Three Doors Down
After selling 12 million albums since their debut in 2000, 3 Doors Down are releasing their third studio album entitled Seventeen Days (Republic/Universal) on February 8, 2005. The album, recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and produced by Johnny K (Finger 11, Disturbed) features twelve original songs including the road weary ballad "Landing In London" which features Bob Seeger. The record's first single "Let Me Go" was released to rock radio in December 2004 and is already Top 10 on most rock stations nationwide and climbing the Top Twenty of Billboard's various rock charts, including #9 Mainstream Rock (1/29/05) and #16 Modern Rock (1/29/05). The corresponding video for "Let Me Go" was added to national formats (Jan 28) and features young actors Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Boston Legal) and Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives). No stranger to hit singles, 3 Doors Down have had six #1 singles - "Kryptonite," "Duck & Run," "Loser," "Be Like That," "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You," making them one of the most popular and consistently successful rock bands in recent history. According to Billboard Magazine, they were the first debut act to ever have had a #1 single at four different radio formats simultaneously with "Kryptonite" and the quintet went on to win the 2003 Billboard Music Awards for "Best Pop/Rock Group" and "Best Hot 100 Single," as well as earning the distinction of seeing "When I'm Gone" become the most played song in 2003 according to the Nielson Vegas for Artist of the Year: Modern AC Radio. In the past four years, 3 Doors Down have moved from accomplishment to accomplishment, clearly establishing themselves as an exceptional band, both in the studio and on stage.
Seventeen Days promises to continue the high standards set by its successful forbears. It is the band's first studio album since 2002's multi-platinum Away from The Sun and the first new material since 2003's RIAA Gold certified live EP Another 700 Miles. Seventeen Days shows growth and maturity in both musicianship and songwriting. talents over the course of the disc, easily transitioning from aggro rockers like "Live For Today" to plaintive ballads such as the album closing "Here By Me."
An exceptional live band, 3 Doors Down stands among the top concert draws in North America, performing over 300 sold-out live shows a year. The band plan to tour extensively for Seventeen Days and have some special events lined up for fans including a live concert at the Daytona International for 200,000 people on February 12th. A portion of the concert will air live on Fox-TV. In addition to the Daytona event, the band will be part of the Lynyrd Skynyrd's Super Bowl Saturday Night Special, airing live on CMT, 9pm EST February 5th from Jacksonville, Fl. They will perform their new single "Let Me Go" on The Late Show with David Letterman, February 8.
If you were alive and even semi-conscious in the year 2000, you undoubtedly heard "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down. It was inescapable. The song and the debut album from which it leapt, The Better Life, defied the laws of gravity. Both clung to the top of any given chart--album, singles, multi-format radio--for most of that year and beyond. "Kryptonite," in more ways than one, was like the dude Brad Arnold was singing about: Superman. The song struck a huge literal and figurative chord with the populace, a full year before America truly needed a superhero. But who knew that then? Two years, four #1 singles, a couple of world tours, unprecedented radio success, multiple big award nominations, and a bazillion album sales later (alright, it shifted 6 million, but who's counting except the RIAA?), 3 Doors Down were back in the real-life Smallville that spawned the band back in 1996--Escatawpa, Mississippi, a mere hellhound's leap from the crossroads where Robert Johnson sold his soul.
It's safe to say the members of 3 Doors Down—Brad Arnold, guitarist Matt Roberts, bassist Todd Harrell and guitarist Chris Henderson (with new drummer Daniel Adair who hails from Vancouver)--could afford to move anywhere in the world following their debut's rampant success. But the childhood friends remained down-to-earth and returned to their old hometown for a well-earned breather before recording the follow-up, Away From The Sun. "I came home (from touring) and didn't listen to any music at all," says Brad. "I had to let my head stop spinning. It was like I had been going 90 miles per hour for so long, and then it all came to an instant stop."
The break didn't last long, however. After four months of relaxation, the band members "got the hunger to make music again." They rented a house and spent four hours a day crafting songs and jamming--just to play. "We worked just long enough that we weren't trying to force anything," says the singer. The success of that approach is evident on Away From the Sun. With the disc's twelve tracks, 3 Doors Down return to take their rightful place in the forefront of a musical resurgence they helped create. Mighty guitars, swaggering bass, meaty drums support big vocal melodies and even bigger lyrical sentiments. The band humbly calls it "good ol' American rock 'n' roll." Now, however, their sound has been road-honed.
Produced by Rick Parashar (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon), Away From the Sun finds 3 Doors Down back with a vengeance and ready to rock. Most bands feel pressure to sidestep the dreaded sophomore slump, the expectations of the millions of listeners who'd purchased the debut, but Brad didn't have any worries. He had compelling subject matter: All that time spent on the road. "A lot of the lyrics on Away From The Sun are about loneliness," admits Brad. "On tour, you really have nothing but time on your hands. I was feeding off those feelings of isolation. With these songs, I wanted to convey to the listener that he or she is not alone--there are a lot of people who feel the same way." "The band has grown a lot on the road," he adds. "Our sound is different now," says Matt. " The music has grown. In one word, it's better." One listen to the first single, "When I'm Gone" and you'll agree.
