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Story and photos by Andy ArgyrakisWith five studio CDs under its belt across the past decade and over 16 million albums sold, 3 Doors Down is firmly established as one of today's most consistent modern rock acts. No, there's nothing groundbreaking about its straight forward charge of gravely vocals, growling guitars and heavy-handed percussion, but every song the band churns out is undeniably infectious, and often times, quite motivational or downright inspirational.
Making a return trip to The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, which transformed itself into a general admission main floor to accommodate more fans, the Mississippi-bred band cranked through 100 minutes of singles and tunes off the new *Time of My Life* (Universal Republic). The project was produced by stadium shaking mastermind Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, The All-American Rejects, Papa Roach) and cuts like the title track and "What's Left" didn't disappoint when it came to anthemic appeal.
Additional fist pumpers chronicling the last ten years included "Away From the Sun," "It's Not Me" and "Citizen/Soldier," the latter of which served as a poignant tribute to the troops. Even more emotions were stirred up during the current "When You're Young," a monster ballad about growing up and pursuing a dream amidst a series of pressure-filled circumstances.
There were also plenty of reasons to sing along loudly, including the sonically similar reflective cut "Here Without You" and the full-throttled southern rocker "It's Not My Time." The hits kept on coming during the encore, starting with the group's breakthrough track "Kryptonite" and escalating all the more with "Believer" and "When I'm Gone." Even if its formula remains unchanged, a final bow to the toast of several thousand screams suggested 3 Doors Down is well on its way to a longevity-filled career.
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