You have a new drummer playing with you in 3 Doors Down now, Daniel
Adair, that joined after Josh Freeze from a Perfect Circle played
on the album. Fans that have seen Daniel live seem to have reacted
positively to him. Is he or will he become a permanent member
of the band?
He's got to pay his dues first. I mean this band has been together
9 years and he's been with us 6 months. He's got a long way to
go before becoming a permanent member, but he's well on his way.
I'll say that.
How was Rick Parashar to work with as a producer?
he's brilliant, a brilliant musician and a brilliant person. He
knows what he wants. He knows what he wants to the point sometimes
where it's almost too much and you've got to say, "Hey look here,
buddy, it's my song, watch out!" But that's good, that's what
you want. That is what you hire a producer for. It has to be a
strong personality because you have five of the biggest egos in
one room. We're not big ego guys when it comes to everyday things,
but when it comes to music we are, especially together. If you've
ever been in a band, or where they create for a living, they take
pride in what they create. It's a wall we put up when we are creating
that we don't want anyone to step into or break down or shatter.
It's our own little world. You've got to hire somebody who you
feel confident enough in to do that. Everybody in the room has
to feel the same way. That's the way we felt about Rick, just
by talking to him. So it was a wonderful experience and the album
progressed and came out better than I thought it was going to,
honestly. So we were very, very impressed.
I understand that you shot a video for "When I'm Gone" and then
used a different one. What was the story behind that?
the video came up just like every video comes up. We read treatments.
We paid the money and brought directors in. We did it in Mississippi,
during a hurricane, Hurricane Isodore when it came ashore. We
already scheduled, the hurricane came in and we were like, "Screw
it, let's do it". The wind wasn't blowing that hard. I
mean it's just a little hurricane. (Everyone laughs.) We brought
in about 150-200 extras and left them out there all day, in the
rain, in the swamp, in Mississippi, in October. So, needless to
say it was cold and wet and we left them out there all day for
about 18 hours out there in the hurricane and filmed the video.
My wife (he had chatted about his wife before we started the interview)
was in it as a matter a fact. We did the video, the video came
out great. The whole theme was us being buried and when I'm gone,
when I'm dead and gone type thing. We got the video edited, got
it home and approved it. We were shipping it to MTV the next day.
In the meantime, we went and did the Europe thing with the Navy.
We brought a photographer out with us, the camera never quit rolling
unless we were asleep. They put all that military stuff together
with "When I'm Gone" and the label put it together with a video
director who edited it together, sent it to us and we're like
"Wow!". I mean, I cried when I saw it. So, that's how the one
video got pushed aside, the really expensive one! (Chris
ad libs) "Well, this million dollar one. Ah, look at me, I don't
know what to do with all my money!" So we put that video away,
but you can see it in Canada and Europe.
Do you know what the next single will be and if so, why that one
Road I'm On" is the next single. I wanted it to be the first single.
It was a label, management and band thing. The reason it is, is
because "When I'm Gone" went so far on rock radio and then it's
starting to be picked up by Top 40. Top 40 and rock radio are
two totally different animals. Rock radio needs another single,
they want another single. If we drop a Top 40 single on rock radio,
they're not going to play it. Then we are going to lose our rock
radio base. So we have to play it smart, drop another rock song
and let Top 40 do what it's going to do…cause rock is where
were are, we are a rock band and we want to take care of the rock
audience. If we don't, we are shooting ourselves in the foot.
So, it has to be a rock track, that's the logical choice.
You've said "Away From The Sun" on this album is your masterpiece….why?
number of reasons, but the biggest reason is that song was written
from the soul of this band at that particular time it was written.
It was the one song, when people talk about music coming from
their heart, coming from their soul, that was the one song that
came from this band as a whole, at a point in our lives and careers
when we were "Away From The Sun", literally. We didn't know what
our future was up in the air. We had this much success, we were
used to this much success and we wanted to have that success again.
Our next record wasn't out yet, we were skeptical, the label was
worried and our manager was like "uh-oh". The fans, we couldn't
get arrested in our home town cause our album had been off the
shelves and our songs were going away. We were kind of scared.
