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Detroit, Michigan (February 11, 2018) – Back in late October 2017, 3 Doors Down announced their “Back Porch Jam” Tour. Tonight the talented Brad Arnold (Vocals), Chris Henderson (Lead Guitar), Greg Upchurch (Drums), Chet Roberts (Guitar), Justin Biltonen (Bass) bought their acoustic tour to Sound Board inside Motor City Casino in Detroit, Michigan. Tonight was the last night of their tour, to say they gave it everything they had is an understatement.

The band performed 18 songs from five of their 11 albums at the intimate event. A handful of VIP guests were even seated in lawn chairs on the stage – that’s what you call the ‘best seat in the house’!
3 Doors Down set list was carefully compiled from their debut album, The Better Life, (2000), their sophomore album, Away from the Sun, (2002), Seventeen Days (2005), 3 Doors Down (2008) and their newest album, Us and the Night, (2016). Fans were entertained with “Away From The Sun”, “Be Like That”, “Be Somebody”, “Dangerous Game”, “Duck and Run”, “Here Without You”, “I Feel You”,  “It’s Not My Time”, “Kryptonite”, “Landing in London”, “Let Me Be Myself”, “Let Me Go”, “Loser”, “Not Enough”, “Pieces of Me”, “The Real Life”, “This Time”, and “When I’m Gone”.

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Prior to 3 Doors Down taking the stage eager fans were kept well-entertained by the charming Elvis Monroe. Ben Carey (from Savage Garden & Lifehouse) (guitar and vocals), Bryan Hopkins (lead vocals) and Jared Berry (guitar, vocals) comprise Elvis Monroe. EM is an “eclectic mix of country, classic Americana and modern flavors, coupled with an organic live show reminiscent of storytellers”. The band was “forged on friendships and the songs speak their stories!

We enjoyed stellar performances of “Blue Collar Man”, “One Day Someday”, “Holy Water”, “BBQ”, “The Fight”, “Rebel”, “Comin’ Around”, and “Take We Back

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In order to know where you’re headed, you have to recognize where you’re from. So when it came time to begin working on their sixth full-length album, Us And The Night [Republic Records], Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down channeled a familiar feeling.

“We all missed the excitement of making our first album,” says singer Brad Arnold. “As you continue creating records, it can become sort of mechanical, and you start taking everything too seriously. However, for Us And The Night, we were all on the same page about just wanting to have a good time in the studio. That created a great vibe. I don’t think we’ve ever felt this unified as a band in our entire career. That’s why the album sounds like it does.”

In late 2014, 3 Doors Down—Brad Arnold [lead vocals], Chris Henderson [lead and rhythm guitar], Greg Upchurch [drums], Chet Roberts [lead and rhythm guitar], and Justin Biltonen [bass]— wrapped up a marathon of touring that included the cycles for 2011’s Time of My Life, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, and The Greatest Hits, a year later. Along the way, they welcomed Chet and Justin into the fold in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Us And The Night would make for their first studio experience together and formally open up a new chapter for the group.

“The creativity between the five of us hadn’t been tapped yet,” explains Chris. “That made the whole process really interesting because everybody was bringing different ideas to the table. The boundaries totally opened up. Chet and Justin kept pushing and pushing, and none of us wanted to stop.”

The guys holed up in Chris’s own Rivergate Studios in Nashville, TN and dove into extremely collaborative sessions—which even saw Greg writing for the first time. As a result, the sonic palette started to expand with producer Matt Wallace [Maroon 5, Train, Faith No More] behind the board.

“Matt was a great coach,” continues Chris. “We got out of our comfort zone and started to approach the music from a different angle. We’d use synths or try different styles of riffs. That made everybody a little uncomfortable in the best way. It really worked.”

“This couldn’t be just another 3 Doors Down record,” adds Brad. “It needed to be an album that made people take a second look and listen.”

That’s exactly what the first single “In The Dark” does. With a raucous, raw, and rowdy riff, the track shows an unexpected and undeniable side of the band, culminating during the chorus, “She likes to do it in the dark.”

“We’ve never had a sexy, playful song,” smiles Brad. “There was definitely a place for it. It’s about seeing that girl across the room. I initially played the idea for my wife, and she smiled, ‘I like that.’ I knew we had to go for it!”

