3 Doors Down & Candlebox

3 Doors Down•Candlebox•July 20, 2023• USANA Amphitheatre

Reviewed and Photographed by Alisha Gregson

Photo Credit: Alisha Gregson

Usana Amphitheater is a favorite venue for many local concert lovers. Their 2023 season has already been an exciting one. On July 20th, fans gathered to watch 3 Doors Down perform with the opening band Candlebox. I arrived at the amphitheater shortly before the first band was scheduled to begin. I was surprised to see an empty lawn. I am used to seeing a lawn covered in blankets and eager fans. During this concert, however, the lawn was not used, and everyone who purchased a ticket had a seat.

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The front area which is often used as a general admission section was now filled with folding chairs. Instead of fans crowded around the barricade, they sat in rows up to the front. While the small size of the crowd may have lessened the normal level of excitement felt at USANA it also created a more intimate feel that is rare at a venue that size. Additionally, it lead to no lines at bathrooms. I only had to wait a  minute or two in line to purchase water. So while I would have loved to see a bigger turnout, there were some perks. 


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The night kicked off with an explosive performance by Candlebox. The group originally formed in Seattle in 1990 and is known for their grunge sound. Candlebox had multiple hits in the ’90s, including “Far Behind” and “Change.” Despite a hiatus in the early 2000s, the band has continued to tour and release music, with their latest album, Wolves, dropping in 2020. 

From the moment they took the stage, it was clear that Candlebox meant business. They launched into their set with a ferocity that was impossible to ignore. Their gritty guitar riffs and powerful vocals reverberated through the amphitheater, captivating the audience from the very first note. They had the crowd singing along at the top of their lungs, creating an atmosphere of pure rock and roll euphoria. 

Their performance was made extra special when they invited former bandmate and local musician Sean Memphis Hennesy to join them on stage and play. I spoke with a few people who knew Hennesy, and they were excited to see him play. I also enjoyed seeing the way they interacted with the crowd. At one point, lead singer Kevin Martin pulled out a sharpie. As fans near the front handed over vinyl records and other band merch, he began signing autographs without missing a beat of his performance. 

Candlebox ended their impressive set with an incredible performance of their song “You.” Martin dedicated the song to many of their fellow musician friends who are no longer around. Candlebox did an excellent job entertaining the crowd and proved that they still had what it takes to command a stage and leave a lasting impression.

3 Doors Down

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Just as the sun was setting, the members of 3 Doors Down walked onto the stage one by one. When lead singer Brad Arnold reached the center, the band began their first song, “Pop Song.”  Arnold made a joke about how they opened their concert with a song that nobody knows. The rest of their set would of course include many of their well-known songs. The concert was part of the band’s 20th-anniversary tour for their Away From The Sun album. Away From The Sun was released in 2002 and was the band’s 2nd studio album.  Arnold told the crowd they would be playing the entire album, plus a few of their other hit songs. 

From start to finish, 3 Doors Down delivered an unforgettable performance. Their show was a nostalgic journey through their impressive discography. Songs like “Here Without You,” and “It’s Not My Time” had the crowd singing along with every word, their voices blending in perfect harmony. The band’s musicianship was impeccable, with each member showcasing their incredible talent. The stage was alive with energy, and you could feel the passion pouring out from every chord strummed and every drumbeat played.

One of the standout aspects of the concert was 3 Doors Down’s incredible stage presence. They commanded the stage with confidence and charisma that was truly awe-inspiring. Frontman Brad Arnold’s powerful vocals and captivating stage presence drew you in. The band members moved seamlessly across the stage, interacting with each other and the audience in a way that made you feel like you were a part of something special. They made sure to acknowledge the crowd between songs, expressing their gratitude for the unwavering support of their fans throughout the years. It was evident that they genuinely cared about creating a memorable experience for everyone in attendance.

The concert drew fans from all walks of life, each with their connection to the music of 3 Doors Down. I had the chance to speak with some of these passionate fans, and their testimonials were a true reflection of the impact that the band had on their lives. Many spoke of how the music had helped them through difficult times, providing solace and a sense of understanding. Others shared stories of how the lyrics inspired them to chase their dreams and never give up. It was heartwarming to see the profound effect that music can have on people, bringing them together and reminding them that they are not alone.

3 Doors Down saved their hit song “Kryptonite” for their Encore. As the final notes echoed through the amphitheater and the crowd slowly dispersed, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of gratitude. The concert had been a whirlwind of emotions, leaving an indelible mark on all who were fortunate enough to be there.

If you ever have the opportunity to witness the power and energy of 3 Doors Down and Candlebox live in concert, don’t hesitate. Grab your tickets, gather your friends, and prepare for a night of pure rock and roll bliss. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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