That song came out of that feeling, "Away From The Sun". That
is our masterpiece. That is how you want it to happen.
How have the shows on the tour with Theory of a Deadman been going
Those are some really nice guys too. We've been on the road with
a lot of nice bands and with a few we don't like. Not as bands,
but personally as people. That's rough to say…
…It's even harder to do for two months straight!
Personalities, sometimes it's hard to put all those egos in one
building. It's hard to contain it. Rock stars can be messed up
people sometimes. A lot of them have personality disorders and
think that they are the shit and blah, blah, blah. A lot of guys
don't but they don't mix. We get along with these guys great.
They are a great live band and I think the two types of music
seem to mix well. Our fans seem to love them and their fans seem
to love us. It's a match made in rock and roll heaven. I can't
think of another band I'd rather be out with right now.
Which guitar players influenced you the most and why?
were three, Steve Gaines, Gary Rossington and Alan Collins from
Lynard Skynard. Well, there was four, Alex Leifson, too. I want
to hear someone playing the guitar from inside of them and hear
what they were thinking. There's a point where you get so good,
you lose what you feel and it sucks. And those guys aren't like
Who do you think are some of the world's best guitar players in
the world today?
hmmm, Derrick Trucks. There's a guy from Canada, Dave Martone,
he is unknown, there's a lot of feeling there. This guy is real
good, I think he's one of the best guitar players I've ever heard
in my entire life, bar none. That's actually how we got our drummer,
from his band. I'll just tell you the whole story, it's kind of
weird. I was sitting in the studio and listening to this music
behind me and I was just getting into this guitar player and I
never heard it before. I asked the studio manager, "who is that?"
She goes its Dave Martone, the record is Martone, if you want
it, I'll give you a copy of it. I was like; great I'd love a copy
of that because the guy is amazing! But then I was listening and
I was like the drummer is so good in this band. She's said that's
my friend Daniel. I was like, Daniel, does this band tour? Is
this a band that's out? She said nope, there're local. I couldn't
believe it cause they are so good. I said, so this guys doesn't
have a gig? And she said no. I was like, he does now. So I asked
to meet him, she introduced me and ten minutes later he was our
drummer. I knew it when he walked through the door and I saw the
smile on the guy's face.
Is there any band or guitarist that you've personally never seen
live that you would love to?
there is a few. I'd love to see Zeppelin live. I know that's not
possible anymore. When I was 6 or 7, my brother wanted to go and
my mom said if you take your brother you can go, and he bowed
out. I wish I could of saw that concert. I wish I could have saw
the original line-up of Skynard and Rush.
In the notes of your current album, "Away From the Sun", you dedicate
to the memory of Denny Morgan. Who was Denny and what impact did
he have on your life?
was my cousin. He was my first cousin. Actually, my first cousin's
husband. Probably the biggest 3 Doors Down fan I ever met. He
was an older fella, he'd been to 50 shows and traveled, he followed
us in his van, him in his wife. They came to a lot of shows, man.
Everything 3 Doors Down he was. If I had trouble, I could call
him. I miss him terribly. (Editor's note: This question clearly
was unexpected by him, you could feel how close he was both to
Denny in his words, tone of voice and by the fact that he was
holding back tears at the end of the answer, which is why I think
he stopped so quickly. It was extremely moving.)
What are some of your most memorable fan interactions?
just meeting a lot of kids at a lot of different times, it all
runs through me. Every once in a while you meet one that is kind
of a little different. You can tell. Just the other night in North
Dakota, a kid got kicked in the face by a crowd surfer and he
had this gigantic goose egg on his face. I walked back stage and
he was sitting there with an ice pack and tears, he was probably
11-12 years old and tears coming down his eyes and blood coming
down his nose. I walked over to him and asked, are you OK? And
when he saw me, you could just see all the pain left him. That
was probably the most memorable fan interaction I've ever had.
To even make it worse, when he saw Brad he was like, who are you?
Excuse me. That was cool too.
