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3 Doors Down launches "Live X 3" streaming concerts, 6 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021

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His farm near Nashville hasn't been a bad spot for 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold to spend the pandemic. But even with horses to groom and fields to clear, he was "happy to play a show again."

The band's "3 X Live" streaming series, which kicks off Friday, Feb. 5, put 3 Doors Down back on stage for the first time since the fall of 2019, according to Arnold. It also gives the quintet, formed in Escatawpa, Miss., a belated chance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its 2000 debut album "The Better Life," a seven-times-platinum smash that featured the hits "Kryptonite," "Loser," "Duck and Run and "Be Like That."

That was a potent launch to a career that now spans six albums as well as acoustic and holiday EPs -- and plenty of road time. 3 Doors Down will recap all that during its "3 X Live" shows, and Arnold promises new music is on its way...

• Arnold, 42 -- who did double-duty as singer and drummer when the band started -- is "not a fan of soundstages" but enjoyed putting the shows together for "3 X Live." "It was a cool experience to go in there and do it, and it was just really, really fun to play live again. We didn't make it like, 'Alright, it's just gonna be just like your own stage 'cause it would kind of be funny to sit there and be talking to the camera men in the room. It'd be kind of weird. It's kind of a cross between a show and band practice, a little bit. Doing things like that in any production sense it really makes you appreciate the fans being out there for it. But I think it came out really good."

• 3 Doors Down played "The Better Life" in its entirety for the first episode, with acoustic and electric "Greatest Hits" sets to follow. "We went back and added five songs that were on the demo that got us signed...and it was so cool to go back and play some of those songs again. A couple of them just came right back, and some as I was listening back through I still didn't remember the lyrics to them. Good lord!" (laughs)

• 3 Doors Down will be releasing a 20th anniversary expanded edition of "The Better Life" on March 26 that includes bonus tracks as well as the "Escatawpa Sessions" demo tape. "When you think about all the places you've gone and all the things that have filled up those 20 years and it seems like 20 years but...20 years as a snapshot. It seems like it was last week. (The songs) still ring true, and I knew that they were true, for me. And seeing how much other people identify with those songs, it's really taught me so much."

• "Kryptonite," which hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Mainstream Rock and Alternative charts, does mean something a bit different for Arnold 21 years later. "Looking back at it, it made me realize it's OK to have a song that's just fun. When we first put that song out, I had to have this big meaning -- 'You're going to do interviews about the song. It's got to be about something.' I was like, 'Well, yeah, it’s about friendship and stuff.' It does have a meaning, yes...but really it just sounded good. It's fun to sing along with, and that's completely all right."

• A highlight during 3 Doors Down's career was recording "Landing In London," from its 2005 album "Seventeen Days," with Bob Seger, who was also working at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville and befriended Arnold. Seger also joined the band when it played Aug. 2 of that year at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, which was one of his first public performances in years. "We didn't know if he was going to come or not," Arnold recalls. "We started the song and I still hadn't seen him; Our production at the time had that light, low-line fog over the stage, so I was kind fo staying in the cloud with one spotlight on me. His part comes in the second verse. I just barely cracked my left eye and looked over and I saw his feet, so I'm like 'Yeah!' I started singing the second verse and he came in and I've never heard a crowd that loud. Bob Seger on his own stage for the first time in, like, eight years; I was like, 'How is this happening?!' That was one of the greatest moments in my life."

• 3 Doors Down's last album, "Us and the Night," came out during March of 2016, and Arnold says there's "a lot of" new song ideas around, with more coming on a regular basis. "I'm (writing) in the old, organic best way, without even trying. I can't just sit up here in the studio and write a song. I just can't do that. I have 50 acres here, and a lot of it's woods and it was an old farm...I get out there and work in the yard, me and my wife, or I'll be on my tractor or something and I'll get an idea and stop. My wife won't even ask me anymore, like, 'Why'd you stop.' She knows I'm stopping to record an idea because it's just there. Eventually I'm gonna have to get all these ideas together and turn them into songs, but that's not really the hard part. The hard part is just having an idea."

3 Doors Down launches its "3 X Live" streaming concert series at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 with a performance of its debut album, "The Better Life," in its entirety. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com or 3DoorsDown.com. Subsequent shows include an acoustic "Greatest Hits" set on Feb. 19 and a full-band "Greatest Hits concert on March 5.

Web Site: www.watch.mandolin.com

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