“Living In Your Hell” teeters between a drum stomp and robust guitars before an arena-size refrain. “It’s about broken promises,” Brad goes on. “So many people tell you they have your back, and it’s just lie. You end up living in hell from their broken promises.”

Meanwhile, “The Broken” delivers an immediately unshakable chant complete with gang vocal, handclaps, and a swinging synth melody. “It’s a call to the youth,” exclaims the singer. “It’s not about taking everything down; it’s about building everything up. This is an empowering call-to-arms for the next generation to take back the world. Use your voice.”

3 Doors Down first found their own voice in 1995. It’s only gotten louder over the past two decades. Everything kicked off with their 2000 debut, The Better Life. The album went six-times platinum and introduced the world to their now-classic “Kryptonite.” Their fan base continued to grow with 2002’s triple-platinum Away from the Sun—which yielded the smashes “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” Both 2005’s platinum-certified Seventeen Days and 3 Doors Down [2008] bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 followed by Time of My Life’s #3 debut in 2011. In between countless sold out shows, the guys notched three Grammy Award® nods, scored two American Music Awards, and received a total of five BMI Pop Awards, including an award for Brad for BMI “Songwriter of the Year.”

2003 saw the group begin a tradition of giving back in a big way with the launch of their The Better Life Foundation [TBLF]. The organization has lived up to its name by giving as many children as possible a better life and supporting Center of the Prevention of Child Abuse, Habitat for Humanity, and various other charities. Its annual concert has hosted everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Sara Evans to Staind, Shinedown, and Alter Bridge.

Unified, unbreakable, and undeniable, 3 Doors Down remain poised for their boldest moment yet. This promise even stands encapsulated within the very title.

Us And the Night means, ‘Let’s just keep going until it’s just us left,’” Brad leaves off. “It’s an ‘us against them’ song. The world’s problems don’t have to stop us. Let’s forget about them, stop worrying, and enjoy the ride together. It’s an invitation to fans everywhere to do the same.”

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Hailing from the small town of Escatawpa, Mississippi, 3 Doors Down hit their peak in the 2000s with a string of post-grunge singles, most notably “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” and the ballad “Here Without You.” “Kryptonite,” with its minor-key shuffle and references to Superman, was the catalyst for the band’s career, generating an unprecedented buzz at a local radio station — Biloxi’s WCPR — during the band’s independent days. Such support helped make 3 Doors Down a regional favorite, enabling them to draw relatively large crowds to their local live shows and, consequently, extending their popularity beyond the Deep South to internationally famous clubs like New York’s CBGB

The founding members of 3 Doors Down — vocalist/drummer Brad Arnold, guitarist Matt Roberts, and bassist Todd Harrell — were raised in Escatawpa, a cozy town of 8,000 people. Although brought up in religious households, the musicians also felt the call of rock & roll at an early age, eventually forming a rock trio in 1994 to play a friend’s backyard party. As the years progressed, so did the band’s sound, and the group soon added guitarist Chris Henderson and retained a studio drummer so that Arnold could come forward and sing live. After touring the Gulf Coast’s venues, the band made its way to New York, where a showcase at CBGB brought 3 Doors Down to the attention of Republic Records. A subsidiary of Universal, Republic Records signed the musicians and issued their major-label debut, The Better Life, in early 2000.

The Better Life
 became one of the biggest-selling albums of 2000, going platinum four times during its first year of release and spawning several singles. The band furthered its success with 2002’s Away from the Sun, which debuted at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 and, like its predecessor, climbed to multi-platinum status. 3 Doors Down toured steadily throughout 2003 and 2004 in support of Away from the Sun, and issued the live EP Another 700 Miles in November 2003 as a holdover between studio efforts. The group returned with a heavier album, Seventeen Days, in early 2005. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and went platinum in its first week of release. A self-titled album, which followed in May 2008, repeated its predecessor’s success when it too debuted at the top of the Billboard 200.

3 Doors Down toured throughout 2009, released a digital-only acoustic holiday album at the end of the year, and began to work on their next album in 2010. With Howard Benson serving as producer, the guys shuttled themselves between L.A. and Tokyo, recording the album in both cities and eventually emerging with 2011’s Time of My Life. The following year saw the release of the band’s first Greatest Hits collection, which featured three brand-new tracks. These songs also offered fans their first look at incoming guitarist and former guitar tech Chet Roberts, who replaced founding member Matt Roberts (no relation). By 2013, bassist Todd Harrell had also departed, opening the door for another new member, Justin Biltonen. Sporting a new lineup, 3 Doors Down set about recording their sixth LP with producer Matt WallaceUs and the Night appeared in March 2016.

