Grace: Concert Review
A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, PA
November 4, 2003
By: Linda Spielman
It seems as though the
music world has had an invasion of Canadian groups and solo artists
during the past few years. In the 1960s there was the British Invasion,
and during the 1970s and 1980s, there was a trickle of talent from
our "neighbors to the north" such as Bryan Adams and Heart.
However, we're finding out that Canada has more to offer than just
Celine Dion, as noted with the group Three
Days Grace, who are opening for fellow Canadians Nickelback
on their current tour of the United States.
Gontier, bassist Brad Walst and drummer Neil Sanderson all grew
up in very small towns in Ontario--- so small in fact, that your
business was everyone's business. Growing up and growing older in
that kind of "fishbowl-esque" environment fueled a lot
of the band's early material. Adam Gontier elaborates that the desire
to escape from that environment led the band to relocate to Toronto
in 1997, "Like any small community, you get to a certain age,
and you feel like you have three options. It's either sports, drugs
or, for us, it was music. It was a way to get out."
Once in Toronto, the
band befriended fellow Canadian musician, songwriter and producer
Gavin Brown. Brown's reputation in the area and his determination
in the pursuit of great songwriting was the much needed guidance
that Three Days Grace needed to launch their career. Within a few
years, the band was signed to a publishing deal with EMI Canada
and eventually, landed a label deal with Jive Records.
With the band's first
single, I Hate Everything About You, released and doing moderately
well on alternative radio, Three Days Grace have teamed up as a
support act for fellow Canadians Nickelback on the current tour.
Being the first of three bands (Trapt rounds out the lineup) is
always hard for any new band and even having a song out on the airwaves
doesn't guarantee audience acceptance. However, during the forty-five
minute set, the audience took a growing interest with each song.
The applause increased and small mosh pits popped up throughout
the set, which is always a good sign for a new band. Fortunately,
they were allotted a decent time slot which enabled them to play
almost their entire album. Songs such as Burn, Scared,
Let You Down and I Hate Everything About You gave
the audience a full, unabridged taste of their sound from every
musical angle. They didn't try to win the audience over with a lot
of talk between songs and seemed more than grateful for the opportunity
to be on the bill with Trapt
For any up and coming band, it is important to connect with the
fans. After their set, Three Days Grace was outside at the merchandise
table signing autographs, chatting with the crowd and making new
friends fan by fan.