Three Days Grace Dispenses a "Painkiller" to Biloxi, MS
April 28, 2014
By: Lisa McDonald Clarke
Even the best oiled machines can experience a hiccup every now and then. Three Days Grace are not exempt from that statement. They overcame a few minor glitches Saturday night to thoroughly rock the Crawfish Music Festival in Biloxi, MS.
This show was the last of three nights in a row to kick off their tour with officially installed lead singer Matt Walst. Framing Hanley is doing pre-album-release duty in the opening slot and accompanied Three Days Grace to the Mudbug celebration. They had a worry-free 45 minute set that saw them bring out the tunes everyone wanted to hear along with several tracks from the highly anticipated new album, The Sum of Who We Are, set for release on April 29.
Three Days Grace opened their set with "Just Like You", switching things up from their opening night in Memphis. It's a great song, of course, but not the best set opener to really get the crowd moving. Next up was the new single, and the first featuring Matt Walst, "Painkiller". The song and the animated frontman got the crowd going quickly. There was a bit of confusion right after the guitar solo that left drummer Neil Sanderson and guitarist Barry Stock looking at each other with baffled expressions. They got back on track with the crowd pleaser “Break”, and a track from Transit Of Venus, “The High Road.”
A highlight of the evening was the inclusion of "Let You Down", taking it back to the band's self titled album on the song co-written by Matt Walst. The band followed it up with another old track, “Home”, which has been transformed into a 6 minute masterpiece featuring a brief cover of The Doors “The End”. Walst conveys the dark mood of the segment perfectly, truly a crowning achievement considering the source material. The three who man the front of the stage got a break to allow Neil Sanderson and keyboardist Dani Rosenoer to step into the limelight. Dani showed off his impressive chops while Neil has absolutely no trouble keeping up. After a few minutes of the duo, Dani stepped down and Neil continued on with a fantastic drum solo.
The rest of the band then came back out to finish the set with classics like “World So Cold”, “The Good Life”, “I Hate Everything About You” and new classic “Misery Loves My Company”. Matt misread the set list and began the pre-song rap for “I Hate Everything About You” just before “The Good Life” and the band experienced a stuttered beginning to “Chalk Outline”. However, they recovered well and with good natured grins and laughs among themselves.
For anyone who hasn’t seen this new version of Three Days Grace, please don’t miss it. I promise that you will never miss the old Three Days Grace after experiencing this new line-up. Matt Walst is a new man fronting his brothers band and it seems that this opportunity has pushed both Matt and the remaining members of Three Days Grace to new heights. This is a high energy show packed full of hits that will not disappoint even a casual listener of Three Days Grace. Run, don’t walk, to a performance near you!