Recalling a Debut: Brad Arnold shares the stress of ‘Kryptonite’ |
Recalling a Debut: Brad Arnold shares the stress of ‘Kryptonite’

Recalling a Debut: Brad Arnold shares the stress of ‘Kryptonite’

Photo by Dove Shore

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | August 22, 2021

Editor’s Note: Theory of a Deadman has canceled its initial plans to perform with 3 Doors Down. A DJ will now open the show. Guests can request refunds from Ticketmaster.

Brad Arnold admits he became a bit emotional when 3 Doors Down returned to the stage at the Greeley Stampede in Colorado after a pandemic-induced break.

“I had to hold back a little bit,” Arnold says during a Zoom call. “I think we had had to hold back a little bit, especially our drummer. His drums come to my microphone a lot and I was like, ‘Come on, man.’”

Arnold and 3 Doors Down is on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut album, “The Better Life,” which includes the omnipresent “Kryptonite.” The act will perform “The Better Life” in its entirety, from front to back on Saturday, August 28, when it plays Harrah’s Ak-Chin with Theory of a Deadman.

Earlier this year, 3 Doors Down released a remastered, 20th anniversary edition of “The Better Life,” along with the 10-song “Escatawpa Sessions” as a box set on high-quality three-LP vinyl.

Recorded in 1996 in the band’s hometown, the “Escatawpa Sessions” features seven demo versions from “The Better Life,” as well as three previously unreleased tracks.

The box set features a custom lithograph, a six-page booklet with previously unreleased photos and extensive liner notes and interviews with the band and executives from its label and talent agency.

A two CD and an expanded digital album of “The Better Life” are also available, and each feature four new bonus tracks including, “The Better Life (XX mix),” a new mix by Grammy Award-winning Chris Lord-Alge, “Kryptonite (2000 acoustic),” “Be Like That (2000 acoustic)” and “Wasted Me (with Harp Version).”

“The Better Life” songs have evolved over time, says Arnold, who recognizes the nuances that have arisen. When Arnold looks back at the recording process, he doesn’t, honestly, see much.

“It’s so blurry,” he says with a laugh. “Back in those days, we used to like to have fun and I think that might have helped me not remember so good, either. But, I remember more of the last five years.”

He does recall the stress that came along with fame, especially after the release of “Kryptonite.”

“Before that record, I’d never left my hometown very much,” says Arnold, who was born 42 years ago in Escatawpa, Mississippi.

“I’m from south Mississippi. It meant a lot for me to go to Memphis to make that record. When we started touring a lot, I don’t know how many countries we went to that first couple of years.”

Arnold estimates 3 Doors Down played 300 shows a year, and radio station apperances in conjunction with those gigs.

“It was a lot for a 21 year old,” he says. “I was incredibly thankful for a really good family. I’m the youngest of seven kids and my family is great.

“I thank God for my mommy and daddy and all my brothers and sisters because to my brothers and sisters, still, to this day, I’m just their little brother.”

3 Doors Down w/Theory of a Deadman

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 28

WHERE: Harrah’s Ak-Chin, 15406 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa

COST: Tickets start at $49.50