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Three Days Grace, Buckcherry play the Metroplex Friday.

SAY GRACE: At the Metroplex.
  • SAY GRACE: At the Metroplex.

Three Days Grace and Buckcherry, both known for their no-holds-barred heavy rock, will perform in concert at the Clear Channel Metroplex on Friday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $24 and available through Ticketmaster (975-7575, www.ticketmaster.com).

Both bands have made well-received appearances in the Little Rock area in the past six months. Buckcherry, which opens the show, packed Juanita’s recently in its tour promoting “15” and the single “Crazy Bitch,” which earned the band a Grammy nomination for best hard rock performance.


Three Days Grace formed as high school kids in Canada in 1994, but it took nine years before the group enjoyed North American success, rising all the way to No. 2 in the U.S. modern rock charts with the single “I Hate (Everything About You).” A year later, the band followed it up with the modern and mainstream chart-topping “Just Like You.” “Home,” the band’s third hit, actually performed better on the mainstream charts than in modern rock, reaching No. 2.


Adam Gontier, who fronts the band, said of “I Hate” in a telephone interview last summer (which appeared on the Arkansas Times entertainment blog “Little Rocking”) that “at that point in my life and our lives, [the song] was representative of us.” It’s been said the song is directed at what drug dependence does to a person. “It’s funny, different people relate to that song on their own levels and own ways. A lot of people saw it as a relationship song, and a lot of people saw it just basically that there is something in your life that you don’t need there anymore. So, it’s really cool that it has different meanings to people.”


Last June’s CD release, “One-X,” spawned the hits “Animal I Have Become” (seven weeks at No. 1 on the mainstream rock chart, two weeks at the top of modern rock) and “Pain” (six weeks at mainstream No. 1).


“It’s quite a bit different from the first album,” Gontier said. “We worked with a different producer this time around, and we evolved as songwriters and a band this time around. The album still has the same elements, being heavy at times and light at times, but we just put them down in a different way.”


Gontier said the band — which also includes Neil Sanderson, Brad Walst and Barry Stock — were fans of the classic acts like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, groups from a time period where fans bought a record for the whole package, including the artwork. That, he said, has inspired their style of record making.


“Most of the true fans of the band who bought the new record, the response I heard was that they loved the record as a whole. We aren’t really like the bands who write 30 songs and pick out the best for the album. We sit down and write down 11 or 12 songs. True fans love the record from front to back. It was the same for this newest record. We sat down and wanted to write 12 world-class songs, and I think we did.”



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