Columbus, OH, Lifestyles Community Pavilion, January 19, 2007

 

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

Three Days Grace hit Columbus with its not-so-fresh Billboard Award for Best Rock Single, Animal I Have Become, and a fresh new tour with Buckcherry. Although the band spent a lot of 2006 on the road, it seems each time Three Days Grace takes the stage improvements are being made with its live performance.

Singer and now proponent of a clean lifestyle Adam Gontier took the stage at the LC with an automatic command of the sold-out crowd. After a blistering 65-minute set from Buckcherry, the audience was already worked into a lather, so when Gontier and the rest of the band hit the stage at about 10:35, there was little to do to get the fans back into fever mode. But Gontier was able to keep the frantic flailing going for nearly 80 minutes; much due to the fact that the band began the set with Animal and even belted our their smash hit Just Like You as the third song, making sure fans would not have a minute to catch some breath.

 

What is quickly becoming a staple is that Three Days Grace is going to put together a solid live performance night after night. With Neil Sanderson bashing out the beats from his simple yet effective drum kit, his booming sound gives bassist Brad Walst and guitarist Barry Stock the chance to play with the crowd as well as Gontier as Sanderson works to keep timing in check.

 

It is usually easy for a band to get the crowd involved when playing radio hits, but Three Days Grace also works hard to mix in songs from both records (One-X and Three Days Grace) that diehard fans would want to hear. When the band broke into Wake Up and Riot it was time for the true fans to distinguish themselves from the casual listener. So many in the audience could be seen singing every word and especially during Never Too Late, those who sympathize and relate to Gontier's fight with addiction sang to him from their hearts.

 

Three Days Grace takes its music and its place as celebrity serious and with conscious. The former was proved on stage at the LC in Columbus, and the latter can be witnesses as the band play special performances at rehab and detention centers as well as shelters. Gontier and the band do this not for publicity or for acknowledgement but for the sheer fact that the band knows first-hand the horror and destruction addiction can cause. With this burden on its shoulder, Three Days Grace takes the stage each night with a chip almost the same size trying to prove to themselves and its fans that this band is worthy of paying a ticket price to see.

 

Three Days Grace showed through its live performance the Billboard Award was no fluke and that a long-term career for this band not only will mean more quality records and live shows, but hope for those who take the time to listen to Gontier's message of positive outlook and optimism.

Adam Gontier
Adam Gontier
Neil Sanderson
Barry Stock
Adam Gontier
Barry Stock