Brad wrote the lyrics to "When I’m Gone" one night in Puerto Rico, alone in his hotel room. "I was feeling like all these people thought they knew me when they really didn't," he says. "I want people to just to accept me as I am." You can practically feel Brad’s frustration when listening to the heartfelt lyrics. Radio is ‘feeling it’ in the US, making the single #1 Most Added at Mainstream, Modern and Active Rock formats with over 200 adds its first week out.
The album’s title track, which Chris calls "our masterpiece" mixes one of the best air guitar chords in recent memory with dead-on lyrics about longing and how “Now and then [you] find yourself so far down away from the sun.” On "Running out of Days" and "Ticket to Heaven" the guitars and bass surround questions of fame and its price on family and friends. And "Here Without You" is the best road weary travel tune to come down the pike in a long while.
Away From the Sun continues 3 Doors Down’s evolution to rock band supreme. "Dynamically, our sound is bigger," says Chris. They've come a long way from where they began but never strayed from their original goal which was to "make rock n' roll and good ol' American music."
3 Doors Down Tops Charts
3 Doors Down takes the top spot in the country in the 1st week out with their new album Seventeen Days (Republic/Universal), selling over 200,000 copies and entering at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.
Released February 8, Seventeen Days is the Mississippi rock band's 3rd studio album and their 1st #1 album debut. No strangers to the top of the charts, 3 Doors Down have sold over 12 million albums with their previous releases, The Better Life (2000) and Away From The Sun (2002), which made its Billboard album chart debut at #8. They have written 6 #1 hit singles: "Here Without You," "When I'm Gone," "Be Like That," "Loser," "Duck and Run" and "Kryptonite."
"We're happy," said lead singer Brad Arnold when notified of the news in Dallas, "It's very exciting and we're especially thankful to our fans for their support. We were tentative on how people would react, because we put our hearts into this 1, and now our fans are saying they love this record and that feels great-that's all we care about."
Recorded in Nashville with producer Johnny K (Finger 11, Disturbed), Seventeen Days features 12 tracks including the 1st single "Let Me Go," which is already Top 5 at rock radio; "Landing In London" featuring Bob Seger; the coming of age narrative "Be Somebody"; the tender ballad "Here by Me"; along with harder edge cuts "Right Where I Belong" and "The Real Life." Their new video for the 1st single "Let Me Go" features Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives) and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Boston Legal).
Billboard Magazine (2/8/05) says "even with a healthy respect for heritage, 3 Doors Down is a thoroughly modern American band, and a **** good 1," while Associated Press (2/11/05) says, "hard rocking riffs and sensitive lyrics with it's 3rd album, Seventeen Days, the band has blown away most of its competition."
Seventeen Days has already shipped platinum in its 1st week and shows growth and maturity in both musicianship and songwriting, a cohesive flow of energy from a band that has known each other since childhood and has worked to strengthen those bonds, while bringing each other's individual and unique perspectives into the mix.
After a week of promotional appearances in New York, including a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman (2/8/05), 3 Doors Down began their world tour on Saturday, February 12th at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida during the 27th Annual Budweiser Shootout. Part of the band's performance together with Arnold's singing of the national anthem aired live on Fox TV (2/12/05). The band has dates across the US and performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (March 2) before heading off to Europe, Australia and Guam.
3 Doors Down Plots US Tour
3 Doors Down announces February tour dates.
3 Doors Down is getting ready to release its new album, "Seventeen Days," on February 8. Soon after the album hits stores, the group will set off on a US tour. Things get started on February 12, when the band plays the 2005 Budweiser Shootout at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. FOX will televise the band's performance of its new single, "Let Me Go," along with Brad Arnold's singing of the National Anthem before the race. 3 Doors Down will also play a post-race concert.
Other stops along the tour include Dallas, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Denver.
Tour Itinerary: 3 Doors Down
12 - Daytona, FL - Daytona International Speedway
13 - Clemson, SC - Littlejohn Coliseum
16 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theater
17 - San Antonio, TX - SBC Center - Rodeo 2005
18 - Oklahoma City, OK - Lloyd Noble Center
20 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theater
22 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove Of Anaheim
23 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
24 - Las Vegas, NV - Club Rain @ The Palms Hotel
26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Nuskin Theater @ Delta Center
27 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
3 Doors Down at RIAA's Inaugural Bash
3 Doors Down to play RIAA inaugural party.
3 Doors Down is getting ready to release its new album, "Seventeen Days" on February 8, 2005. But before then, the band will take part in an inaugural celebration to mark George W. Bush's second term as U.S. President. MTV reports that on January 20, 3 Doors Down will entertain partygoers at the Recording Industry Association of America's inaugural bash in Washington, D.C.
Three Doors Down: Up and Down
Brad Arnold is the frontman for 3 Doors Down and still the same "ol' redneck" as the one I meet five years ago. With their new release Seventeen Days I had a chance to chat with him again, but it started in a peculiar way-- talking about sinus since I was suffering from a really bad bought of it. Brad had the same issue a week before an offered a few tips.
What’s it like when you have an issue like sinus that messes up your voice—that is your instrument.
It sucks. You try to sing around it but it’s rough.
You know what I like about talking with you is that you are the same kind of down to earth guy that you were the first time I talked to you before you had the first record out. You always sound like you’re having a good time.
We’re just having fun man. (Laughs) To change is to change what made you successful. I’m happy right where I am. I don’t want to be anybody else.
Do you just stop and go “I can’t believe this is my life”?
I do it all the time. I’m like “what the hell am I doing here?”