3 Doors Down has been a decidedly plugged-in rock band since its formation during 1996 in Mississippi. But the group's current Songs From the Basement tour is an acoustic affair, letting the quintet offer different takes on hits such as "Kryptonite," "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You."
"We haven't done a lot of full-on acoustic shows but we've always enjoyed the few that we've done," says frontman Brad Arnold. "A lot of our songs actually do start out acoustic, and we've always had the mindset that if you can't break a song down to just you and an acoustic guitar then you've got too much stuff going on there.
"It doesn't line up that way for every single song, but it does for most of 'em. And there are some songs you would think would translate to acoustic that don't and some you thought never in a million years would sound good acoustic and they just sound cool and develop a separate life from the original version of it."
Arnold, 35, adds that the stripped-down versions of the songs also give the singer and his bandmates some new insights into the material.
"Y'know, it's a little quieter, you're not running around as much, so it gives you a chance to listen to the songs and listen to the content of them," Arnold notes. "And you can lay the songs clean and really do 'em right, which is cool.
"The other night there were two different songs where I got chill bumps, and, damn, that feels good. It reminds you why you do this."
Arnold says 3 Doors Down plans to be back in the studio later this year to work on its sixth studio album, and first since 2011's "Time of My Life." Arnold is also working on songs for a country-flavored solo album, though he says the band project has priority.
3 Doors Down and Dan Henig perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. Tickets are $35-$43. Call 313-309-4700 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
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