:: Three Days Grace ::
:: Ogden Theatre ::
:: March 31 ::
Photos and words by Johnny Concert
Three Days Grace loves Denver, Colorado. At least that is what singer Adam Gontier told us like 20 times last night. He went on and on about how good we have been to the band and how supportive we are and how great we are to spend our hard earned money to see them time after time. And, of course, flattery got him everywhere. The crazed crowd ate it up with a spoon.
It’s true though. The sold out Ogden Theatre show was a tough ticket, with scalpers charging $80 per out front. T-shirt sales were brisk, and everyone in the audience knew the words to every song.
Three Days Grace — one of KBPI’s most played bands, for years — possesses that something extra every rock group dreams about. It’s hard to put your finger on it. It’s something that defies description – that je ne sais quois. I think it has to do mostly with the lyrics. They say the things we think about and feel, but they condense our rambling, drawn out, disorganized thoughts perfectly into two lines or a chorus. In essence, they are pouring our hearts out.
But in the end, that je ne sais quois is the conveyance of emotions. Three Days Grace can send shivers up and down my spine whether I like it or not. They are so powerful, they can control your emotions with a certain note or tone or word. They are professionals.
As you might imagine, TDG played every hit they’ve ever written. The highlights include the song ‘Home’. ‘Home’ is about feeling trapped, and the group always exudes tons of energy when they play this one. Often times, TDG will do a medley with this cut. I have seen them segue into the Filter classic ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot,’ but on this occasion Gontier led us in a call and response session to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’:
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
Again, everyone knew every words . . . and it totally worked.
Another unexpected moment came when TDG called Sean ’The Hammer’ Ham to the stage. (Yeah, I have no idea who he is either). The Hammer took the mic and TDG played the Limp Bizkit song , ‘Break Stuff’. And yet again, it totally worked – the masses were moving.
Then came my favorite one, ‘Never Too Late’. The intro – and recurring acoustic passages – reminds me a little of an Alice In Chains song – in a good way. “This world will never be, What I expected, And if I don’t belong, Who would have guessed it”. And yet . . . there is still hope.
I have been saying for years that there are no good bands that were formed after 1990. And 90% of the music I listen to today, was written before 1990 or was made by a group that formed before 1990 and is still making great music. But Three Days Grace is one of the exceptions that proves my rule.