On Monday, September 30, nationally recognized rock band Three Days Grace hit the stage at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Canadian originated band formed in 1997 by Adam Gontier (vocals, guitar), Neil Sanderson (drummer) and Brad Walst (bassist). In 2003, Barry Stock joined as lead guitarist. Under this member line up the band produced four studio albums, three of which have been RIAA certified platinum or gold.
Three Days Grace released their last album Transit of Venus on October 2, 2012. After the release, they did a tour run that headlined the band in very intimate venues - many of which sold out. Following the tour, front man Gontier announced his departure from the band on January 9, this year. His departure was said to be from "non-life threatening" health issues, however, the remaining members of the band issued a statement stating Gontier's resignation was sudden and unexplained. Gontier has since moved on to a new band and plans on continuing his music career.
Vocalist of My Darkest Days and brother of Brad, Matt Walst, was recruited to tour with Three Days Grace as lead vocalist in lieu of Gonteir's absence. Though they have not announced Matt Walst as an official replacement, he has been touring with the band since January - performing on the Transit of Venus tour (co-headlined with Shinedown) and playing as part of large festivals such as Carolina Rebellion. Member Sanderson has also confirmed that they are currently recording new album.
The set list played at Ziggy's featured a solid mix of Three Days Grace singles from every album. They opened with their currently mainstream single "Chalk Outline" and included numerous other hits including: "Pain", "I Hate Everything About You" and "Animal I Have Become". Towards the end of their set, tour manager Shawn Hamm was invited on stage to sing a cover of Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff".
Wilkesboro, North Carolina local hard rock band 3 Quarters Dead were the opening act for Three Days Grace. The group originally formed in 1999, but added vocalist Jason Sain in 2007 and started fresh. Since then, 3 Quarters Dead released an album The Cycle of Dust in 2012, and played as part of the Carolina Rebellion festival in Charlotte earlier this year.
North Carolina fans who missed Monday's show have a second opportunity to see Three Days Grace at The Orange Peel in Asheville this evening. Tickets for the show are still available and can be purchased here and the remainder of Three Days Grace's tour dates can be viewed here.