Being on the road in a band is hard thing for any person. You
are married with three children, what do you do to maintain that?
is tough, man. There has got to be a lot of honesty there and
a lot of trust. If you ever betray the trust part of that you
can fucking forget it. It will never work. It's something
that people have to understand. Honesty and trust, nothing else
can make that work. That is what you have to have. You've got
to have a lot of communication. Ya know what? A cell phone doesn't
work, plane tickets work for communication. E-mail doesn't work.
E-mails and cell phones don't work, you've got to have face time.
You have to keep everything real, man. You can't try to hide anything
from each other. Both ways, everything has to be up on the surface,
that's my recommendation…
If you weren't in 3 Doors Down what would you be doing today?
be playing music somewhere, maybe not for a living, but I'd be
doing it. I've done it all my life, ever since I was 11, I've
been in a band. I can't think of a time in my life when I wasn't
in a band or looking for a band. There are three types of musician's,
in my opinion, there's one that's in a band, one that just got
kicked out of a band and one that is trying to put together another
band… (everyone laughs)
When you go online and message board forums, and chat rooms dedicated
to *you*, are you flattered or does it just freak you out?
still freaks me out sometimes and I'm flattered. Being the guitar
player a lot of times the stuff is about the lead singer, so I'm
off the hook. Ya know what I mean? Which is a little comfortable
to me because I'm shy? If it's something that is good I get excited
about it, if it's something that is bad, I also get excited about
it. It's kind of neat either way. Just to see my name somewhere,
other than on my driver's license is kind of cool. It's a dream
I ever get an opportunity, I just to like to say thanks to any
and all the fans that think they deserve thanks because they all
do in my opinion. There's a lot of people out there, I won't say
any names that think the fans are there because they're there.
It's the other way around, they are there because the fans are
there. The fans put them there. If they think I'm kidding, wait
five years. You'll find out. So, I've got to say thanks man to
all the people that listen to us, that like our stuff and even
the people that don't like our stuff. Thanks for going on the
message board and saying we suck. Because it's our name on the
message board and any advertising is good advertising. God bless
all of them…
you for coming out, I really enjoyed our chat.
Good luck with the tour and we'll see you soon.
Harrell of 3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell says his head has been spinning
since his band scored the 2000 hit "Kryptonite" from
its debut album, "The Better Life."
kind of happened really fast for us," he said. "Now
[things are] a little more at ease. I know what to expect from
different situations. We just did a lot of learning that first
of the Escatawpa, MS-based band's success has come from surprising
places. After its sophomore album, "Away From the Sun,"
spawned the power ballads "Here Without You" and "When
I'm Gone" the group learned it had many fans among military
families and troops.
turned out that the military's kind of adopted that 'When I'm
Gone' song," Harrell said. "We got the chance to go
overseas and play for some of the guys right before all the wars
and stuff broke out"
continued: "It was a real good experience for us. ['When
I'm Gone'] is just a song that a lot of them guys can really relate
to. … Them guys in the service, they give up a lot to keep
us free over here."
talked to liveDaily during his band's recently concluded tour
about "Away From the Sun," a new album that is in the
works and the band's mindset.
you surprised by the tremendous success of "Here Without
success of the single just kind of blew up. We always hoped and
hoped for that. It has kind of been something to watch. It's just
kind of unreal to watch it all unfold, you know?
you were writing the song, did you see it as a hit?
knew it was a good song. Definitely it was going to be a strong
one, didn't know it would do quite as good as it's done.
me about the songwriting process in 3 Doors Down. Do you write
primarily at home, on the road?
depends. Throughout the tours, we'll be throwing ideas at each
other. And when we come off the road, we all gang up in a house
somewhere and start putting it together. We do it all together.
Brad [Arnold, singer] does all the lyrics and the rest of the
guys, we just all get together and do the music. We write the
music and Brad writes the lyrics.
long did it take you to write "Away From the Sun"?
think it took us three months to write the last one.
does that compare to other albums?
was fairly short. I think we're going to try to do this next one
even quicker. We want to put out one even before this year's up.
[W]e're going to take a month off, then we're going to get right
back into the writing process, then head into the studio sometime
in the summer. Hopefully, we'll get it out by September somewhere.
you started writing new material yet?
