3 Doors Down founding member Matt Roberts announced that he’s decided to leave the band. Roberts grew up with lead singer Brad Arnold and bassist Todd Harrell in Escatawpa, Mississippi, where they formed 3 Doors Down in 1996.
The group, which now consists of Arnold, Harrell, Chris Henderson on guitar and Greg Upchurch on drums considers this split is an amicable one. Roberts has been dealing with health and circulation problems, and those health issues have been exacerbated by performing nearly 300 dates each year with the band.
“3 Doors Down will always have a special place in my heart and it saddens me to take this time off,” said Roberts in his official statement. “But my health has to be my first priority.”
“Matt is our brother and he will always be a part of this band and he will always be welcomed back with open arms,” added lead singer and founding member Brad Arnold.
3 Doors Down’s current tour and schedule will go on as scheduled despite the lineup change. They are currently performing dates across the United States on the ‘Gang of Outlaws Tour’ with ZZ Top and Gretchen Wilson.
3 Doors Down joined a team of volunteers to do some work at New Directions, a veterans residential facility at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center on August 24th. The rock band are donating $1 from every sale of its new album ‘Time of Our Lives’ purchased on HomeDepot.com.
“We’re all from south Mississippi. We grew up right next to a military base. So we have a lot of deep ties in the military, a lot of family members,” said Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down. “It’s a lot to be patriotic and we have a lot to be thankful for.”
Watch a report from Patch, featuring Harrell’s comments, below the cut. (more…)
3 Doors Down did a live set and interview for Walmart Soundcheck. Brad Arnold, Matt Roberts, Todd Harrell, Chris Henderson and Greg Upchurch spoke with the retailer about the meaning behind their new single ‘When You’re Young’, favorite songs on their new album ‘Time of My Life’, The Better Life Foundation, growing up in Escatawpa, Mississippi with not much to do except play music, tour plans, inspirations and being thankful to their fans.
“The songs on this record really just take you on a ride,” Brad explained. “After we recorded this record we really made an effort for the entire record to take you up and down. It really lines up where it is cool to listen to it from the front to the back.”
Watch the interview and the concert that includes performances of ‘When You’re Young’, ‘Heaven’, ‘What’s Left’, ‘Round and Round’, ‘Kryptonite’, ‘Away From The Sun’, ‘Let Me Be Myself’ at Soundcheck.walmart.com. Check out additional pictures from the event below the cut. (more…)
3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts chatted with Atlantic City Weekly about the band’s new album ‘Time Of My Life’, touring Europe, growing up in the south, and the Better Life Foundation. “We’re really excited about ‘Time Of My Life’,” Roberts said. “It met all our expectations as far as phonically and musically. We’re really, really pleased and ready to go out and promote it and get it out there. There’s usually a lot of down time after recording a new record, but when it’s done everybody’s excited about getting back on tour and playing it live to crowds.”
3 Doors Down performed in front of 40,000 fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Miller Lite’s Carb Day on May 22nd. Cameos include Paul Tracy of Geico Racing, Danica Patrick, a flirtatious Geico Caveman, and a 40,000 person sing a long. Watch the highlight footage below.
Rock acts on television this week include:
Chris Cornell, who visits ‘The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos’ (CBC) on Monday.
Living Things, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Wednesday.
3 Doors Down, who perform on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ (ABC) on Thursday.
Fall Out Boy, who perform on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Syndicated) on Friday.
3 Doors Down are set to bring their show to the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, as headliners for ‘Mississippi Rocks The Ryman’ on March 26th. A celebration of Mississippians in contemporary music, the show is a charity event for the Chris Bonds Memorial Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association. “We were honored to be invited,” said lead singer Brad Arnold. “The band started on the Mississippi coast fifteen years ago. We were playing gigs down there as a trio and plugging ‘Kryptonite’ to area radio stations and that’s where we were discovered.” Tickets to Mississippi Rocks the Ryman go on sale Saturday, February 7th at Noon. Tickets are priced at $75 and $65 and can be purchased at all ticketmaster locations, 615-255-9600, the Ryman box office and ryman.com.
3 Doors Down performed ‘Citizen / Soldier’ live for the New Year’s Eve special on CNN presented by Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin. Watch the performance, filmed at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia on December 20th, below.
3 Doors Down threw their annual charity show for “The Better Life Foundation” at The Hard Rock Biloxi on December 6th. The event included a silent auction, a long list of performers and of course a sold out crowd of rabid 3DD fans. Watch highlights from the evening below.
Rock acts on television on New Year’s Eve include:
Fall Out Boy perform on ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2009′ (ABC).
Daughtry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Cook and Scott Weiland perform on ‘New Year’s Eve Live’ (FOX).
Lynyrd Skynyrd, My Morning Jacket, 3 Doors Down and Hinder perform on ‘New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin’ (CNN).
All Time Low and The Academy Is… perform on ‘FNMTV Presents: A Miley-Sized Surprise … New Year’s Eve 2009’ (MTV).