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article image3 Doors Down front-man talks 'The Rock and Roll Express Tour' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 12, 2018 in Music
Brookhaven - Brad Arnold, the front-man of the acclaimed rock group 3 Doors Down, chatted with Digital Journal about their "Rock and Roll Express" Tour with Collective Soul, and special musical guest Soul Asylum.
On August 14, 2018, they will be performing at The Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Brookhaven, New York. "We are going to be out there with Collective Soul and Soul Asylum, and we are really looking forward to this whole run and that show," Arnold said. "It should be a hot show by then. Everybody is having a good time, and we are looking forward to that. We will rock some summertime shows with those guys."
Arnold continued, "Come out to the show. We have one goal, and that is for people to leave our show with a smile on their face, so we want everybody to come out and have a great time."
Regarding their plans for the future, Arnold said, "A lot more touring, and we are probably going to start working on some new songs pretty soon, and we're going to record an acoustic album. Most of our songs are written acoustic, so it is cool to go back, revisit and record them acoustic, and allow them to be organic. We are going to keep on being a rock band."
Each day, the Grammy-nominated rocker is motivated simply by "looking back and realizing how blessed he is to do what he does for a living." "We have been through ups and downs, and God has taken care of me, and I am still here and I am still healthy and I am happy to be alive," he said.
For aspiring bands and musicians, Arnold encouraged them to stay true to themselves. "Also, don't fight amongst your band-mates, and write from your heart. Write what you want to write," he said. "If you do fight with your band, then resolve it and let it go. If you can keep your team together, and have everybody on the same page, then you won half the battle already."
The front-man (who hails from Escatawpa, Mississippi) shared that he would love to do more acoustic shows in the following year. "I enjoy the acoustic tours, and the electric shows too, but on the acoustic front, it gives you the change to stand up there, and do stripped-down versions of the songs," Arnold said.
Speaking of Mississippi, Arnold praised 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World Champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks (who is from Oxford, Mississippi) for representing his home state, as part of Team USA. "Right on," Arnold exclaimed. "That is awesome that he won the gold last year."
Digital transformation of rock music scene
On the impact of technology on the rock music business, Arnold said, "Written sales are a thing of the past, but at the same time, it opens up other avenues. It opens the doors to be directly connected with your fans, it knocks down all the walls that were there at one time, and it lets you be one-on-one with the fans. You can really reach out there and touch people without all the filters, and there are many avenues to put your music out there. That allows you to go on tour. We have always been more of a touring band, where we tend to make a record to go on tour."
On his use of technology in his music routine, Arnold said, "Technology sure makes capturing ideas a lot easier. You had to write it down in the past, now I can go into my voice mode and sing a few words, and go into my notes and write them down. Now there are apps where you can do it all in one thing. Technology makes the whole recording process more streamlined and more efficient, where you can be more creative. Our first record was probably one of the last rock records that was actually recorded on two inch tape, and I am glad I did it like that, since it allows you to compare how things used to be vs. how you do it now. It is so much easier now. If you use technology the way it is supposed to be used, it makes everything easier."
Arnold defined the word success as "Being happy with what you've done." "If you are happy with what you've done, it doesn't matter on what scale you've done it, and you can lay down and go to sleep at night, then you are successful," he said.
To learn more about multi-platinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down, check out their official homepage, and their Facebook page.
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