disrespect to Chris Daughtry and his valiant troopers, who were great on the night and I like both acts, so was looking forward to the evening.
 I just felt that 3 Doors Down, were perhaps a little more deserving of the title headline act. Ah well …
3 Doors Down

Top: The opening video screen, then bottom Brad Arnold and Chris Henderson onstage - Photo's: Alun Williams 
The great thing was, both 3 Doors Down and Daughtry had the same full stage area and the big screen monitor behind the drum riser, with images from the start capturing elements for 3 Doors Down of the last studio album, ‘Time Of My Life,’ which in fact the title track was what opened tonight’s set.
It’s a great strong opening number without question and the band laps up the Detroit crowd pleasure to see these guys!
‘It’s Not My Time’ next starts gently with Chris Henderson’s gentle guitar easing in, then the band cranks it out and bassist Todd Harrell is all over the stage, Brad Arnold too is making sure fans are not ignored as he’s moving all over the front of the stage.
I love the point right before the second chorus where Brad says the line, “Listen to this, ‘My friends this life we live, it’s not what we have, it’s what we believe in …”
Well said Brad!
‘Thank you so much my friends, God Bless you,’ from Brad which is a line he uses a lot tonight!
Then they go back to the first album for ‘Duck and Run’ next.
These guys are great players, from Brad’s great vocal delivery and stage presence, through great guitar work from both Chris Henderson and Chet Roberts and solid backing from both Todd’s bass and Greg Upchurch’s drumming, just a class act!
Top: Brad Arnold in front of Greg Upchurch's drums.
Bottom: Todd Harrell and Chet Roberts, raising their guitars
Photo's: Alun Williams
Next up is ‘The Road I’m On’ from the wonderful ‘Away From The Sun’ album before the title track of the same album, brilliant stuff.
I’m in heaven here, loved this band for such a long time and this is the first time I get to see them play and they really are, right on their game.
The whole show, from sound through lighting and interaction with the crowd, through both guitarists and bassist Todd too, giving out guitar picks along the way is just really enjoyable.
I’m just asking myself, why is Daughtry headline? Don’t these guys deserve it?!
To the ‘Seventeen Days’ album next for another hit in ‘Let Me Go’ and there is just no denying the real songwriting and presentation talent in this band, in transposing the studio performance to that of a live setting. This band is really on their game they are looking and sounding great!
Brad takes a moment to talk to the crowd an says, ‘Detroit rock city, how you doing out there my friends?’ Huge cheers!
‘Man you guys are looking great out there tonight! We just so happy to be here with you this evening, thank you so much for coming out tonight and being a part of this show. We’re gonna have some fun, right?!’ More loud cheers!
‘Well, as surreal as it is to us in this band, we just put out a 'Greatest Hits' record …’ More cheers …
His next statement shows just how humble these guys are, seriously!
“It’s unbelievable to us all, if you’d asked us twelve years ago when we started touring, do you think you’ll ever have a 'Greatest Hits' record, I’d have said ‘Sir, I don’t believe I’ll ever have a hit!’ But it all worked out and here we are!”
Massive cheers from the crowd!
He goes on to talk about the new songs included on the 'Greatest Hits' release and ‘… that the first song we want to play for you is not necessarily the most happy song but it’s a song that I feel like you ….. The song is called ‘Goodbyes’
It’s certainly an emotional track and you know I’ve said this before about some of the band guitar sounds reminding me of my favourite band, Thin Lizzy. The short lead moments here and there certainly bring some of that Lizzy sound to mind for me for sure.
Nice moving track guys, put across well and yes, I hear what you mean in your lyrics.
Perhaps keeping things in a sombre mood, the band plays ‘Loser’ next from the first album, a song the crowd has no problem recognizing, as the first few chords are played.
Top: 3 Doors Down trio shot, Todd, Greg and Brad.
Bottom: Chet Roberts.
Photo's: Alun Williams
‘There’s a Life’ is next from the three new songs on ‘Greatest Hits’ and it’s certainly catchy and it comes across well too.
I’m beginning to think the crowd here tonight is like me, more behind 3 Doors Down than Daughtry!
Brad Arnold doesn’t ignore this either and is constantly thanking the crowd again and again.
When the first chords to ‘Landing In London’ start, I’m wondering since this is Bob Seger's turf, whether he’ll come out to join the band, as he did when they recorded the song. Didn’t happen …
Next up is the final – third - new song is the first single from the ‘Greatest Hits’ in ‘One Light’ and Brad explains that “this song is about coming together and making the world a better place. It’s about leaving more than you find and it’s about giving more than you take. I hope this song inspires someone out there tonight, to do that very thing and be a light for someone else and in turn I hope that person inspires another person. The song is called ‘One Light.’”
It’s a great new song from the band, as are the other two new ones on the ‘Hit’s’ package.
‘Here Without You’ next of course needs no introduction, beautiful track and from the first chords I got goose bumps.
It’s really moving and gets huge cheers of course.
Top: Brad Arnold behind a drum kit once again!
Bottom: Two drummers together!
Photo's: Alun Williams
Next they up the ante with ‘Citizen / Soldier’ and its excellent rhythmic drum patterns, then a second drum kit is brought out on stage and Brad originally being a drummer gets behind it to accompany Greg Upchurch for some duel drumming and at the end of the song, Brad says ‘God Bless every one of our Citizen Soldiers.’
Class act indeed!
Top: Chris Henderson.
Bottom: 3 Doors Down onstage at Detroit's Fox Theatre.
Photo's: Alun Williams
Next up is perhaps a bit of a shock, as the band launch into Megadeth’s ‘Symphony of Destruction’ that then merges into the title track of their first album, ‘The Better Life.’
This closes the set as the band ease off into the darkness …
The crowd is cheering and clearly they want more and back they come for ‘that’ first breakthrough single ‘Kryptonite.’
Final track of the night for these guys is ‘When I’m Gone’ which Brad dedicates to ‘every man and woman that has served this great country …’
Great closing track, no question and my evening is complete …!
Seriously, I could’ve left right then and been happy, but I like Daughtry’s sound, so here we stayed for the artist that for me, is the best thing to have come out of TV’s American Idol and Chris Daughtry didn’t even win the series that he featured in!
3 Doors Down of course didn’t need that to get them started …, but I’m pleased that it got Chris Daughtry noticed, as it turns out the guy certainly knows how to entertain and please the crowd with his bands songs.
Chris Daughtry onstage in Detroit - Photo: Alun Williams
Opening the set with the title track from his third and latest release ‘Break The Spell,’ it’s strong and I have to say, I had heard nothing from this latest album released in November of this year, before tonight’s show, so I was at a disadvantage … Fortunately, Chris told us many of the titles that I didn’t know, so there wasn’t too many I wasn’t too sure of.
Phew! LOL!
No question about next song, which was the hit ‘Feels Like Tonight’ which is such a strong, hook ridden track, the crowd is lapping it up. OK, he’s not doing so bad …
Chris has a tight band too and variety as well in two guitarists (Josh Steely and Brian Craddock), as well as playing more than a little himself most of the time, the rest of the band bass – Andy Waldeck – drummer Robin Diaz and a guest keyboard player … Who’s name I didn’t catch or couldn’t make out when Chris introduced him! - Sorry dude?!
Ed's note: Why wouldn't the 'official' website say who is playing in the touring line up, especially since they are playing so many dates? That's bad if you ask me ...
Next is another new song in ‘Outta My Head’ and Chris grabs a Gibson Explorer guitar to jam the track with his band too and he switches between various different Gibson guitars for each subsequent song when he joins in. Must be nice …
Then another new one follows in ‘Crawling Back To You’ and then he says, “This next song is the one we’ve had on the radio, it’s called ‘Start of Something Good.’
I have to say, the new songs on first hearing don’t sound bad at all which is encouraging, although in a live setting perhaps we’ve been put in the mood for it to sound good!

