Three Days Grace
July 15, 2015
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria Illinois
Three Days Grace would be the headliner for the evening and all I can say is Wow. When I broke the news to that I would be covering Three Days Grace alot of my rock music friends kept telling me that Three Days Grace isn’t the same without ex-lead vocalist Adam Grontier. To those friends that will read this review and those of you out there with that same train of thought let me say, you’re wrong, dead wrong to be exact. For those of you that are unaware Grontier was replaced by My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst back in 2013. Matt Walst reminds me alot of Papa Roach’s frontman Jacoby Shaddix. He was high energy for the entire show, running back and forth across the stage constantly playing to the crowd. He even left the stage at one point and finished a song on top of one of the two bars inside the Limelight. His vocals were crisp and clear and I could make out every word whether I was up front in the photo pit or in the back where I would watch from after getting my pictures. In fact the sound the entire show was on point. Sometimes you will go to a concert and see a band that doesn’t meet your expectations but that wasn’t the case with Three Days Grace. I felt like I was standing there listening to one of their albums, that’s how great they sounded. Brad Walst was joined on stage by his brother and bassist Brad Walst, Barry Stock on lead guitar, and Neil Sanderson on Drums. Their setlist would be 16 songs long covering all of Three Days Grace’s hits, as well as one of the best drum solos I’ve seen since Joey Jordison of Slipknot. The crowd would roar for the entire solo which also included a drum and piano interlude at the beginning. The keyboard for the interlude would be played by touring member Dani Rosenoer. The night would start with the song I Am Machine and would include other songs such as Chalk Outline, So What, Break, I Hate Everything About You, and would conclude with their smash hit Riot. From beginning to end Three Days Grace was sensational. Everything from the setlist, to the sound and all the way down to the lighting was exceptional. If you have a chance to see Three Days Grace on this or any other tour I highly suggest in doing so. You won’t leave disappointed.