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  • The Second Night of Daughtry’s “Break the Spell 2012” Tour

    Openers: SafetySuit
    The Convocation Center – Dekalb, IL

    All Photos by Paul Weber

    Daughtry is:
    Chris Daughtry – Vocals
    Josh Paul – Bass
    Brian Craddock – Guitar
    Josh Steely – Guitar
    Robin Diaz – Drums

    Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU Campus

    Daughtry is out on tour supporting their 3rd studio album, Break the Spell. The album has already been met with rave reviews and, as expected, last night showcased much of the new material off the album. Their previous albums Daughtry and Leave This Town lead to the band snagging top music awards and nominations.  They took home several American Music Awards for Breakthrough Artist, Best Adult Contemporary Artist, Best Pop/Rock Album, as well as being nominated for several Grammys, and numerous Billboard Music Awards.  It’s no doubt that band is back and ready to meet the success of their new album head on and they are doing it the best way they know how…touring. Daughtry’s Break the Spell 2012 tour started Tuesday night at University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois.  It really is only beginning of this hefty summer tour that is set to end June 13th in Austin, Texas.

    Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU CampusDaughtry started the night off on the right foot as the band hit the stage promptly at 9 p.m.  Newcomers SafetySuit had the crowd warmed up and ready for Daughtry to hit the stage.  Chris Daughtry can sing a tune and his live show is much like any of the Daughtry records.  It’s a true test to hear a band live to see exactly how much the production engineer at the studio altered vocals and sounds.  Chris passed the test of talent and didn’t skip a beat last night.

    The night was filled with many new songs from Break the Spell including the self-title track, “Renegade,” and “Crazy” to just name a few. Chris informed the crowd that Break the Spell was the new record they had out, yet I am sure 99% of the people in the arena knew that factoid. After he mentioned the new album he told the crowd that they were going to be perform many of the new songs off the album and he nonchalantly added with a smile, “some old ones too.”   Chris introduced “Outta My Head” as their upcoming single and noted, “This is probably my favorite song off the new album.”Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU Campus

    While Chris and the guys were on top of their performance, the sound wasn’t.  The Convocation Center at the NIU campus is an arena that was meant for sports not concerts.  The empty seats behind the band were a contributing factor to fans inability to really hear Chris’ vocals, especially if not seated directly in front of the stage.  The sound bounced around so much it was a bit distracting.  Don’t take this as a jab at the band, as it was more circumstantial and the show really needs a backdrop behind the stage to prevent that from happening again. However, I did expected a bit more stage production for this tour as the band has a huge following, numerous accolades, and 2.4 million followers on Facebook alone. The band had a much stripped down rock show, where there usually is nothing wrong with that, but they are playing arena’s where there is a lot of space around them and they could have used some visuals or even a “light show” to enhance the experience.  Yet maybe I am still just a bit bitter about the sound.

    While I am a music critic, I really mean nothing when the crowd speaks for themselves.  Even without a pop and circumstance, the loyal Daughtry fans loved the night and the mix of the old as well as new material.  The Break the Spell Tour is one to see before the summer ends. Tour dates and photos from the show are below.

    Break the Spell *New Song
    Feels Like Tonight
    Crawling Back to You *New Song
    Losing My Mind
    Out of My Head *New Song
    Crazy *New Song
    Start of Something Good *New Song
    What About Now
    Spaceship *New Song
    Louder Than Ever *New Song
    Over You/No Surprise
    Running Down a Dream
    Rebel Yell
    It’s Not Over

    Photos from Daughtry’s set at the Convocation Center in Dekalb:

    Daughtry’s Break the Spell 2012 Tour Dates:

    9  Moline, IL  iWireless Center
    20 Buffalo, NY    Shea’s Performing Arts Center
    21 Reading, PA    Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center
    24 Toronto, ON    Massey Hall
    25 Cleveland, OH    Palace Theatre
    27 Atlanta, GA    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
    28 Little Rock, AR    Robinson Center Music Hall
    30 Nashville, TN    Ryman Auditorium
    31 Louisville, KY    Louisville Palace Theater

    2   Columbus, OH    Veteran’s Memorial
    3   Cincinnati, OH    Music Hall
    4   Pittsburgh, PA    Benedum Center
    7   Greensboro, NC    Greensboro Coliseum
    9   Charlotte, NC    Ovens Auditorium
    11   Clearwater, FL    Ruth Eckerd Hall
    12   Orlando, FL    Hard Rock Live
    14   Boca Raton, FL    Mizner Park Amphitheater
    15   Jacksonville, FL    Moran Theatre at the Times Union Center
    17   Columbia, SC    Township Auditorium
    18   Richmond, VA    Landmark Theater
    20   W. Long Branch, NJ    The MAC at Monmouth University
    21   Syracuse, NY    Landmark Theater
    23   Lowell, MA    Lowell Memorial
    25   Newark, NJ    NJ PAC
    29   Albany, NY    Palace Theater

