Daughtry Brings 'Em Home At The Rocksino
April 13th, 2018
American Idol alum Chris Daughtry put on a hell of a show at Northfield's Hard Rock Rocksino on Wednesday night. Shockingly, the platinum-selling artist was only a runner-up and not a season winner on his edition of American Idol, the fifth edition of the hit TV show. In a season that saw Taylor Hicks take home the top prize, Katharine McPhee as a runner-up, and Country ingenue Kellie Pickler eliminated a few weeks prior to Daughtry, it was a surprisingly fruitful season that produced some names that are still recording and touring today.
After getting the boot from the show, he and his namesake outfit went on to record their eponymous debut, Daughtry, which dropped in November of 2006 and reached the number one spot on the Billboard Top 200. It went on to sell more than four million copies and has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2007 it was named the best selling album of that year; not bad for a guy who didn't even win the golden ticket.
It seems that his loss was forgiven by the attentive crowd at the Hard Rock Live venue. From the moment that the band took to the stage the entire crowd was on its collective feet. Daughtry, pacing back and forth like an expectant father, adorned himself in a black hoodie and rumbled right into the evening's first offerings: "Just Found Heaven," a newer song. Without taking a breath they segued into one of their biggest hits, "Feels Like Tonight." Once again, the frontman had the frenetic energy of a caged lion as he paced back and forth across the dimly-lit stage. "Battleships," from 2013's Baptized was the set's third offering.
Clocking in at a brisk ninety minutes, the band delivered a sixteen-song set. All the tunes you'd expect from the outfit's four record/fifteen year lifespan were given, with the crowd going especially nuts for the end-of-set, smash hit "Home."
Returning for an encore, the band lit into "Waiting For Superman," from 2013's Baptized, and then closed out the night with "September" from their sophomore effort Leave This Town.
Chris Daughtry is one of those misnomers; his namesake band is especially strong and is still relatively intact since the outfit's inception in the wake of the 2006 season of "Idol." Surrounding himself with talented musicians has given this strong vocalist a leg up on many American musicians attempting to find their way in this post-Rock landscape. Daughtry's got one heck of a stage presence, and, of course, talent to boot. His swagger is undeniable; attesting to that were the legions of close-to-middle-aged women that hung on his every word and knew damn near every syllable to each tune the frontman belted out in that casino the other night.
I guess in today's social media-tinged culture, it doesn't hurt to have both the chops and the ability to write a song or two.
Maybe, just maybe, the chrome dome doesn't seem to bother the ladies either.
Review and Photos by Brian M. Lumley