3 Doors Down re­turns for show at Kirby

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - News - BY CHARLOTTE L. JA­COB­SON STAFF WRITER cja­cob­son@cit­i­zensvoice.com

Next week is 3 Doors Down’s time in Wilkes-Barre and they’re ready to go.

The Amer­i­can rock band from Mis­sis­sippi just kicked off their “Us and The Night” tour, named for their most re­cent al­bum, and will play the F.M. Kirby Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts on Wed­nes­day.

And the five­some are no strangers to North­east­ern Pennsylvania. Co-found­ing gui­tarist, Chris Hen­der­son, re­called per­form­ing at Mon­tage Moun­tain on sev­eral sum­mer­time tours, most no­tably with Wilkes-Barre na­tives, Break­ing Ben­jamin, as an opener.

Hen­der­son said fans can ex­pect a mix of old and new songs in their set list. But mostly, the quin­tet is ex­cited to show off tracks from “Us and The Night,” which was re­leased in March.

“In this last record we de­cided to let ev­ery­one con­trib­ute and write,” Hen­der­son said. “So ob­vi­ously our sound changed a lit­tle. We took a cou­ple steps to­wards the fu­ture; I think a cou­ple steps farther than it would have went oth­er­wise.”

The group has seen sev­eral band mem­bers come and go, leav­ing Hen­der­son and vo­cal­ist, Brad Arnold, as the sole found­ing mem­bers of the band. Greg Upchurch on drums, Chet Roberts on gui­tar and bas­sist, Justin Bil­to­nen, round out the cur­rent lineup.

In record­ing “Us and The Night,” they uti­lized new in­stru­men­ta­tion, Hen­der­son said. In­stead of writ­ing every­thing on an acous­tic gui­tar, they used pro­gram­ming and beat elements to cre­ate a dif­fer­ent fla­vor and ap­proach to song­writ­ing.

The al­bum took about a year to cre­ate in Hen­der­son’s Nashville stu­dio, from writ­ing tracks to record­ing and fin­ish­ing it off. Among his fa­vorite tracks in­clude “The Bro­ken,” “Us and The Night” and “Be­lieve It” be­cause of how fun they are to play and the re­ac­tions from those lis­ten­ing, he said.

The road to star­dom

Although Hen­der­son’s pro­fes­sional mu­sic ca­reer spans across two decades, grow­ing up to be a rock­star wasn’t al­ways his agenda.

The 45-year-old gui­tarist grew up with two pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians in his fam­ily — his brother and mother. But as much as he was sur­rounded by peo­ple prac­tic­ing clar­inet, pi­ano and vi­o­lin, he wasn’t in­ter­ested.

“I didn’t want to play in the march­ing band, I wanted to play foot­ball,” he ad­mit­ted. “But when I re­al­ized girls liked gui­tars, I picked it up. I didn’t ded­i­cate my life to it at first. I just picked it up, was kind of able to get through it with­out work­ing too hard. I be­came a pretty good player just by ham­mer­ing it out with my friends.”

Be­fore long, he was in­volved in a multi-plat­inum, in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous rock band. And they plan to con­tinue on per­form­ing around the world for as long as pos­si­ble, Hen­der­son said.

“Hope­fully we don’t have to quit any­time soon,” he said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

3 Doors Down hits the F.M. Kirby Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts on Wed­nes­day with their “Us and The Night” tour.

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