A week night show didn't stop Three Days Grace fans around North Carolina from coming out to The Fillmore in Charlotte and rocking out. This was the first show in NC since the release of their new record, Human, and fans were eager to get their front row spots and hear the new songs live, getting to the venue as early as 2 pm. Doors opened at 7 pm and fans quickly made their way to the front rails, the merchandise tables, and the bars.
A short hour later, the lights dimmed and Pop Evil took the stage. Pop Evil were the only openers on the bill so they had the solo job of getting the crowd warm for the headliners. They played a wide variety of songs from their collection, including their current single, "Footsteps", "100 in a 55", "Torn to Pieces", and "Deal with the Devil". Fans could be heard singing back lyrics above the music throughout the set. The band played for about an hour, closing their set with their single, "Trenches".
The stage was cleared to make room for the headliners and about 25 minutes after the end of Pop Evil's set, Three Days Grace's intro filled the room. "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine has become the signature intro for the band over the past couple years and fans eat it up every time. What perfect way to rile a crowd up than to play some Rage? Before the song was over, it was cut off to a recorded monologue and one by one, the members of Three Days Grace made their way out and opened their set with a punch, performing "I Am Machine". Frontman Matt Walst didn't spend more than a few seconds in one spot, running around the entirety of the stage and standing on the edge directly over fans, testing the energy of the crowd. The audience reciprocated that same energy back to the stage, throwing rock horns up and singing back the lyrics. The energy and excitement of the fans only grew as the night continued, with Three Days Grace playing a good 18-song set, spanning their entire 5 album catalog. Guitarist Barry Stock and bassist Brad Walst could be seen throwing out guitar picks to excited fans in front of them between playing songs including, "Just Like You", "Chalk Outline", "Pain", "Break", and "Human Race". The band changed up their recorded version of "Home" and stuck a cover of Tool's "Sober" in the middle of the performance. Marking the middle of the set, drummer Neil Sanderson and pianist Dani Rosenoer took center stage for a duet, eventually leading to a solo from Sanderson.
The band kicked right back into things after the solo, with "Painkiller", their newest single, "Fallen Angel", "The Good Life", "I Hate Everything About You", "Never Too Late", and "Animal I Have Become". As the band made their way off stage, the audience started cheering "THREE DAYS GRACE!", encouraging them to come back out for an encore. A couple minutes later, Three Days Grace made their way back to the stage and changed up their single-filled set with the raw track, "The Real You". Closing out the set was crowd favorite, "Riot", leaving the audience amped up and feeling like it was a night well spent.
Three Days Grace's live show continues to get better and better. Overhearing some conversations from audience members after the show, there was not one bad thing said. Definitely be sure to make your way out to a show on this tour if you can! It will be more than worth your time!