3 Doors Down is taking a back-to-basics approach with a new acoustic tour called “Songs From the Basement.” The group racked up an incredible string of nine No. 1 singles starting in the early 2000s with songs like “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.”
Despite their multi-platinum success, the Mississippi rockers are scaling it back for a historic acoustic performance 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre. Guitarist Chris Henderson called GetOut from the road.
Q: There’s something almost mythical about southern bands. Does being from the Deep South give you an edge or different take on music?
CH: Maybe. Being from the south there’s almost a default that we’re exposed to a larger variety of music than say Indie vs. Modern or Pop vs. Rock. We’re rooted in gospel, blues, country, so people that come from the south tend to be more receptive to something, let’s say, with a minor chord change to someone who only wants to play major notes or follows the same pattern. I think it’s definitely a bonus.
Q: 3 Doors Down became popular at an interesting time in the music industry, with the death of the major record labels and the rise of the independents as well as CDs falling to the wayside of downloads. How did you manage to survive the transition?
CH: We were lucky in that we broke through at the right time. We sold actual records and CDs before downloads. We came in with Nickelback, Stone Temple Pilots, the Foo Fighters and got into the market right before the bottom fell out. We were able at that time to establish ourselves as viable touring artists who could make a living on the road without having to sell records. The shift from selling records and CDs to downloads did affect how we delivered our music to our fans, but it didn’t affect our day-to-day operations or what we did on the road. Touring is really what has allowed us to survive all these years.
Q: Speaking of tours, you’re coming to Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre for an all-new acoustic tour. What’s the band’s intention in doing this?
CH: We’re going to take the songs back to the way they were originally written and basically deconstruct them backwards from the polished product you hear on the record to the way we originally wrote them in the basement. Well, Mississippi doesn’t really have basements, but we did write them in the den and garage…you sorta get the idea.
If you go
What: 3 Doors Down acoustic concert
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23
Where: Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
Information: (602) 267-1600 or CelebrityTheatre.com
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