Top: Daughtry band shot.
Bottom: Chris Daughtry.
Photo's: Alun Williams
‘What I Want’ from the first album rocks out next, this was the song that originally on that album, featured a guest appearance from Slash on guitar. It rocks out well.
Chris explains that, “This next song is about when you’ve been in a situation when you lose someone too soon and this goes out to those who have lost someone too soon it’s called ‘Gone Too Soon.’
   It starts with just Chris and his keys man on a piano that’s been rolled out beside Chris and it’s a really moving track as the title suggests and then it picks up towards the end, where the band comes back out to join in.
 ‘Tennessee Line’ up next and Brad Arnold came out to sing along with Chris and the guys, nice touch!
3 Doors Down's Brad Arnold joins Daughtry onstage - Photo's: Alun Williams
Big hit time with ‘Over You’ next where Chris actually played some of the lead break on, which went straight into another hit in ‘No Surprise,’ enjoyable stuff!
Chris shouts out, ‘Hey, you guys want some free stuff?’ He and he keyboard guy throw rolled up t-shirts out into various parts of the crowd and not just one or two, quite a few!
The band jammed on while they were throwing the shirts out, nice one guys!
‘Every Time You Turn Around’ from the ‘Leave This Town’ album is up next and really highlights some nice shared lead guitar work. It’s good stuff!!!
Chris Daughtry and his band - Photo: Alun Williams
Chris says next that, “This song Is all about race, religion and all that … You know, if we all just stand strong, then ‘We’re Not Gonna Fall!’
Midway through the song he gets the band to bring it all down and he asks the crowd, ‘Do you believe the words of this song? Do you?! I want you all to stand up, raise your fist and sing these words …’
The lyrics come up on the screen behind him and he encourages the crowd to get behind him and join in and for the most part, everyone is into this.
He’s certainly won some new fans tonight with this performance. I’ve seen some reviews from this tour elsewhere where people have said they were more present to see 3 Doors Down than Daughtry, but said at the end that Daughtry surprised them but they for the most part were still behind their 3 Doors Down … I have to agree, but I was impressed by Daughtry’s performance.
Confetti bomb time - Photo's: Alun Williams
The mega hit ‘Home’ close the main set, with most of the crowd knowing the lyrics and singing along.
We had confetti bombs too, so anyone looking for guitar picks that were thrown out throughout the night, that weren’t caught … Forget trying to find them now!
The band leaves the stage, but not for long.
With some rumbling sound effects like thunder as a lead in, the band then plays ‘September’ from the second album, before closing with ‘It’s Not Over.’
Daughtry wrapping up the set - Photo: Alun Williams
Overall, a great night, but I was there to see 3 Doors Down, a band I have wanted to see for a number of years now and I was not disappointed!
Yes, 3 Doors Down won the night for me, but Chris Daughtry and his band surprised me, playing like seasoned pro’s.
I’ll look forward to seeing both bands again sometime in the future I hope!
 A great night for the fans and yes, it was loud and many complained about that, but folks, it is a rock show!
Go and check these guys out, check out the below weblinks as they just announced this week that the tour will continue in the New Year, through into March!

