Daughtry completed their co-headline tour with 3 Doors Down at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. on March 6. The tour was a great match for both artists--developing a deeper and similar fanbase, while also nourishing a tighter bond between the bands. Oklahoma rockers, Aranda, opened the show.
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For Daughtry, the tour began almost one year ago in Illinois, following the release of their critically acclaimed third album, "Break the Spell"[review]. They headlined on their own through mid-June before heading to Europe to open for Nickelback for a series of summer dates. It wasn't long before they were out on the road again, this time as co-headliners with 3 Doors Down for another two legs through the U.S.
They opened with "Break the Spell" and fans jumped to their feet. Multicolored lights hit the stage from every angle, giving fans the immediate impression that this was going to be a show to remember. Chris Daughtry's voice was sharp despite the road wear, he had no problem hitting his notes with power and easily handled the more delicate tunes like "Tennessee Line."
Bassist Andy Waldeck remained in the shadows until Chris introduced him before "Outta My Head." He replaced Josh Paul, who left the band after the 2012 European tour concluded for personal reasons. The Wisconsin born musician seems like a good fit for the band, though he lacks some of the funky stage presence that was endearing to JP fans.
The entire band seemed to be in good spirits. Robin Diaz was set at the extreme rear of the stage, though he could be seen motioning to fans and waving his sticks as he laid the rhythm. His energy was high. Both Josh Steely and Brian Craddock worked their respective sides of the stage on guitar. They exchanged lead breaks and complemented one another on heavier tracks like "No Surprise;" and then teased with Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" before tearing into the opening riffs of "Renegade."
Chris noted, "It's the last show of the tour, we're kinda sad...like the last day of school." He gave props to Aranda, who opened the entire second leg of the tour. He added, "Everyday somebody on this tour is singing 'Satisfied'," as then teased the crowd with its chorus.
A piano was wheeled out for "Gone Too Soon." Chris mentioned that the song has taken on a deeper meaning, having heard different stories as to how the song has touched people in vastly different ways. Chris sang alone with Elvio Fernandes on piano. The rest of the band joined in as the song hit its crescendo for a powerful finish. Fenandes remained on the piano for "Tennessee Line," while also contributing strong vocal harmonies. His presence on tour definitely adds depth to their live performance.
"This is the part of the show where you get to sing," Chris told fans. Fernandes interjected, "Pretend it's Packers versus Bears and you just the scored the go-ahead TD." The crowd roared, Chris turned and laughed then added, "Now I know how loud you can get." That vibe was felt throughout the show--the relative comfort of spending a year on the road combined with knowing home is only hours away made for the perfect atmosphere on stage.
Perhaps the most impressive song of the night was their cover of "Purple Rain." Chris gave a stellar vocal performance that would have made the artist-always-known-as Prince shed a grin. Steely really helped make "Purple Rain" shine, his blistering guitar solo matched the soulful delivery of Chris' vocals. Daughtry frequently perform the cover during their soundcheck for VIP ticket holders. It was a treat for the fans to hear the cover during a show.
Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down joined Daughtry to perform Phil Collins' cover of "In the Air Tonight." The two shared a hug and expressed their friendship numerous times throughout the set, suggesting how well everybody got along during the tour. Chris returned the favor later that evening, contributing to "Kryptonite" during 3 Doors' encore. It would not be surprising to see these bands on the road together again, or perhaps a guest appearance on future work.
Break the Spell
Feels Like Tonight
Outta My Head
Crawling Back to You
What I Want
Gone Too Soon
In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins cover, with Brad Arnold)
Every Time You Turn Around
Purple Rain (Prince cover)
It's Not Over