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