The band’s success is largely attributed to catchy singles like “Kryptonite.” The song was responsible for getting 3 Doors Down a label with Republic Records, a division of Universal Records, and catapulting the band into success in 1997. “Kryptonite” also hit No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in 2000 and was certified gold in 2006.
Boasting of a unique sound, 3 Doors Down appeals to both old and new generations. The mix of classic rock and a modern edge puts 3 Doors Down into an entirely new genre of music that is enjoyable for all.
Forming the band in 1995, 3 Doors Down is still going strong after having sold 15 million albums. “The Better Life,” released in 2000, “Away From The Sun,” released in 2002 and “Seventeen Days” of 2005 all reached multi-platinum selling status. According to its Web site, the band started touring in early 2000, traveling to 32 countries and playing more than 200 concerts.
Able to withstand the test of time — and radio — 3 Doors Down can still be heard on rock and alternative stations across the nation. The band’s appeal is universal, and the group has gathered a loyal following.
The original three members, singer Brad Arnold, guitarist Matt Roberts and bass player Todd Harrell, have been friends since grade school in their hometown of Escatawpa, Miss. They grew up together, and became friends through their shared interest in music. When they eventually became a band, Arnold gave up drumming to become the band’s lead singer.
“Nobody else would do it, but I did and enjoyed it,” he said in an interview with www.songfacts.com.
Arnold, Roberts and Harrell are still playing together after more than 10 years, now with the addition of two other band members, Chris Henderson on rhythm guitar and drummer Greg Upchurch.
After the intense traveling in its earlier days, the band settled down to spend some time closer to home. The Better Life Foundation, which is a charity named after the band’s hit “The Better Life,” has raised more than $2 million for local children’s charities since its start in 2003. Money is raised through concerts and fundraisers. The foundation is based out of the group’s home state of Mississippi and 3 Doors Down plays annually in the organization’s charity concert.
The band also provided aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It hit closer to home when Henderson’s house was damaged.
“Everything seemed to be churning around that time,” Harrell said on the band’s Web site. “We knew it was important to get back to a normal life. It was time to overcome. Time to try and relax. Do some fishing. Get with family.”
Their soul-searching and quality time lead the band to release its newest album, “Seventeen Days.”
In a moment of patriotism, the group wrote the song “Citizen/Soldier” in 2007, which is used in the ads run by the US National Guard.
“What it took was for us to take some real time off, go home, and then gather again as the band we know how to be,” Arnold said on their Web site. “We were hungry for each other’s company.”
“The best moments of this band have always been about keeping it a fun ride,” Roberts said. “You need that sense of accomplishment, but you also need to keep the process comfortable.”
The concert kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday with 3 Doors Down playing at the Grande Exposition Hall in the Silver Legacy Casino. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com for $59.50. For more information on 3 Doors Down, visit www.3doorsdown.com.