Daughtry exploded onto The Colosseum Stage at Caesars Windsor on October 24th, something frontman Chris Daughtry has always done since he first gained international attention during Season 5 of American Idol back in 2006.
The humble down-to-earth bald rocker was a fourth place American Idol finalist in what was the most shocking elimination in the history of the show. He caught rock band Fuel’s attention with his outstanding performance of their #1 chart topping hit “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” on the show. Although flattered that they asked him to replace their lead vocalist who recently left, Chris opted to pass on the opportunity. Instead he formed his own band, Daughtry, and signed a record deal just two months following his appearance on American Idol. Shortly thereafter Daughtry exploded onto the music charts with their debut album, and embarked on a near two year tour in support of the album.
Since then Daughtry has released a total of five studio albums, becoming a mainstay on music charts, has won and been nominated for American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammy Awards, and more. Chris Daughtry’s journey has taken him on a trip to become one of the top selling and most successful Idol alumni in history only behind Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Of course his band has been there with him along the way, something the modest rocker is always mindful to point out. You can even witness this mindfulness on social media, Daughtry’s Twitter profile description respectfully tags each band member. In a 2018 interview with Florida Today Chris said it feels weird to have a band named after him and looking back, he would have probably named the band something else. “I think it would be cool to be more anonymous with the band than have it tied to one person, me.”
Daughtry’s track record and high energy concerts, including the one at Caesars Windsor are proof that forging his own path was the right move for this talented entertainer and his band’s evolving sound.
Daughtry took the stage immediately captivating the cheering audience, with something a little different compared to the sounds of their debut album, featuring the eerie lead track Just Found Heaven off their latest album release 2018’s Cage To Rattle. But right after they went way back to the beginning with their hit, Feels Like Tonight. A song Chris initially opposed recording because he didn’t think it was a fit sound wise and in part because he didn’t have any input in the songwriting process.
When Chris finally spoke he told the crowd they’re going to be doing some stuff off their latest album Cage To Rattle, and the next song was for anyone who had a “shit day, shit week, shit month, shit year.” He continued by saying we all go through hard times, and to get through them we need to stop tearing each other down and start holding each other up. “We gotta have some BACKBONE Windsor,” he yelled! With that the band went into their song of the same name and Chris was all over the stage, jumping, running, and interacting with the audience and his band.
With a little sarcasm Chris said the next song was off their debut album, which some people keep calling the good album. But Breakdown, one of several solely written by Chris, is his favourite off the “good album.” Almost all of Daughtry’s songs are written by Chris or at the very least co-written by him.
The band toured for about 2 years following the release of their first album. Daughtry, as Chris told the crowd, was getting a little tired of the songs and they had actually written a whole bunch of new ones while on the road. While touring with Bon Jovi, Nickelback’s Chad Kroger contacted Daughtry saying he wrote a song for them to record. Chris joked that why would he want that when he has 65 new ones. Eventually, Chris joined Chad, adding his input into writing of the song. It became the second single from their second album, 2019’s Leave This Town. With that they performed Life After You.
The crowd was then treated to a cover of The Car’s Drive, followed by No Surprise (from the 2009 album Leave This Town), Home (from the 2006 album Daughtry), As You Are (from the 2018 album Cage To Rattle), Back In Time (from the 2018 album Cage To Rattle), It’s Not Over (from the 2006 album Daughtry), White Flag (from the 2018 album Cage To Rattle), and Over You (from the 2006 album Daughtry).
During the bands performance of Home the energy level went up a notch and thousands of concertgoers lit up The Colosseum as they held up their cell phone torches and waved them back and forth. The audience cheered just before the band played As You Are when Chris told them he wrote the song with his wife. “This song is about loving someone regardless of the colour of their skin, or sexuality, or gender, or religion, none of that shit matters,” he said.
The band wrapped up Back In Time and Chris said, “speaking of Back in Time, Mr. Brian Craddock here is going to take us back to 2006.” The entire audience stood and screamed as Craddock fired off some wicked guitar riffs as the band went into It’s Not Over. Daughtry delivered the song in dramatic style complete with Chris’ over the top vocals.
Chris joked that he is getting old as he stopped to catch his breath, something his powerhouse vocals and passionate stage presence doesn’t seem to show. Keyboardist Elvio Fernandes kept the crowd’s energy level up for a few moments before the band went into their new intensely funky song White Flag. At this point The Colosseum could have exploded as the audience fed off of the band’s insane energy levels as much as the band fed off of theirs. Suddenly, the band paused mid-song, the bass player joined Chris centre stage, and they started jumping around as he introduced the band. Chris asked the crowd to make some noise, and they unmistakably did, for “Mr. Elvio Fernandes on keyboards and vocals, Mr. Brandon Maclin on the drums, Mr. Josh Paul on the Bass, Mr. Brian Craddock on guitar.” Then Elvio shouted, “let me hear you make some noise for Chris Daughtry on lead vocals.” Chris leaped around on stage and the crowd cheered.
Chris asked the crowd to do something with him. He said, “I want to feel you, I want to feel your energy with this one.” The entire audience was on their feet screaming. “If you’ve ever felt like giving up with anything in your life, I want you to scream as loud as you can with me. Are you with me?”
The crowd sang along repeating the chorus to White Flag after Chris. “I won’t raise my, I won’t raise my, I won’t raise my, I won’t raise my white flag until I’m through.” The crowd loudly sang the anthem about never giving up in life.
“This was intense,” Chris told the audience. “I felt that yo! You guys are a lot of fun, thank you for being here with us tonight, for singing along with us, making us feel good about ourselves.”
Clearly, Chris was enjoying the show as much as the audience. He then explained he wrote a song about a break up years ago but that didn’t matter because the song can be about anything. “Just picture it as like whatever you got in your life right now that’s keeping you from being who you want to be, just let that shit go right now alright?”
He asked the energized audience to sing and scream the following as loud as they could ; “A long, long time ago… More than, more than you know.” As Chris jumped around on stage he said, “let’s see what you got.” The crowd sang the chorus to Over You as loud as they could. Chris told them they sounded amazing and that was clearly a 10 but he wanted to know what it would sound like if they turned it up to an 11. And with that the crowd and Chris sang the lyrics louder than ever to wrap up the band’s set. “Thank you so much, I love you,” Chris said as he threw his guitar pick into the crowd.
But the concert didn’t end there. After about 3 minutes of cheering and yelling from the audience the band returned for an exciting encore. Fans jumped out of their seats and rushed the stage where they were treated to Waiting For Superman (from the 2013 album Baptized), September (from the 2009 album Leave This Town), and a fantastic cover of Purple Rain which everyone sang along to.
Overall, Daughtry delivered an explosive high energy concert with early hits and some fantastic new music, including motivating anthems, proving the band is here to stay for years to come.
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The show was part of the Caesars Windsor Cares 2019 Concerts For A Cure Series.
Additional shows in the Concerts For A Cure Series include Grammy-nominated rapper, Logic and rising hip hop star YBN Cordae for an Ages 16+ performance (Nov 10), City and Colour (Nov 20), Charlie Brown Christmas – All Ages (Nov 23) and We Will Rock You – All Ages (Nov 29 & 30).
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Caesars Windsor Box Office or online go to https://www.caesars.com/caesars-windsor/shows
Photos by Dan Boshart
Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter or his 27th Floor Photography Facebook Page.