Official websites:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Rock News Update for Monday December 10th, 2012

Hi All,
Wow! Chambers of Rock ... What a challenge!
Folks, I can't begin to tell you how crazy the past four or five days have been, although I'll give you a little insight!
After last Wednesday night's wonderful 3 Doors Down gig with Daughtry - Review coming! - everything went kind of downhill from there ...
Last Thursday evening, my first Smartphone - which I've seriously began to question, why we call them that?! - decided to really play up and I lost all web access on it, then Friday night, my desktop started playing up and started morning I couldn't even get logged into Windows! Great!
I fired up the laptop, yes, got logged in, but internet just wasn't happening?!
Modem is fine, but for some reason browser just kept on refreshing and refreshing?!
Well, after numerous runs of excessive 'clean up' treatments - Combofix, Malware Bytes, etc, defragging my hard drive, for now it appears to have settled down ... I hope!
New Smartphone arrives tomorrow!
It's been a really busy weekend around all that too, so apologies, but hopefully here we go again!
Have a good week folks, can't believe how close Christmas is, unreal!
Firefest 10 - 2013 Details revealed
So, those wonderful people behind the UK's premier melodic rock event Firefest, Kieran Dargan, Bruce Mee and the whole Firefest organisation, have really pulled some bunnies out of hats for their tenth anniversary event!
This one will no doubt sell out quicker than ever!
Pulling Harem Scarem out of (semi) retirement is a major coup in itself, getting Shooting Star to come and play a UK gig, likewise ... Special!
Darren Wharton's Dare too will no doubt please many, many AOR fans and some absolute magic work in having the likes of AOR gems like Alien, Prophet, Treat, Work of Art and a phenomenal Sunday night all star lineup to close the three day event, stunning!
Legends - Voices of Rock, taking the headline slot on Sunday will feature Joe Lynn Turner (Fandango, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Fergie Frederiksen (Toto) Tommy Denander (Everyone!) and no doubt other stars backing them, should be spectacular!
Anyway, enough of my chat, just check out the flyer for all the acts playing in October 2013!
For more details, go to:
3 Doors Down and Daughtry featuring on AXS TV live!
Folks, you do not want to miss this one!!!
Last Wednesday night here in Detroit, 3 Doors Down and Daughtry both played great sets at the magical Fox Theatre downtown.

AXS TV Concerts on Tuesday night 11th December at 10pm (EST) / 7pm (CST), will broadcast both bands sets, live!
Here's the press release for the event:
AXS TV Concerts is proud to broadcast Daughtry and 3 Doors Down LIVE on AXS TV. Don’t miss your chance to see two of Rock and Roll’s biggest bands join together for one amazing night.

