Three Days Grace
Last week, Three Days Grace really rocked the stage at The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania with openers Devour the Day and Finger Eleven. It was certainly a show to remember and I had the lucky opportunity to witness it. The first band to kick off the night was Devour the Day.
Devour the Day
The excited voices from the various conversations between the fans bounced off the theater walls and soon melted into loud cheers as the theater was enveloped in darkness. One by one, each band member emerged from the shadows, the last to appear was front man, Blake Allison. Upon his arrival, the band immediately started their short but sweet set with “Respect,” “Blackout,” and “Get Out of My Way.” After having done a superb cover of “White Rabbit,” originally performed by Joey “Chicago” Walser’s and Allison’s former band, Egypt Central, the band finished their set with their current single, “Faith,” and their hit, “Good Man.” They surely warmed up the crowd for the rest of the evening.
The crew began to assemble the gear for Finger Eleven’s set and it didn’t seem too long before the band made their presence known. Finger Eleven began their set with “Five Crooked Lines,” “First Time,” and “Wolves and Doors.” Fans threw their horns in the air and bobbed their heads along to the beat of the songs being played before them. After “Gods of Speed,” “Above,” and “Not Going to Be Afraid,” the band slowed the set down by playing one of their hit songs, “One Thing.” The crowd sang along with front man, Scott Anderson, whole-heartedly. Sadly, it was time for the band to end their set but they did it on a fantastic note with “Save Your Breath,” “Drag You Down,” and a medley of “Paralyzer” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”
Three Days Grace
As Finger Eleven left the stage, the crew began to set up for Three Days Grace and the crowd prepared themselves for the band to conquer the stage. The overhead music quickly transitioned into the Three Days Grace’s introductory music, which consisted of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name Of,” snippets of robotic sounds, Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” and more snippets of robotic sounds. Then the theater was swallowed in darkness with the exception of a vibrant purple glow by drummer Neil Sanderson’s kit. He appeared from behind the drum kit, immediately beginning the beat to the first song of the set, “I Am Machine,” cuing the presences of guitarist Barry Stock, bassist Brad Walst, and front man Matt Walst. Next to be played was one of their older hits, “Just Like You,” immediately followed by “Chalk Outline,” “So What,” “Pain,” and “Break.” Fans sang along loudly with Walst and threw their horns in the air. After “Human Race” and “Home,” Stock and the Walst brothers left the stage as keyboardist, Dani Rosenoer, and Neil Sanderson performed an interlude, which was immediately followed by one of Sanderson’s heavy hitting drum solos.
Overall, all of these bands put on great shows and each had their own unique energy to unleash into the crowd. Be sure to check out their future tour dates. You will not want to miss out on these shows!