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Rockers cancel show at The Clyde

Three Days Grace playing songs off upcoming album


Joshua Schipper

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 27, 2022

Consistent releases of fresh music, as well as a laundry list of chart toppers, have defined a nearly two-decade run for Canadian rockers Three Days Grace, who have been rocking stages and stunning audiences since the early 2000s.

The group will continue its three-year music release cycle with the unveiling of their long-expected album Explosions on May 6.

In anticipation of the album, they were scheduled to perform at The Clyde Theatre on Tuesday, May 3, before they were forced to cancel.

“Since 2003, Three Days Grace has staked a spot amongst the hard rock vanguard, quietly breaking records, toppling charts, moving millions of units worldwide, and making history by holding the all-time record for ‘most No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio ever’ with 13,” their label, RCA Records, said in a statement.

On their website, The Clyde says, “By combining steamroller riffs with angst-ridden, shout-along hooks, Three Days Grace was a mainstay in the 2000s rock radio scene.”

Recording During Pandemic

According to Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst, the coronavirus pandemic worked its way into songs on Explosions, even if that wasn’t the plan.

“We didn’t really direct the songs towards there, but we’re a pretty honest band, and we like to write about our true emotions and what we’re going through,” Walst told Two Doods Reviews in an interview transcribed by Blabbermouth.net.

Like many other bands, the global pandemic even affected the methods they used to write and record the album, with some of the production taking place without close physical proximity.

“So, naturally, being stuck at home, and stuck on Zoom with each other, some pretty emotional songs came out of it,” Walst said. “We wrote the first half of the record remotely, we recorded it remotely, which we’d never done, and then we just got back together a couple of months ago and did the rest. But it was interesting, man, and definitely a different vibe. And I think some great songs came out of it.”

Expect New Songs

Audiences attending the Clyde concert can expect to hear some of the tracks from Explosions.

Three Days Grace released a single, “Lifetime,” in mid-April and dedicated the song’s music video to the people of Mayfield, Kentucky, the city in which they filmed, and was hit by a deadly tornado in December.

Their website also states that “$1 of every ticket (from the tour) will go to supporting tornado recovery efforts in Mayfield, Kentucky.”

The band also released the single “So Called Life” from Explosions in late November, and released the accompanying music video the same day.

“There is a common thread of theme going through it, the notion of just feeling like you have to self-center yourself in today’s world, but then at the same time, you have to hear the opinions of everyone,” drummer Neil Sanderson told Loudwire.

“I think that there’s a lot of divisiveness in the world, and I think the notion of kind of agreeing to disagree on certain things has gone out the window a little bit.”

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