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3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
Written By: Gary Crouthamel
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3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
3 Doors Down - lead vocals Brad Aronold
3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
guitarist Matt Roberts
3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
guitarist Chris Henderson
3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
bassist Todd Harrell
3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
drummer Greg Upchurch
3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
Staind - lead vocals Aaron Lewis
3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
Staind - guitarist Mike Mushok
3 Doors Down/Staind & Hinder
Staind - bassist Johnny April
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ. July 23, 2008

        My middle round of my three-show tripleheader was a little more relaxed than the first. This brought Hinder, Staind and 3 Doors Down to the Susquehanna Bank Center. With the pavilion and lawn a little sparse of fans, Hinder hit the stage to a nice applause considering who was there and not in the parking lots waiting for the headliners. Hinder, who I only ever heard of but thought they were somewhat entertaining, reminded me of an early Motley Crue. Singer Austin Winkle and the band played two new songs off their upcoming November release date cd and their last two songs were the sing-alongs, "Lips of an Angel" and "Get Stoned" that everybody knew the words to. All in all, not a bad support act considering I've seen worse.
        Staind was up next, with their sixty-minute set and singer/screamer Aaron Lewis, guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April and drummer Jon Wysocki opening with "Price To Pay", "Just Go" and "Fade" with Lewis playing a patriotic flag-painted guitar. Then "Believe," their new single off the just released "The Illusion of Progress" album, got the crowd ready for "Falling", "Outside," and then Lewis launched into a solo acoustic take on Bob Seger's "Turn The Page" which was really good. But it was "It’s Been Awhile" that really got the crowd to stand up and launch their hands and lighters into the air. Then after "Right Here" and "So Far Away", the group closed its set with the guitar heavy "Mudshovel".
        After a short set change and the house lights down, 3 Doors Down hit the stage to a deafening crowd and with pryo going off and high-end video screen behind the pyramid-shaped drum riser. The band, singer Brad Arnold, guitarists Matt Roberts and Chris Henderson, bassist Todd Harrell and drummer Greg Upchurch, delivered a one-two punch opening with "Train" and "Kryptonite" to kick the show off. From there they rolled into "Citizen/Soldier", a tribute to American soldiers. In addition to the show were  videos on the massive screen hanging behind the drum kit, and the pyro and flame-spewing that was set up on both sides of the drum set as well. The band played a handful of songs off their newest album in addition to the greatest hits aspect of the rest of the show. The band, then charging through "Away From The Sun", "I Could Be Like That", "Let Me Go", "Be Like That", "Duck and Run", "Landing In London", "The Road I'm On", and new tune "Let Me Be Myself," fell into the forceful "Behind Those Eyes" and then went ripping through "Loser" to end the set. After a short break the band returned to the stage where the audience was still screaming, as they had been even before the band hit the stage and pretty much hadn’t stopped throughout the night’s show. For the encore the band opened with the new record's lead single, "It's Not My Time," before closing the show with "When I'm Gone." The  still screaming crowd continued waving lighters hoping for another return, but in the end what they got was an incredible 3 Doors Down show not to be forgotten.
Gary Crouthamel, concert photo/journalist
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