3 Doors Down Talk "The Greatest Hits", Touring With Daughtry and More
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:32:24
3 Doors Down just issued their first "best of" collection, The Greatest Hits, but they've got such an unforgettable catalog it's hard to contain everything on just one disc. Classics like "Kryptonite" and "Be Like That" are present as well as three undeniable new gems—"One Light", "There's a Life", and "Goodbyes". For singer Brad Arnold, those staples still resonate with him but in different ways.
"Life changes, and nothing ever stays the same," he ponders. "But, it's funny how those same songs can relate to something different in your life at another time".
It's a testament to how enduring the band's catalog truly is, and it only heightens excitement for what's next.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold talks The Greatest Hits, "One Light", and so much more.
What's the story behind "One Light"?
It's meant to be an inspiring song. It's really about taking the world and making it better than you found it. It's about giving more than you take. If we all took that attitude, the world would be a great place man!
The song's a bit heavier. It's cool you have that positive message in there.
It is! I like the fact the song turned out driving like that. Heavy songs don't always have to be negative and talk about dark things. Listening to a song that's driving with a positive message is different. I think people are ready to embrace that idea. You have a responsibility to fans. They look up to what artists say. When you're an artist, you have a really good opportunity to say something positive to them, and you should take it.
What's your favorite of the new songs on The Greatest Hits?
Between "One Light" and "Goodbyes", it's hard to say. I like "Goodbyes" a lot. That song means a lot to me. It's not really a happy song, but I think a lot of listeners will identify with it. We were doing it at the show the other night. I have a little talkback mic that I can talk to my monitor guy with and tell him to change something in my ears or voice. I went back and got him to change a little something. He said, "Man, every time you play that song it makes me cry". I think a lot of people will be able to relate that song to a situation in their lives. Everybody has someone in their life that they miss or face a situation they weren't ready for the end of. Sometimes, those goodbyes are hard.
Do you feel like the lyrics really ring out more in the ballads?
I think they do! It's those lines that people come back to you and talk to you about years later, which means so much. Looking back to "Away from the Sun", that song has always meant something to me, but I never realized how much those songs mean to people. In a sense, fans need those songs. Somebody will come back and say, "This song helped me through a really hard situation in my life". There's nothing better that I could hear. There are songs which have helped me through situations in my life. You hold on to them forever.
Did assembling The Greatest Hits bring back a lot of memories?
It was like making a photo album in a way. It's cool to look back at those songs and remember where I was when I wrote them and what they meant to me. At the same time, you think you might get up on stage and go on autopilot for a song you've done a million times. However, you don't. A lot of times, I'll be singing "Here Without You" on stage and thinking of my wife or something I'm going through. It's honestly a bit of exhausting. Every time you sing the songs, you relive them in a way.
What do you think of now when you think of "Kryptonite"?
Honestly, it means more to me now than when I wrote it. When I wrote it, I thought was cool. It had a story, and it was talking about my friends and unconditional friendship. Looking back, it means a lot more to me now. Life is bigger to me now. I wrote that song when I was 16-years-old. Sometimes, the problems that seem so big then compared to when you become an adult. There are much bigger problems to deal with. That song still rings true through them. We were just a bunch of kids on that first record. So many of those songs were written when we were teenagers.
You're on the ninth Better Life Foundation show. It's incredible you're able to use music to give back so much.
I never thought it would get this far! I'm so happy to be a part of this foundation. Our fans have made that thing happen for so long now. We've been able to do so much good stuff with it. It's going to be awesome this year. Daughtry is going play it with us. The year before last we started a motorcycle ride with The Southern Thunder guys and the Mississippi National Guard. The first year we had about 40 riders. It was cold and raining. Last year, we had 400 riders. This year, we're anticipating between 600 and 700 riders. The event keeps growing and growing. We have a ton of cool auction items this year. At some points, you think you have a down year. This year is going to be the biggest.
What's the art of sequencing a set list for 3 Doors Down?
It's hard [Laughs]. There are so many songs we want to play. On the tour with Daughtry, we're each playing 75-minute sets. We figure our hits will take 40 to 45 minutes. For the rest of the show, we're going to learn three sets of songs and rotate them out every night. That will keep it new for us. The crowd won't see the same show every night, and we'll have a chance to play stuff we don't usually get to play. Of course, we're going to play everything they want to hear.
What's your favorite 3 Doors Down song?
Watch the band talk "Be Like That" here!
Watch the band talk "Away From The Sun" here!