We've been writing for a little while now. We ain't all sat down
and put nothing together. We just kind of been bouncing around
is the tone of the new material?
think it's going to be along the same lines. It's probably going
to be a little more heavier, a little more rockin'. [On "Away
From the Sun," we were] kind of shell-shocked from that first
record, you know? We were thrown to the wolves, as you might say.
It took us a little while for our heads to quit spinning after
the first tour. I think that's kind of what we wrote about--being
away, and being gone and away from family and friends. I think
that's kind of what we touched on [with] the last record. This
time, we're in a little bit different place. I think we're going
to get back to the rockin'.
would you describe the place you're in?
more comfortable. I think we're just a little more at ease. We
kind of know how things work now in this business. You know what
I mean? Got a little better understanding of things and we're
just gonna get back to what we know.
Down with Matt Roberts from 3 Doors Down
Interview by Kelly Ladd
How has life changed since the last time you played Hard Rock
Live Orlando last October?
Matt Roberts: A pretty good bit. 'Cause that was a long time ago.
We've been all over the world several times. I feel like I've
aged like 20 years since the last time I was here.
HardRock.com: If the Doors were still around, would you open for
them, or would the Doors open for you?
Matt Roberts: They would open for us. (laughs)
HardRock.com: What do you think of all the bands getting famous
by doing covers (Orgy: "Blue Monday" and Limp Bizkit:
Matt Roberts: To each their own. We haven't delved into that aspect
of it. I don't think it's in our near future. But so be it. They've
seen success, so good for them.
HardRock.com: What did you dream of becoming when you were growing
Matt Roberts: I don't know. I guess probably being in a similar
position as I am now, as far as being an entertainer or that kind
of field. Maybe not necessarily a rock star, but something in
the public eye.
HardRock.com: In your wildest dreams, did you ever think that
you'd be where you are today?
Matt Roberts: No, I'd only hoped that.
HardRock.com: Do you ever hang out with your fans after the show
to check out the local scene? And if you do, which city calls
to you the most?
Matt Roberts: You know, unfortunately, as vigorous as our tours
have been, we don't get that much time to bask in the cities that
we go to, but probably, I don't know…Miami is a great town.
We got to hang out there. We've had some festivals out there.
It was a beach crowd. I liked that.
HardRock.com: When can we expect a new album?
Matt Roberts: Mid-to-late Spring 2003.
HardRock.com: How will it be different from The Better Life? What
new direction are you taking with it?
Matt Roberts: I don't think we're taking any specific direction
as far as a different direction. The songs on our first record
are five to six years old and I think you are going to see our
music has matured a bit. We've matured as writers. It may come
out a degree different, but I think it's going to be a continuation
of 3 Doors Down.
HardRock.com: Kryptonite's Superman's weakness, what is yours?
Matt Roberts: I guess, ah, I don't know, I guess any kind of addiction.
I'm a pretty addicted guy. Not heavy, hard drugs or anything like
that. But I would have to say tobacco is mine.
HardRock.com: What do you do and where do you go when you have
a few days off?
Matt Roberts: Ah, geez, when I have a couple of days off, I'm
HardRock.com: Back in Mississippi?
Matt Roberts: No, I live in Mobile, Alabama. I do anything from
hang out at my house, have a lot of my friends at my place, or
be out on the water—jet skiing or fishing, just get away
HardRock.com: While onstage, does your mind ever wander? And if
it does, what do you think about?
Matt Roberts: Oh, my mind wanders all the time. Sometimes my mind
wanders so far that I think "What do I want to order for
dinner after the show?" You never can tell. I try not to
wander, but it happens.
HardRock.com: And finally, do you have any thoughts or words that
you want to send to the people in D.C. and New York?
Matt Roberts: Yeah, absolutely, we actually just left Washington
D.C. I was able to witness some of the calamity first hand and
see some of the destruction. And, you know, we've actually donated
a lot of money to the Red Cross. We hope all of our efforts that
we've made in the past and future plans that we make, future donations…
I just want to see everyone out there in our position to do the
same thing for the rescue workers and the citizens. Just get involved.
Just to make it happen.
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