Opening Night - House of Blues Anaheim
Just got back from the House of Blues concert, and for any of you planning to attend one of the upcoming shows, Daughtry did NOT disappoint! (As if they even could !) So whether you paid face value for a ticket or paid through the nose with a ticket broker or eBay - so worth seeing Chris and the boys in a small venue.
The show kicked off pretty much on time with Cinder Road, formerly known as "Plunge". They were actually really good, and did about 6 or 7 of their own original songs. The lead singer, Mike is a cutie, as is the drummer, Mac. Meet them if you have the chance!! They are both really sweet and SO EXCITED to be on the tour!! Eve to Adam was okay - a much louder, harder sound than Cinder Road. I would love to know what anyone else who went thought of them. Really nice guys, though.
Daughtry came on at around 9:45, opening with "Crashed". Chris had on his signature jeans with wallet chain, and an untucked dark grey button down shirt that was off by the third song. "Its really hot in here..." he told us as he stripped down to a white tank top. Ugh, yeah it is Chris!! : )
I can't remember the exact order of the rest of the songs he did, but played everything from the CD except the last 2 songs (All These Lives, What About Now). His last 2 encores were Its Not Over and There and Back Again, plus did U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday (which was amazing) and another song not on the album that he said he and one of his best friends wrote together.
After the show was over, we went up to the HOB patio to see if we could catch any of the band(s), and actually met EVERYONE (with one noticeably glaring exception...) Staying true to his blog, Chris apparently headed back to the buses after the show to save his voice, which, so early on in a tour that looks to be pretty grueling, is understandable. Anyway, we got to meet and take pictures with everyone from Cinder Road and Eve to Adam, plus Joey, Josh Paul, Josh, and Jeremy (who is still on the tour -- at least for now!) It was so much fun talking to all the guys and hearing just how unbelievably psyched they all are about Daughtry and the Tour's success so far. They're all just taking it all in, and seem to be pinching themselves. Its really cool to see.
A few other details -- nice Daughtry gear ($20 t-shirts and $40 hoodies) plus shirts and CDs from the other 2 bands.
Like many others on this site, I was shut out from purchasing tickets for face value online through Ticketmaster, and unfortunately had to resort to eBay, which we all know sucks. However, if you are a real fan of Daughtry and are on the fence about whether to bite the bullet and spend $100 a ticket....if you can do it, DO IT. Totally worth every penny to see Chris and the band in such a small, intimate setting. We all know its not going to be this way for very long, so enjoy it if you can, while you can.
Its almost 2am PST, and the tour buses are getting ready to head down to San Diego for tomorrow's show at Belly Up. See you all there, and Chris if you happen to read this, GREAT JOB tonight and CONGRATS!! I hope you'll be able to say hello to all the fans who love you after tomorrow's show. We won't let you hurt your voice, promise!! : )
Goodnight all!! ~ Amy