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Brad Arnold: vocals
Matt Roberts: guitars
Todd Harrell: bass
Chris Henderson: guitars
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."
GET THE FACTS ON 3 DOORS DOWN !
Debut album The Better Life
Sold over 6 million copies.
Reached the #1 spot on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart.
The Better Life was a Top 10 album on the Billboard Top 200 for 13 weeks
Successful radio singles from The Better Life:
"Kryptonite" #1 song at Active Rock format for over 10 weeks in a row
#1 song at Mainstream Rock format for 9 weeks in a row
#1 song at Heritage Rock format for 15 weeks in a row
#1 song at Modern Rock format for 11 weeks in a row
#1 most requested song at Rock Radio for 13 weeks in a row
#1 on the Top 40 Mainstream Chart for 4 weeks
#1 Rock Song of The Year (FMQB)
"Loser" #1 song at Active Rock format for 9 weeks
#1 song at Heritage Rock format for 7 weeks
"Duck & Run" #1 song at Mainstream Rock format
#1 song at Heritage Rock format
"Be Like That" #1 song at Modern AC format
3 DOORS DOWN became the first debut act to have a #1 single at 4 formats simultaneously with their single, "Kryptonite"
2000 Billboard Music Awards won - Best New Rock Band
Rock Song of The Year
Modern Rock Song of The Year
American Music Award won- Favorite New Artist
BMI Songwriter of The Year won- Brad Arnold (lead singer)
2001 Blockbuster Award won - Favorite Group - New Artist
Grammy Nomination - Best Rock Song