On Friday night I finally got to see one of my favourites artists live in concert- Chris Daughtry and the rest of the Daughtry band. After seeing comments on Twitter about the performance in Cape Town, I knew I was in for a treat. Daughtry is brilliant. Fact. True story, but before I get to that let’s chat about the support act. British singer, Harry Brooks JNR had the duties of being the support act on this tour. Brooks JNR. has decided to kick-off his music career, as an artist, in South Africa, which I think is rad and his debut album is out in stores already I’m told. Look, his set was a little slow in terms of it being an acoustic one, but his voice his strong, commanding and powerful. His songs are meaningful and he performs them really well. I don’t think many of the 16 000 strong crowd were too stoked with his set, but I wish people would stop being so rude. I saw a couple of people boo-ing him and clapping when he had one more song to go. To those people, listen to the music, listen to his voice and appreciate his effort because in my opinion it was a really good effort. I’m pretty sure people would’ve complained about Prime Circle or The Parlotones being there instead because of them being everywhere, all the time. Well-done Harry. I’m looking forward to hearing more music from you.
A little after 9pm the lights were dimmed in the Coca-Cola Dome for a few moments. That brief interlude was pushed aside by a spectacular lighting extravaganza. The soundtrack sounded like something out of a Star Wars movie, but it worked. This carried on for about five minutes and as soon as the silhouettes of the band members came into view, the audience went ballistic. The first song on the bill was ‘Everytime You Turn Around’. What a great track and a nice way to kick things off. I’m not going into each and every track he played- partly because I can’t remember the order in which they appeared. I will say that when they played songs like ‘No Surprises’ and ‘Over You’, the crowd participation was brilliant. I still think it must be one of the most incredible moments for an artist when you’ve got the audience singing your song back to you. It gives me goose bumps, so imagine what the feel like. One of my all time favourite songs is ‘It’s Not Over’ and so when that song came up, I was well happy! At first, I didn’t recognize it because the arrangement was different, but it sounded good, so no complaints there.
In between songs Chris told the crowd about their involvement with the One Campaign. He expressed how important a cause of this nature and to experience it first hand was when reality really sunk in. He made it quite clear though that he didn’t want to preach and that the initiative wasn’t after money, but rather dedicated time by volunteers. So big up to him and the rest of the guys for putting aside some time to help out those who are less fortunate than the band. All in all, it wasn’t a long concert; just over an hour, but I felt as though it was perfect. The one thing that kept crossing my mind was the fact that Chris Daughtry was in the fifth season of the American Idol competition. In light of us finding out who will be crowned the new South African winner, I kept thinking I hope these two look at Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson from the US version and Heinz from ours. I hope the realise the opportunity this competition creates for one’s career. I hope they’re hungry like Chris and the others mentioned above to make a career as lucrative and successful as they others have because this is what an Idol should be. Check out some of the highlights in the clip above and if you were at the concert, be sure to share you thoughts too.
Last week I got my hands on the tour edition of Daughtry‘s second album, Leave This Town. This is of course as former American Idol star Chris Daughtry and the rest of his band make their way to South Africa next month. Let me tell you this album rocks! I’m a huge fan of Daughtry. Have been since the release of their self-titled debut, which not only scored them several number singles, but also got them a couple of Grammy nominations too. It’s Not Over is still one of favourite songs too.
On this album, you’ll get the twelve tracks previously released, plus three new tracks. In addition to those fifteen tracks, you’ll get eight music videos too. Good deal yeah. Here is the tracklisting:
You Don’t Belong
Everytime You Turn Around
Life After You
What I Meant
Open Up Your Eyes
Ghost Of Me
Learn My Lesson
Call Your Name
What Have We Become
Get Me Through
One Last Chance
Tuesday, 3 August 2010 – MNET, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm are excited to announce that American rock band Daughtry will be performing in South Africa for the first time ever during October 2010. The tour kicks off at the Grand Arena, Grand West Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town on Wednesday 27th October 2010 and culminates at the Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg on Friday 29th October 2010.
