After reading a pair of reviews of the Daughtry concert last night by the two major Twin Cities newspapers I felt at times as if we were at two different shows. While I am the first to admit I am a fan of the band, I have also kept my critical reviewer’s eye open. It’s no argument by anybody that Chris Daughtry can sing but that is pretty much where our similar reviews end.
Upon the most heavily criticized is the simple stage set and production that Daughtry brought into the Target Center last night. In a time when many are struggling to pay their home mortgages, tour after tour rolls through town with ticket prices approaching and in many cases far exceeding the $100 mark. It makes me wonder if some of these artists have any grasp on reality. Instead of criticizing, maybe Daughtry should be praised for scaling back and keeping tickets affordable, under $40 for the best seats in the house. The low ticket prices have allowed the fans, the mostly American Idol crowd, to see the family friendly show without breaking the bank.
The “predictability” of the set and the music seems to be the other area that has found itself being questioned. What you see is what you get with Daughtry. Where other artist use light shows, extensive pyro and floor to ceiling HD screens to keep the crowd’s attention Daughtry manages to not only hold their attention but electrify the near capacity crowd with their music alone. It’s refreshing to go to a show and see an artist who actually sounds like their album. I would being lying if I said the largely female populated audience didn’t enjoy his sexy growl and swagger as he strutted down the catwalk. But, in the end it was about delivering hit after hit after hit, seven to be exact (soon to be eight with the band’s latest single September). Daughtry gave the crowd exactly what they came for, those hits sung to near perfection.
One point that Jon Bream over at the Star Tribune and myself agree on is the fantastic addition of new drummer Robin Diaz. Diaz has been with the band for only four weeks after the abrupt departure of previous drummer Joey Barnes. He is a seasoned pro who seems to have fit the band like a glove. Flailing his arms (and hair) around throughout the hour and half set he has presence that didn’t go unnoticed. We can only hope that there is a possibility he will become a permanent replacement.
This was no doubt Daughtry’s strongest showing in Minneapolis thus far and with only two albums and three years together as a band the future remains bright for many more great shows to come. Daughtry is on tour through mid-June. Visit their official website for a full list of tour dates.
Daughtry Setlist 5.19.10
Every Time You Turn Around
What I Want
Ghost of Me
Life After You
It’s Not Over
Learned My Lesson
In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins)
Feels Like Tonight
You Don’t Belong
ENCORE: Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
There and Back Again