Austin 101 Magazine

Concert Review: 3 Doors Down at HEB Center

by Denise Enriquez

On July 18th The Rock & Roll Express Tour pulled up to Austin making its stop at The HEB Center at Cedar Park, where big 90’s bands 3 Doors Down & Collective Soul with Soul Asylum disembarked, to the excitement of new and tenured fans alike. Home of the hockey team, Texas Stars, there was not a bad seat in the house at the The HEB Center allowing all in attendance a great view of the evening’s performances.

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Soul Asylum kicked off the night with a short, but sweet set – just enough to get the crowd completely riled up by their final two songs, the 1992 hit “Runaway Train” and “Stand Up and Be Strong”.

See our full gallery from the show 

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Next up, Collective Soul hit the stage to “Now’s the Time” – stage lights were fully engaged and ablaze, ensuring something big was about to happen. Full on showmanship was embodied by frontman Ed Roland, only pausing his very animated and enthusiastic crooning to take a seat at his white piano – like he did to sing crowd favorite 1993 hit “Shine”. Other songs that evoked a strong reaction from fans were “December”, “The World I Know”, “Heavy”, and the final song – an hour & 14 songs later – “Run”. After such a wildly spirited and song-packed set, fans could have easily felt like they had just watched an entire concert, but more still to come.

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Next up, 3 Doors Down unveiled their changing LED stage setup complete with guitarist risers at the front two corners and topped off with a huge round lighting truss hanging in the background for maximum effect. And they were off, jumping right into their set beginning with “Duck and Run” followed by “Running Out of Days”. Lead singer Brad Arnold also belted out hits: “Kryptonite”, “It’s Not My Time” & “Let Me Go” and delighted fans with their rendition of Charlie Daniels Band’s “In America”. The patriotic theme of the night was accented by Arnold’s several expressions of gratitude to our country’s brave service men and women, an America flag on a mic stand & another folded setting on the drum riser, as well as images and symbols that represent the United States flashing on the stage LED screens. The band closed out the night with “Kryptonite” only to return to the chanting fans to play “Here Without You” & “When I’m Gone”. If you get a chance, don’t miss this ride – jump on the Rock & Roll Express.

SOUL ASYLUM SETLIST:

Somebody To Shove
Misery
Lately
Watch Need
Runaway Train
Stand Up and Be Strong

COLLECTIVE SOUL SETLIST:

Now’s The Time
Over Me
Shine
Heavy
Why, Pt 2
Better Now
Precious Declaration
December
Right As Rain
Observation of Thought
The World I Know
Gel
Where the River Flows
Run

3 DOORS DOWN SETLIST:

Duck and Run
Running Out of Days
It’s Not My Time
Away From The Sun
Let Me Go
Going Down In Flames
The Road I’m On
Be Like That
Citizen/Soldier
Still Alive
In America
Behind Those Eyes
My Way
Loser
Kryptonite
Here Without You
When I’m Gone

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