Three Days Grace Orlando Concert Review
Smack dab in the middle of a killer line-up at Amway Center, Three Days Grace took the stage at Amway Center with a lot more uncertainty than you’d expect from a band that’s been touring together for fifteen years. Longtime front man, guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier unexpectedly left the band less than two months ago.
The band’s solution? Add Matt Walst, the brother of bassist Brad Walst and front man of My Darkest Days. He quickly jumped into Gontier’s role, and absolutely kicked ass. He was superb, sounding great, flying around the stage and making the arena his own. It was an amazing performance for a guy who two months earlier wasn’t even in the band.
After an energetic set by ska/metal rockers P.O.D., Three Days Grace took the stage beneath a kitschy “Welcome to Las Venus” sign and exploded into a searing version of “Chalk Outline.” Matt Walst was all over the stage throughout the night and played to the crowd masterfully.
Longtime guitarist Barry Stock was in top form all night. He shined during a searing version of “Pain” where he grabbed a double-necked guitar, playing both the 12 string and six string during the song.
Walst aptly introduced “The High Road” with “Thanks for sticking by Three Days Grace; some people drag you through the mud, but we chose to take the high road,” then he got the crowd to sing along with their hands in the air.
Neil Sanderson offered up an entertaining drum solo with a little help from Dani Rosenoer on keyboards. Immediately afterwards, Walst shared, “They say rock and roll is dead. Look around you. Rock and roll is not fucking dead at all! I want you out of your seats for this next one,” and then kicked into a rocking version of “Misery Loves Company.”
The crowd favorite was an interactive version of “I Hate Everything About You,” but the highlight for me was a cool cover they offered up near the end of their set. Stock grabbed the mic and thanked the crowd for showing up and introduced his mates on stage. He then invited friend Sean Hamm to take the lead vocals on a raucous cover of Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff,” an absolute blast, that led nicely into the finale “Riot,” which had the crowd bouncing and singing along.
A great way to end the set and warm everyone up for Shinedown. (See our Shinedown review here)
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