Formed in 1996, 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from the small town of Escatawpa, Mississippi that managed to dominate the charts for a short time early in the 21st century. The band at their peak consisted of Brad Arnold (drums/vocals), Matt Roberts (guitar), and Todd Harrell (bass). They were soon joined by drummer Richard Liles and guitarist Chris Henderson who supported the bands’ first album on tour. Other members of the band over the years include Daniel Adair on drums, Chet Roberts on guitar, and Greg Upchurch also on drums.
Although the band is still together, they reached the pinnacle of their success with their very first single, “Kryptonite”, which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and has been played on the radio consistently since its peak in 2000. The name of the band came from a trip to Foley, Alabama where the three original members saw an old sign that was missing some letters so it read “Doors Down”. The rest as they say is history.
History of 3 Doors Down
After performing together off and on for a couple of years, 3 Doors Down officially formed in 1996 and they created a demo CD which included the song, “Kryptonite”. The first version of the song was played at WCPR-FM and was the most requested for 15 straight weeks. The power of the song was such that it managed to open doors so to speak into the band playing at the legendary CBGB’s in New York. They were quickly signed at that point by Republic Records.
On February 8th, 2000, the first studio album from the band, “The Better Life” was released and it went on to sell over three million copies. Powered in large part by “Kryptonite”, the album also featured two other hit singles, “Duck and Run” and “Loser”. At this point, Richard Liles was hired to be the drummer so that Brad Arnold could step out and front the band.
“Away from the Sun”, the second studio album was released on November 12th, 2002 and beat out its predecessor with over four million copies sold. The album itself featured support from legendary Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson who produced and performed on “Dangerous Game”. Riding high on their success, “Another 700 Miles”, an EP was released in 2003 which featured a well-received cover version of the Lynard Skynyrd classic, “That Smell”.
2005 saw “Seventeen Days”, the band’s third studio album which also went platinum. The singles “Let Me Go” and “Behind those Eyes” garnered the most success and the band followed it up with a live DVD called “Away from the Sun: Live from Houston, Texas”. Their self-titled fourth album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 on May 20t, 2008 and featured “It’s Not My Time”, “Train”, and “Let Me Be Myself”.
3 Doors Down in Niagara Falls
After undergoing numerous line-up changes, 3 Doors Down released its sixth studio album on March 11th, 2016 titled, “Us and the Night”. Over the years, one of the proudest achievements of the band was the formation of The Better Life Foundation which helps charities in the prevention of child abuse as well as Habitat for Humanity.
3 Doors Down is coming to Niagara Falls this May for two nights, May 12th & 13th. They will be playing all of their hits and a few interesting surprises. For more information view our: