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3 Doors Down, coming to Riverside Casino Saturday, finds better life on the road meeting fans

Nicole Schoen

Mississippi’s rockin’ 3 Doors Down will perform Saturday night (7/28) in a doubleheader with Collective Soul on the outdoor stage behind Riverside Casino Event Center. Band members are (from left) Greg Upchurch, drums; Chris Henderson, lead guitar; Brad Arnold, vocals; Justin Biltonen, bass; and Chet Roberts, guitar.
Nicole Schoen Mississippi’s rockin’ 3 Doors Down will perform Saturday night (7/28) in a doubleheader with Collective Soul on the outdoor stage behind Riverside Casino Event Center. Band members are (from left) Greg Upchurch, drums; Chris Henderson, lead guitar; Brad Arnold, vocals; Justin Biltonen, bass; and Chet Roberts, guitar.
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The White Stripes, Sonic Youth and Rilo Kiley are just some of the notable bands that were alive and well in 2000 when 3 Doors Down broke through with its debut album, “The Better Life,” which sold more than 6 million copies.

However, only 3 Doors Down remains intact from that list of bands. A plethora of groups, which were very successful during the turn of the century are no longer together — but 3 Doors Down forges ahead.

“It’s something that we noticed,” guitarist Chris Henderson said by phone from Oklahoma City. “I was just talking about this with (vocalist) Brad (Arnold). Somehow we just keep it together while a lot of groups we used to know are no longer around.”

3 Doors Down, like much of its music, keeps it simple. The basic minor-key shuffle to the band’s biggest hit, “Kryptonite,” is hardly complicated. “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You” are examples of other straightforward hits.

The band, which put tiny Escatawpa, Miss., on the map, doesn’t need that much to continue.

“We’re not difficult,” Henderson said. “We don’t have extraordinary needs. We just want to be in a band together. The key is that we want to be in this band.”

Arnold, a former drummer turned frontman, has never craved a solo career.

“Why would Brad want to go solo since he can do whatever he wants with this band,” Henderson said. “I guess it is funny how content we all are to just be in 3 Doors Down. It’s not just the world of music. You look out at the world and people just want something more all of the time, but that’s not us. Let us get out on the road so we can play 3 Doors Down songs and we’re happy.”

The band is bringing it to the outdoor stage behind the Riverside Casino Event Center on Saturday night (7/28), in a dual show with Collective Soul.

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Like many bands, 3 Doors Down focuses on touring, not spending time in the studio. Henderson isn’t sure when his group, which also includes guitarist Chet Roberts, bassist Justin Biltonen and drummer Greg Upchurch, will record another album.

“There’s no one sitting around wondering when the next 3 Doors Down album is going to come out,” he said. “That’s the harsh reality of today. It’s not just us. That’s the case for most bands who are out there today, and it’s all right. We have enough material to play our shows.”

3 Doors Down has released six albums, including its latest, 2016’s “Us and the Night.”

“It wasn’t that long ago that the last one was released,” Henderson said. “Who knows when we’ll follow that one up. But we have been writing new songs. Maybe we’ll release a single or a couple of new songs. We just might not release an album for a while. We still love creating new material — there’s just not a market for it. But fans still like going out and seeing us.”

The band’s show is as meat-and-potatoes as its material. There’s no pretense.

“It’s just us up there being us,” Henderson said. “When you see 3 Doors Down and you have Brad Arnold talking to you between songs, it’s no act. Brad talking onstage is just like when he talks after a show. We’re just ourselves up there. We don’t know how to do it any other way. I think people appreciate that. We’re just a bunch of regular guys that happened to have some really good fortune as a band.”

Fans can expect the band to remain intact.

“What else would we do,” Henderson said. “This is our life. We know how lucky we are. There’s nothing that excites each of us like having the opportunity to go out and perform every night. We don’t take this for granted and we have no reason to stop.

“There’s nothing like getting in front of an appreciative audience who wants to hear your songs. It’s even more awesome than you can imagine.”

Get out!

WHAT: 3 Doors Down: Rock & Roll Express Tour with Collective Soul

WHERE: Riverside Casino outdoor stage, behind the event center

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday (7/28)

TICKETS: $75 reserved seating, $55 general admission seating (chairs provided) or $35 general admission (bring your own chair); Casino Gift Shop, 1-(877) 677-3456 or Riversidecasinoandresort.com/events/outdoor-concert.html

EXTRAS: Gates open 6:30 p.m.; no outside coolers or beverages allowed

BAND’S WEBSITE: 3doorsdown.com/#!/splash

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