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3 Doors Down – Bristol O2 Academy – 02/11/16 | Live Review

Mississipi rockers 3 Doors Down tore up Bristol’s O2 Academy, alongside fellow hell raisers Pop Evil. Read on to find out what happened!

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Even on a bitter and frosty November day, 3 Doors Down fans line themselves up outside of Bristols O2 Academy, as early as 3pm, in anticipation of the Mississippi rockers arrival from the US, to promote their new album Us And The Night.

Once inside, the crowd didn’t quite pack out the room however as time ticked on, more and more people began to arrive and before you knew it, you couldn’t even shuffle your feet without getting in somebody’s way. It seems that 3 Doors Down have made quite a lasting impression with a lot of people and it was so refreshing to see people from different generations come together to enjoy a good old fashioned rock show.

With bodies now packed in to every corner of the room, first up on stage were alternative American rock band Pop Evil. Formed way back in 2011, they have gone through more band members than plectrums, however their current set up is a seemingly perfect one. Introducing themselves to the stage one by one, they wasted absolutely no time in getting down to brass tax and threw down an explosive rendition of their most well known track ‘Trenches’. The unmistakeable infusion of funk to their music, stands them out as being one of the most enjoyable bands to watch, this is evident time and time again as the band revisit tracks from their first album Onyx and mix in a few from their latest album UP, with anthemic tracks like ‘Take It All’ and ‘Footsteps’. Pop Evil have tapped into something truly unique and they made for the perfect crowd warmers ahead of the main act.

It’s at this point the lights fade up slightly and the scramble to reset the stage begins.

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3 Doors Down, even though running a little behind schedule, finally made it to the stage with nothing but apologies and excitement to be kicking of their UK Tour in Bristol. The last time the band were this side of the pond was about 4 years ago so the crowd were understandably eager to get the party started. It’s with this that Guitarist, Chris Henderson begins to roll out the riff for the title track ‘Us And The Night’ and the room lights up! They go on to perform some of the biggest hits from their latest album, including ‘The Broken,’ ‘Love Is A Lie’ and the heart wrenching ‘Pieces Of Me’. 
One thing that stands out and continues to impress, is the untouched talent of the band. Where some artists fall flat when it comes to a live performance, 3 Doors Down do not fall into that category. Their artistic flair remains truly unspoiled and only stands to make the show so much more enjoyable.
Just when the night feels like it’s in full swing, the band wrap up a performance of ‘Kyroptonite,’ step away from their instruments and make their way backstage. Looking around, people are confusedly checking phones and watches and wondering what’s going on and then just as annoyance began to set in, the band returned to the stage to perform the most convicted rendition of ‘Here Without You’ and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Following on from this, the band performed their catchiest track to date, ‘I Don’t Wanna Know’, to end the evening on an ultimate high.

Having reached the end of a perfect evening, it’s safe to say that even if 3 Doors Down don’t bring the kind of noise you’re looking for, they’ll bring a kind of sincerity and genuine talent that you cannot ignore. A band to win over any heart. Playing for the awareness of their personal charity, The Better Life Foundation, the boys are dedicated to helping change the lives of those who need it. It is a truly incredible cause so head over to the bands website, right HERE, to find out more.

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