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Guilty Pleasures: Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Morrissey

The first album I ever owned was: Run DMC Raising Hell

My first concert was: Red Hot Chili Peppers Live at VCU Shafer Court

The last concert I attended was: American Nightmare

Favorite non-photography activity? Drawing

What was the first concert you photographed? First major band was AFI in Charleston South Carolina

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Woodstock

What was the first concert you reviewed? Morrissey Live at Red Rocks, Morrison Colorado

What was your favorite interview? Gwar during GwarBQ

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Morrissey

The last movie I saw was: Three Billboards

My favorite TV show is: Wild’n Out

My favorite food is: Vegan “Chickn”

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Almond Milk, Hot Sauce, Tofu, Veg Chickn, Sunkist Grape

My favorite non-musical activity: Riding Motorcycles

My most treasured possession is: my photo equipment

My biggest phobia is: drowning

My biggest pet peeve is: personal space

My favorite place in the world is: Hawaii

My dream car is: Electric VW Bus

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I’m 6 foot 4 inches tall with a lot of tattoos

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Photographing conceptual fine art

last updated: 03/2018

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Ron Claus

My goal is to continuously improve my skills as a photographer. I want my photos to tell a story, pull someone in, lead them on a journey and make them smile!

I work: The week as an Engineer; My free time as a Photographer

I enjoy: Being around people and having lots of fun! Part is spending time with my family, but I really enjoy discovering music, traveling and being outdoors.

Goals/Dreams: My goal is to continuously improve my skills as a photographer. I want my photos to tell a story, pull someone in, lead them on a journey and make them smile!

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
The WOW factor. I want Splice’s audience to have the experience as if they were at the concert themselves through my lens.

Splice (Bucket) List: Oh my, such a long list here, but I’ll keep it short: Rolling Stones, Metallica, Alice In Chains, Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Mark Lanegan, Red Wanting Blue

Guilty Pleasures: Going to the movies with a large bucket of buttered popcorn

The last concert I attended was: Joe Satriani G3 Tour 2018 at the Hard Rock Rocksino

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Sex Pistols, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Chuck Berry

Favorite non-photography activity? Aside from my family, I really enjoy attending motorsport events, airshows and hot rod cruise nights during the summer. Camera in hand of course!

What was the first concert you photographed? The Reverend Horton Heat was my first time photographing a concert

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Tough question, as I wish I could have photographed both Soundgarden & Nirvana

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Kristen Derr

My first concert was New Kids on the Block when I was 8

I work: software developer and photographer

I enjoy: traveling, sewing, cats, and snakes

Goals/Dreams: Travel as much as possible

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Concert photos from large venues and smaller clubs!

Splice (Bucket) List: Thursday, Circa Survive, Jawbreaker, Finch (if they ever get back together…)

Guilty Pleasures: reading advice columns

The first album I ever owned was: The Offspring- Smash

My first concert was: New Kids on the Block when I was 8

The last concert I attended was: Pianos Become the Teeth

Favorite non-photography activity? Creating anything! I draw, build things, and design and make most of my own clothes.

What was the first concert you photographed? My friends Jonathan Monument

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? I’ll always regret not getting into concert photography until after Finch broke up.

My most treasured possession is: My picture collection, going all the way back to my 35mm film camera from the 90s.

My biggest pet peeve is: When people drive slowly down the on-ramp and stop at the bottom. The ramp is there for you to speed up, not slow down.

My favorite place in the world is: New Orleans

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Temma Hankin

Goals/Dreams: A house with an avocado tree in the yard, and a garden full of tomato and pepper plants, so I can have fresh guacamole and salsa at all times.

I work: In the entertainment industry

I enjoy: Spending quality time with my dog.

Goals/Dreams: A house with an avocado tree in the yard, and a garden full of tomato and pepper plants, so I can have fresh guacamole and salsa at all times.

