Band looks to past, future

By John Benson

Since the turn of the century, 3 Doors Down has been a hit-making machine.

The rock act has sold more than 11 million albums based on popular singles such as “Kryptonite,” “Loser,” “Duck and Run,” “When I’m Gone,” “Here Without You” and “It’s Not My Time.” Now the band is looking back and forward with a 2012 greatest-hits effort and co-headlining this summer alongside Daughtry. The bill rolls into Youngstown on Monday for a show at Covelli Centre.

A quick check of 3 Doors Down’s current set list reveals a cover of Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction,” new track “One Light” and fan favorite “Kryptonite” with Daughtry, the former “American Idol” singer, joining in.

The Vindicator talked to 3 Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson about bassist Todd Harrell’s recent troubles with the law, the band’s instantly identifiable sound and why the more haters the better.

Q. First of all, your bass player is in some serious trouble facing a charge of vehicular homicide after causing an accident that left a man dead. What’s the band’s comment about this tragedy?

A. It’s just really sadness for all who have been touched. We’re going to get through it. Everybody is going to get through it. We’re still going to tour.

Q. Speaking of the tour, how did the co-headlining jaunt with Daughtry come about?

A. We’ve been trying to tour with Chris for years, and we finally got together last winter. That worked out so well we were like, “Let’s add more dates.” That became the second leg, and now the third leg is even bigger.

Q. As far as releasing a greatest-hits effort, for many bands that marks the end of a chapter. Do you feel that’s where 3 Doors Down is now?

A. We were looking to kind of have an avenue for new music, and we thought that it’s time to put out a couple of new tracks, but maybe not do a whole record. Maybe kind of test the waters. Our next full length will be a little bit more edgier, a little more rock ’n’ roll versus trying to do what people expect us to do. Like the song “One Light,” it’s fun to play, it’s heavier and a rock track, versus the midtempo thing that we’re known for.

Q. Still, releasing a greatest-hits album allows you to look back. What comes to mind when you reflect on what 3 Doors Down has accomplished during the past decade or so?

A. Your career kind of spans in front of your eyes, and it’s kind of surreal. We recorded a lot of songs — 75 to 80 — over the years, and that’s a lot of work and quite an accomplishment. I don’t know that we really have grasped the difficulty of that. It’s not the easiest thing to do. Most bands don’t get a chance to do a record versus a second record, let alone six.

Q. Finally, though 3 Doors Down has enjoyed platinum success and popular tours over the years, music critics haven’t always been complimentary. How have you dealt with the negativity?

A. It’s one of those things where if they hate our record, it does pretty good. And they’ve hated every record we’ve ever done from the first one to last one. So that tells me the next one we put out they’re going to hate. And that’s cool. So if they hate it, I think we did a good job.

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