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Three Days Grace Avoiding Trouble On The Road

Of the Oakland Press

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After getting emotionally and physically smacked around on tour for its first album — much of which is chronicled on its sophomore release, “One-X” — Canadian rockers

Three Days Grace

have learned to avoid trouble on the road.

“We just try to stay focused and healthy and stay way from stuff that’s bad for us,” explains bassist Brad Walst.

The bad habits of the first tour, he says, was the result of inexperience, but they also landed frontman Adam Gontier in rehab before “One-X” was written.

Now, Walst notes, “we use our days now to do different things. Some of us took up golfing, we’re (doing stuff like that).

“Our communication is a lot better than it was, too. That was a big reason why we took a downfall. We’re all open to each other now. We can tell if someone’s gonna be in trouble, and now we’re going to say something about it.”

And even though “One-X” is barely a year old, Walst, 30, says Three Days Grace also is using its days to work on new music. With about five tracks already done, he says the group hopes to avoid the three-year gap that occurred between its 2003 debut and “One-X.”

“We’re writing some of the lightest stuff we’ve ever written and some of the heaviest stuff we’ve ever written,” Walst says. “It’s completely different ends of the spectrums, but it’s very cool. We’re maturing a lot as musicians.

“We’ve got a break coming up for seven weeks this summer while the drummer (Neil Sanderson) and his wife have a baby. We’re going to try to record some stuff then, I think, get a few things down and go from there. It’d be nice to have it out in 2008, but we’ll have to see how long this tour goes.”

Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Puddle of Mudd perform at 6 p.m. Sunday (May 20th) at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $27.50-$35 reserved, $20 Lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.

Web Site: www.freedomhill.net

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