Seemingly from out of nowhere and in the middle of the night, the Mississippi-based band 3 Doors Down has sneaked its debut album “The Better Life” into the top 10 owing to the multiformat popularity of its catchy rock radio hit “Kryptonite.”
So at the sold-out Palace, the band’s first local show since its CD started selling, there was one question: Is 3 Doors Down just another one-hit wonder, in league with the songwriting devil for its one and only shot at stardom, or does the youthful quartet (plus a fifth touring member) offer something more to chew on, something to pin some hope on?
Sadly — but not surprisingly — the group’s Hollywood show, which clocked in just short of an hour, revealed very little artistic purpose or substance, to say nothing of originality; 3 Doors Down seemed like just another bar band with a strong home town following (what else is there to do in Escatawpa, Miss., anyway?), a band that would be a decent opening act for Hootie & the Blowfish.
Frontman and songwriter Brad Arnold, initially the band’s drummer, sang of “passing away, on to the better life” during the show’s opening number, but if it’s this kind of generic rock that he expects to get him there, he may well be in for a big disappointment.
His uninspired bandmates, all faceless and underwhelming, offered zero in the excitement department, collectively creating the sort of lame “cheer on cue” vibe in the young crowd that’s usually associated with TV tapings.
Recognizable riffs by Metallica (during “Smack”), Rush (“Dead Love”), 311 (“Down Poison”) and various Southern rock bands populated the songs, creating an altogether bland and unimpressive live attraction.
“Kryptonite” was saved for near the end of the show and everyone happily sang along, although continuous unintended guitar feedback ruined even that vainglorious moment.
Ongoing tour is sponsored by a whiskey company, whose familiar logo was well positioned at this mostly underage show on numerous posters, the backstage passes and even on the side of the headlining band’s bus.