3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold has a little more experience with bull riding (his wife ?? is a champion) than auto racing. But the singer says that he and his bandmates "love playing a race" -- which the group will be doing at this weekend's Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix.
"We've done a lot of stuff for NASCAR and Indy, but I've only played one Grand Prix race before, over in Europe" says Arnold, who co-founded 3DD during 1996 in Escatawpa, Miss., launching the group's career with the 2000 hit "Kryptonite." "But I just love racing. I just like the speed and I like cars and just walking around and looking at everything, man.
"And at a Grand Prix race there's so many different kinds of cars. They're not all the same. There's a lot of variety in it, and I'm just really looking forward to the whole thing."
The Detroit Grand Prix show will kick off 3DD's summer touring schedule, which includes a number of dates with Seether. It will, however, present the challenge of playing to a crowd that's not entirely there to see the band, but Arnold doesn't think that will be a problem.
"I think maybe for some bands it would be, but I think that the people who would be going to a race are a lot of the same people that we play to, anyhow," Arnold explains. "They're there to have a good time and they've had a couple drinks in 'em, so they're ready to jam and we're ready to jam. It usually is a pretty cool experience."
An added benefit, Arnold adds: "Honestly, I don't maybe feel quite as much pressure playing as kind of a side note to something else because they're not there just to see me, or us. I feel like we're all there to have fun together, especially at an event I really enjoy being at, regardless of playing there."
Arnold and company are also finishing up 3DD's sixth album, the follow-up to 2011's "Time of My LIfe." The group is working with producer Matt Wallace in Nashville, and Arnold describes the music as "all over the place" stylistically. It should be ready for release this year, most likely in the fall.
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6:15 p.m. Saturday, May 30.
Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix Motor City Casino Entertainment Stage.
The stage runs all three days -- Friday, May 29-Sunday, May 31 -- with performances by Smash Mouth (1:15 p.m. Sunday), DTour, the Infatuations and Remedy.
The concerts are included with the Grand Prix tickets.
For information, visit www.detroitgp.com.
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