February 14, 2014 |
By: Brandon Cannon | @BG_Cannon
(Pittsburgh)- All American rock band 3 Doors Down spent their Valentine’s Day playing a uniquely intimate show at the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.
As one of many stops on their “Acoustic: Songs From the Basement Tour,” 3 Doors Down created a concert experience unlike any seen to date. With the stage set as an everyday home basement, 3 Doors Down invited VIP ticket holders to sit on couches right with them for the duration of the show. Ultimately, regardless of if you were a fan on stage or sitting in the audience, everyone felt the “rehearsal” like experience.
Front man Brad Arnold welcomed the intimate 2,000+ crowd to “the Basement” before starting the show with the emotional song “Father’s Son.” Fans of all ages wasted no time accepting the band’s invitation to openly interact with them all throughout the show. Naturally, fans wasted no time taking advantage of such a unique opportunity to talk to the band and reversely, 3 Doors Down did not hesitate to share inside details of their tour and music.
“We wanted to take this tour and make it seem like you’re seeing us at the core of what we do. Everything…. everything starts acoustically. If you can’t tear down a big rock song and make it acoustic, you’ve done something wrong.” Brad Arnold took opportunities such as this to remind the crowd of why the band is who they are. He also thanked God on numerous occasions for blessing the band with the fortune they’ve had stating, “Hell, you have to be blessed by God to be rednecks like us and come so far.”
An all-acoustic set truly made fans realize the deeper meaning behind every song recorded and played by 3 Doors Down. Something about the music and atmosphere of this show separated it from anything of its kind. 3 Doors Down embedded an idea in every fans mind that they are important to this world. For one fan in particular, the open atmosphere proved to be awe-inspiring.
As the show concluded with the fan favorite song “Kryptonite,” the crowd erupted in applause and standing ovation for the band. Then, the band re-emerged for an emotion filled encore unlike any seen before. During the encore set, a man wearing military attire proceeded to walk right to the front of the stage and kneel down. As security approached the man and asked him kindly to return to his seat, Lead Singer Brad Arnold shoed away the security guard, allowing the soldier to remain front and center. At the conclusion of the encore the band thanked security for their efforts but firmly said, “Any man or woman who serves our country can be front row with us.” The crowd produced more noise and applause than could ever be imagined for the front row soldier and 3 Doors Down.
The band then concluded the night with the hit song, “When I’m Gone” which was dedicated to all of the brave men and women in our armed forces.
Perhaps it was the unique setting. Perhaps it was the power of music. Perhaps it was deep appreciation for heroes who protect this nation. Regardless of why, everything seemed to come full circle for 3 Doors Down fans on that Valentine’s Day night.