    1    New York, NY    Hammerstein Ballroom

    10   Indianapolis, IN    Egyptian Room
    11   Waukegan, IL    Genesee Theatre
    13   Minneapolis, MN    The Brick
    15   Omaha, NE    Orpheum Theatre
    16   St. Louis, MO    Peabody Opera House
    18   Kansas City, MO    The Midland by AMC
    19   Tulsa, OK    Brady Theatre
    21   Phoenix, AZ    Comerica Theatre
    22   San Diego, CA    San Diego Civic Theatre
    24   Las Vegas, NV    The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
    30   Los Angeles, CA    Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live
    31   San Francisco, CA    The Warfield

    2   Portland, OR    Keller Auditorium
    3   Seattle, WA   Paramount Theatre
    5   Salt Lake City, UT   Abravanel Hall
    7   Denver, CO   Jim Beam Live Music Series at Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
    11   Grand Prairie, TX   Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
    13   Austin, TX   Bass Concert Hall


    SafetySuit on the road with Daughtry

    Opening for Daughtry
    Convocation Center – Dekalb, IL
    All Photos by Paul Weber

    SafetySuit is:
    Douglas Brown – vocals, rhythm guitar
    Dave Garofalo– guitar
    Jeremy Henshaw– bass
    Tate Cunningham– drums

    SafetySuit Dekalb IL Convocation Center NIU

    SafetySuit is riding high with their sophomore album hitting the #1 spot on iTunes the week of its release.   This pop/rock band from Tennessee also is celebrating their current spot as opener for Daughtry on the Break the Spell 2012 tour.

    SafetySuit Dekalb IL Convocation Center NIULast night was the second stop opening for Daughtry as they hit the Convocation Center on the NIU campus.  The show took place in the arena that isn’t ideal for concerts.  Part of me feels pretty bad for SafetySuit as it took the crowd a while to warm up to them.  This is no knock to the band as they were amazing. I blame it more on the venue as the sound bounced around and made fans feel like they were in a less intimate space than they actually were.  I hope for future gigs on this tour the show gets a backdrop on the stage to help provide a solution to that sound problem, as the empty seats behind the stage only made the sound worse.  For that, I feel bad for the guys as it took the crowd to the tail end of their set to get off their feet and give back the energy the band was feeding the crowd.

    SafetySuit’s “These Times” Music Video

    The highlight of the set was their current single, “These Times,” where the music video is a compilation of fan submitted videos portraying their own hard times. The prelude to the song was Douglas sending out a message to those who are currently enduring tough circumstances, “These times are hard but they will pass.” Also a strong point of the night was the cover of “Hallelujah.”  It was after “Hallelujah” when Douglas jumped off stage and was in the pit serenading the front rows.  This is when the crowd started to get on their feet, as Douglas also reminded those in the arena that this was, in fact, a rock show.  It also didn’t take long for Douglas to leave the pit and greet fans with floor seats.  He really knows how to get the crowd pumped.

    The set ended with “Stay,” one of the songs that helped launch their career.  It’s just too bad it took the crowd so long to catch the goodness SafetySuit was giving as the crowd was left wanting more.

    Photos of SafetySuit’s set:


    Video: SafetySuit’s “These Times”

    SafetySuit’s “These Times” Music Video

    SafetySuit asked their fans to submit videos of what their lives are like these days for their newest video release “These Times.” The video is dramatic look at what their fans are going through in these times, which ranges from one fan’s sister being diagnosed with cancer, being unemployed, and to situations where they are losing their homes.

    These Times” is off their newest release of the same name that is currently only available on iTunes. The album has already sold over 17,000 digital copies and knocked Adele from her #1 spot on the iTunes Chart. Also within 3 days of the release on iTunes 275,000 fans have downloaded the song which was iTunes Single of Week.

    For more information of SafteySuit:

    SafetySuit’s “These Times” Arrives at #1 on the iTunes Pop Album Charts

    SafteySuit These Days Cover

    SafetySuit’s newest album, These Times, hit #1 on the Pop Album Chart and #7 of the Top Album Charts on iTunes. The album is not officially released yet, but the iTunes release is part of an exclusive one-week preview.

    The band also recently shot a video for the album’s title track, “These Times.” The video is about the current state of the nation and they asked fans to submit their stories of what they are going through right now. For more information head over here: http://www.thesetimesvideo.com/

    On a lighter note, SafteySuit also hit high altitudes on Southwest Airlines back in October to perform on a full Southwest flight. The band played two songs during the flight from Denver to Kansas City.

    SafteySuit’s “Get Around This” Southwest Video

    SafteySuit’s “Let Go” Southwest Video

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