Daughtry released their self-titled debut album in 2006. A hit in both artistic and commercial terms, the GRAMMY®-nominated album spawned a trio of #1 songs (It’s Not Over, Home, and Feels Like Tonight), sold over 5 millions albums worldwide and was the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. Produced by Howard Benson (All-American Rejects, My Chemical Romance), released by 19 Entertainment/RCA Records, Daughtry earned multiple wins at the American Music Awards, the World Music and the Billboard Music Awards.
Daughtry topped the charts with its second platinum release Leave This Town (2009). The album entered at the top of the Billboard 200, making it the band’s second #1 album. Its first single, “No Surprise,” extended the group’s extraordinary streak of #1 hits to four and current single “September” is following the same path. Leave This Town again produced by Howard Benson mixes powerful rock to hushed ballads and emotional mid-tempo rockers. It also includes the country-influenced “Tennessee Line,” a track Chris Daughtry wrote with guitarist Brian Craddock that features vocal harmonies by country-music superstar Vince Gill. In addition to writing with all his band mates, Chris also collaborated with some of rock’s savviest song smiths for the album, penning “Learn My Lesson” with Mitch Allan and “Ghost of Me” with music producer Brian Howes; both of whom co-wrote songs on Daughtry’s debut. Leave This Town also includes stellar contributions from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.
Daughtry has made an impressive run of television appearances including NFL’s Super Tailgate Party at Super Bowl XLIV, NCAA Men’s Final Four Coke Zero Countdown and Pep Rally, The Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Dallas Cowboy Thanksgiving Day Game, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve show in New York City’s Times Square and are invited back for the second consecutive year on the Today Show Toyota Outdoor Concert Series.
Wednesday 27th October 2010
Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World.
Tickets from R221 – R399 including all service fees. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.computicket.com or via phone on (+27) 083 915 8000.
Friday 29th October 2010
Tickets from R221– R399 including all service fees.
One of my absolute favourite tracks; one of my favourite Idols contestants. Now according to Computicket, South African fans will get to see live Chris Daughtry and the rest of his band this October.This is good news! Very very good… I’ll confirm details in a bit.
Billboard Hot 100 Number 1:
The Black Eyed Peas-I Gotta Feeling
BBC Radio 1 Singles Chart Number 1:
JLS- Beat Again
Nokia Music Store Top Single:
Miley Cyrus- The Climb
Billboard Hot 100 Number 1:
Daughtry- Leave This Town. Brand new number one in USA. This guy still amazes me. Well done to Chris and the rest of the Daughtry band. Wicked!
BBC Radio 1 Number 1 Album:
Michael Jackson- The Essential
Nokia Music Store Top Album:
Watershed’s Staring at the Ceiling
Let’s check out the new single from Daughtry called No Suprises, which is taken off the number selling album Leave This town.
One of the most soulful rockers I’ve heard in recent years. He is brilliant. Daughtry’s debut album was one of the most successful albums of 2006/2007 and his new album is definitely one to look out for. Dropping at the end of the month, btw. While we wait anxiously for the album, here’s a song by Daughtry… you’ll recognise the song, I feel!
Chris Daughtry is one of the most successful non-winners of the American Idol competition. His first album was awesome, and this coming from someone who doesn’t love rock music all that much. That album though, damn. “It’s Not Over”, “Home” and “Over You” to name a few of the many hits that came off the self-titled album. Now the rocker, along with the rest of his band, is back with his follow-up album called “Leave this town”, to be released in July. The first single is called “No Surprises” and you can see the video below:
The Daughtry band is:
# Chris Daughtry – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
# Josh Steely – lead guitar
# Brian Craddock – rhythm guitar
# Josh “JP” Paul – bass guitar, backing vocals
# Joey Barnes
Be sure to find out more about the album in the next few weeks…