Back in 2000, when 3 Doors Down was coming out of small-town Escatawpa, Miss., with its first album, frontman Brad Arnold says he "probably would have laughed" at the idea of a greatest hits album someday.
There's a big smile on his face now, though.
3 Doors Down's "Greatest Hits," which came out last month, is a nod to what the group has accomplished during the past 12 years. Since its first single, "Kryptonite," was a multi-format hit, the band has released five albums, all of which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart with two that hit No. 1 and three that sold platinum or better. 3 Doors Down has also notched enough high-charting singles -- including "Loser," "Duck and Run," "When I'm Gone" and "It's Not My Time" -- to fill the "Greatest Hits" coffers.
"It's a little bit surreal to me," Arnold says of the group's achievements. "We've been really fortunate and we've been blesse and we've got the best fans in the world. They're the ones who have kept us around for so long, and musically we've just tried to stay honest and not really follow little trends of music. We just tried to make music we liked and that we thought our friends would like.
"So this is basically as ummary of our first 12 years, and I hope in 12 more years we'll be talking about another greatest hits album."
And, Arnold is quick to note, 3 Doors Down "is by no means done." The "Greatest Hits" album features three new songs -- including the single "One Light" -- and the singer promises there will be more where they came from.
"We're going to prove that we're not saying goodbye," Arnold says. "If there's one thing we've done wrong in teh past is we wait too long...ot put out a record. It's not that we're just twiddling our thumbs; by the time you write (an album) and record it and do the press for it and put it out there and tour for a year or two, before you know it it's like, 'Dang, it's been two years!'
"So we're gonna tighten that up this time. I know we've said it before, but thsi time we really are gonna buckle down and write. We're not going to rush it or push something out, but I'd like to put another record out pretty soon and show people we can really do that."
3 Doors Down, Daughtry and P.O.D. perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $60, $50 and $35. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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