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
Photography

Splice (Bucket) List: Andrew W.K., Chromeo, Jungle, Missy Elliott, Die Antwoord, and if you’ve got a time machine handy, David Bowie.

Guilty Pleasures: Singing songs to my dog/re-writing songs to be about my dog and then singing them to him.

The first album I ever owned was: I had a box full of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Chipmunks cassettes. I’m sure that my parents heard “Heal the World” far more times than they ever wanted to.

My first concert was: Weird Al Yankovic

The last concert I attended was: Gramatik

My favorite book is: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Hot sauce, champagne, eggs, tofu, and garlic.

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I used to drive a Cadillac hearse.

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Daniella Heminghaus

Goals/Dreams: to own a home within walking distance of the beach

I work: as a photographer

I enjoy: all types of food

Goals/Dreams: to own a home within walking distance of the beach

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
covering up-and-coming bands

Splice (Bucket) List: Thursday, The Gaslight Anthem, Foo Fighters, and Noname

Guilty Pleasures: coffee

The first album I ever owned was: The Gaslight Anthem’s “The ’59 Sound”

My first concert was: Against Me!’s New Wave tour

The last concert I attended was: Sorority Noise at First Unitarian

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: a Fugazi / P-Funk show in DC

Favorite non-photography activity? reading

What was the first concert you photographed? Officially— The Bouncing Souls “Home For The Holidays” show at The Pony

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? any year of the revival tour would be cool

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Allison Souchuck

I enjoy collecting vinyl records and exploring abandoned buildings

I work: As a Police Officer.

I enjoy: collecting vinyl records and exploring abandoned buildings

Splice (Bucket) List: PVRIS, Taking Back Sunday, AFI, Senses Fail, PINK, Halsey, The 1975

Guilty Pleasures: trying new craft beers

My first concert was: Backstreet Boys

The last few concerts I’ve attended are: Real Friends with Boston Manor and Grayscale, Warped Tour x2, AFI, Paramore

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Michael Jackson

What is your favorite TV show? The Office, Chopped, Bob’s Burgers

What was the first concert you photographed? Warped Tour

My favorite food is: Cookie Dough

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Beer, cheese, pickles, milk, cookie dough

My favorite place in the world is: Las Vegas

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? working or traveling

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Allison Heimberger

my favorite non-musical activity: napping

I work: as a Lifeguard

I enjoy: Listening to music, playing my instruments, taking photos, and learning biology

Goals/Dreams: to become a doctor and/or become a professional musician

Niche:
Tell us about your style, and what you contribute to Splice that makes you unique
I capture live, energetic photos that are very in the moment and not posed or staged; strictly pure emotion

Splice (Bucket) List: The Happy Fits, Glass Animals, Hippo Campus, Freya, 3OH!3, Owl City, and Toto

Guilty Pleasures: Re-watching every season of The Office over and over

The first album I ever owned was: Led Zeppelin IV

My first concert was: Panic! At The Disco

The last concert I attended was: The Happy Fits

If I could have attended any concert in history, I’d go back in time and see: Led Zeppelin

Favorite non-photography activity? Biology

What was the first concert you photographed? The Happy Fits

If you could photograph any concert in history, what would it be? Definitely any classic rock band

What is your favorite non-writing activity? Creating art of loved ones

What was the first concert you reviewed? The Happy Fits

If you could interview any celebrity in history, who would it be? Hobo Johnson

I get mistaken for this celebrity: Natalia Dyer

The last movie I saw was: Super Dark Times

My favorite book is: Psycho

My favorite TV show is: The Office, Bobs Burgers, and Trailer Park Boys

My favorite website is: Facebook

My favorite food is: Pasta or ramen

Five items that are always in your refrigerator: Pasta, pizza, peach tea, cheeses, fruit

My favorite non-musical activity: napping

My most treasured possession is: My instruments

My biggest phobia is: The dark

My biggest pet peeve is: Rude people

My favorite place in the world is: New York

My dream car is: G wagon

My hidden talents are: Being able to hear a popular song and tell you what movies from the early 2000’s they were in

An interesting fact about me that people don’t expect is:  I can read peoples emotions really well

When you’re not photographing great concerts, writing about them, interviewing artists, doing album reviews… what can we find you doing? Practicing all of my instruments – flute, piccolo, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, and the ukulele. I also really enjoy painting watercolor portraits.

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