Guitar rock isn’t trendy. Acts like ZZ Top and Parquet Courts aren’t topping the pop charts these days, but rock ’n’ roll never goes out of style.
If you look at the schedule for any venue, you’re going to see a large number of guitar-centric acts like 3 Doors Down, returning to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, Aug. 17.
Here are 3 things to expect at the 3 Doors Down show:
1. GUITAR ROCK
“Guitar rock is one of the most established genres of American music,” said 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold, speaking over the telephone from his adoptive home of Murfreesboro, Tenn. “To me, it’s almost better when everybody’s not doing it because, for the people that want that, it leaves you out in the open for them to hear you, rather than being amongst the fog of everybody doing the same thing.”
It has been 21 years since 3 Doors Down formed in Escatawpa, Miss. Today, the group is rounded out by Chris Henderson (rhythm guitar), Chet Roberts (lead guitar), Justin Biltonen (bass) and Greg Upchurch (drums).
2. NEW MUSIC
The group’s latest album, “Us and the Night,” was released in 2016.
“As much as we try, I don’t think we’ll ever get away from guitar rock,” Arnold said. “On ‘Us and the Night’ we really left it open to go in different directions but as much as we can aim to the right or the left, the top or the bottom, but our sound is always going to get pulled back toward the middle. That’s always who we’re going to be and that’s cool with me because I don’t really know anything else.”
3. MORE FUN
For Arnold, the biggest change was his decision to get sober in January 2016.
“I was never too much into drugs, but I drank too much,” he said. “There wasn’t anything traumatic that led me to that, it’s just I started playing in bars when I was 16 years old. I started drinking then and I got out here and started living this life. You just wade a little deeper in the water and a little deeper and then, all of a sudden you’re drowning. Going to treatment is the best thing I’ve ever done.
“I think our show has gotten a little bit better in the last year in and a half or so because everybody in the band is now completely sober,” Arnold added. “We have more fun and we put more into our shows. Not that we were always trashed out there, but I think you can definitely tell the difference in the shows. We just do better now.”