3 Doors Down burst onto the scene in 2000 with “Kryptonite” and since then have gone on to put out one platinum record after another. Last month 3 Doors Down celebrated their success by releasing a Greatest Hits album.
On December 11th the band performs at the 1st Bank Center in Colorado and AXS TV has your front row seat!
Check out this link:

Daughtry took the world by storm with the hit singles “It’s Not Over” and “Home”.
Three albums later, Daughtry is a household name and you can see them with 3 Doors Down 100% LIVE on AXS TV.
Daughtry link here:
Don’t miss 3 Doors Down AND Daughtry LIVE at the 1st Bank Center in Colorado Tuesday December 11th only on AXS TV. As always AXS TV Concerts wants to hook YOU up with FREE concerts gear just for watching!
Visit AXS TV Concerts on Facebook to find out how you can score FREE merch from Daughtry and 3 Doors Down.
Here's the link for all the details:

(Phoenix, AZ - December, 2012) Launched a mere three weeks ago Heavy Metal Television is the talk of the internet. Since the launch, the station has garnered over 30,000 unique visitors with praise such as, "Thanks for this channel from the bottom of my heavy metal heart!", "You have become the soundtrack to my house" and "Heavy Metal Television is my new addiction" being plastered on the station's official Facebook page.
Heavy Metal Television beat Apple, Microsoft and Google in a race to start the first 24 hour web television network on Earth and people are talking.
"We're getting eMails from people who are basically marveling at how someone in Los Angeles is watching the same exact thing at the same moment at someone in Stockholm," says a station spokesperson.
"Not 3 hours apart, not 8 hours apart and not on demand but at the exact same moment forever. That speaks volumes. The music video is reborn. 24 hour music videos on the world's only true music video channel has gone viral!"
Heavy Metal Television has no log ins, no passwords, minimal commercials, zero pop up ads and it's forever free.
Go see for yourself at:

JORN goes "Symphonic" offering his fans a new retrospective on his career
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of a very special album from JORN entitled “Symphonic” on January 25th in Europe and January 22nd in North America.
“Symphonic” is not a proper new album, but rather a selection of tracks taken from JORN’s previous studio releases, which have been carefully selected by the Norwegian singer himself and painstakingly remixed in order to add a grandiose classical orchestra arrangement to the existing Hard Rock structure.
“I didn't want to choose the most obvious Jorn songs, as I didn't want this album to come out as a typical "best of" release”, explains the Norwegian singer. “Some songs that are not too typical in a Jorn context, were chosen simply because some great songs often tend to be forgotten and therefore deserve a second chance”.
Tracks like “I Came to Rock”, “Burn Your Flame” and “Behind the Clown” especially are presented in a very intriguing and different new dressing, which enhances the variety and depth of JORN’s classic songwriting and performance style. In Jorn’s words: “I Came To Rock, might now even remind the listener of a Broadway musical, not coming from a heavy rock band like Jorn. The new version of "Behind The Clown" shows how much as a young boy I have been fascinated by Kate Bush. “Burn your flame” instead came out really fresh and different, compared to the original version on Spirit Black from 2009.”
“Symphonic” also includes an unreleased track: a cover version of Dio’s “Rock n Roll Children”.
“I hope you will enjoy the album and maybe you will even rediscover some songs you had forgotten…” concludes Jorn.
“Symphonic” tracklisting includes:

I Came To Rock; Rock And Roll Children; The World I See; Burn Your Flame; Man Of The Dark; My Road; Time To Be King; Black Morning; Like Stone In Water; Vision Eyes; War Of The World; Behind The Clown; A Thousand Cuts; The Mob Rules.
The first single off the album “I Came to Rock” can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio.

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And Finally ... Some sad news ...
Huw Lloyd-Langton passes away
RIP guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton, who died last Thursday 6th December at his home, after battling cancer for some time.
Lloyd-Langton had been a member of British space rockers Hawkwind, from way back in 1970, playing on their first self titled album, before leaving the band soon after.
He actually played in UK pop star Leo Sayer's band for a while, as well as his own Lloyd-Langton Group, releasing various albums and touring frequently.
He rejoined Hawkwind in 1979 and featured on their 'Live Seventy Nine' and 1980's 'Levitation' albums that also incidentally featured ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker, it was a tour that I caught as I really enjoyed 'Levitation.'
He did tour further with Hawkwind, but also kept up his solo work too.
Sadly cancer got the better of him and last Thursday he passed away.
He was 61 years old.
RIP Huw Lloyd-Langton
1951 - 2012