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Monday, March 19, 2007

Concert review: Daughtry rocks the Grog

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2007 at 5:02 PM

While Bo Bice is likely stalking members of 38 Special, Chris Daughtry brings the rock.
You can count me among the 1 percent of the world who could care less about American Idol, though I have to admit that once in a while a contestant catches my attention. At least those working to bring the rock. While Bo Bice is likely stalking members of 38 Special right now, Chris Daughtry and his appropriately named band, Daughtry, is on the road, bringing the rock to the masses on his first major headlining tour. While the tour could have easily filled much larger venues, Daughtry has wisely chosen to create a success story by playing small clubs that allow Idol fans to get up-close-and-personal with their hero. The March 14 date at the Grog Shop sold out in minutes, and tickets were selling for more than 10 times the original $20 ticket price on eBay. The openers were a hit-and-miss affair, with leadoff hitters Cinder Road falling in the miss category, while NYC rockers Eve To Adam delivered a tight set that was definitely a hit. All of this led up to Daughtry taking the stage shortly after 10 p.m. for a relatively short set that fell just under an hour. To say the audience ate up every minute would be a definite understatement. From the moment the band hit the stage, the shiny-domed Daughtry held court with a well paced set that featured most of his debut album. They opened with the atmospherically melodic rocker "Crashed," which set the appropriate tone for the evening. The audience wanted the rock, or did they just want Chris Daughtry? Perhaps a bit of both? The show also included a two-song acoustic set toward the end. Other cities have received cover versions of songs like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Rocket Man." Cleveland got everybody's favorite, "Black" by Pearl Jam, which led one excited attendee (old enough to know better, by the way) to scream out "Oh my God, they're playing Led Zeppelin!" The bass player apparently did some time in Suicidal Tendencies, so it is possible that by the time they get to Cleveland next time, we might hear an acoustic Slayer cover — it's at least something to hope for. —Matt Wardlaw

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