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Review: Daughtry at Covelli Centre (Now with photos)

November 5, 2009 - Andy Gray
Daughtry brought its “Leave This Town” Tour to the Covelli Centre Wednesday for a crowd of more than 5,000.

It’s the band’s first arena tour as a headliner, and frontman Chris Daughtry seems determined to repeat every cool thing he ever saw as an arena rock concertgoer.

In the 18-song, 95-minute show, there was fire and explosions, ramps and runways on which to strut and pose. A shower of sparks rained down from the lighting rig. There was an unplugged interlude and an audience sing-along, complete with a battle to see who could sing louder, the left side or the right side (shockingly, it was a tie).

There were unexpected covers (Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” and The Toadies’ “Possum Kingdom”), or at least covers that would be unexpected if they weren’t played every night and if we didn’t live in an Internet age where past setlists can be found with a couple keystrokes.

But what the show lacked in originality, it made up for in energy. As “American Idol” fans quickly learned a few seasons ago, Daughtry’s voice is a powerful instrument, whether it’s belting out rock radio anthems like “No Surprise,” “Over You” and “Home,” or making a bid for country crossover success by adding a touch of twang on “Tennessee Line.”

These days Daughtry gets compared to acts like Nickelback, but back when he was on “Idol,” the band Live was a clear influence (it was that band’s arrangement of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” that earned Daughtry so much praise from the judges for his “originality”). It still is. He even looks like a bulked-up Ed Kowalczyk the way he leans into the microphone.

And no one seemed to mind that they’d seen all of this before. Those arena rock clichés became clichés because they work.

 
 

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Photo by Bob Jadloski