Daughtry - Borderline London
CD Times readers may remember rocker Chris Daughtry from the 2006 season of American Idol.
Chris was one of the front runners to win the show and his fourth place elimination in the contest shocked a lot of faithful fans who had spent hours hitting the redial button to vote for their favourite.
Taylor Hicks became 2006's American Idol but it's Daughtry who has proved to be the real winner of the show.
The US release of his debut album "Daughtry" has sold almost 3 million copies and topped the Billboard charts.
"Daughtry" the album is released in the UK on the 13th of August with a single "It's not over" hitting the stores on the 30th of July so Chris popped over to the UK with his band for a bit of promotional work, slotting in a London show in the process.
Daughtry have performed to thousands in huge venues across the US so it must have felt a bit strange playing an intimate venue the size of London's Borderline again.
Doors opened at 7pm but the band weren't on till 9, with no support.
Daughtry have a lot of faithfull fans and in my time waiting for the band to take the stage I struck up conversations with several who had travelled around the world to see him.There were certainly a lot of people down the front eagerly awaiting Chris's appearance anyway.
Daughtry took to the stage with "Crashed".Chris was joined by four band members but there was only one person the majority of the crowd wanted to see.
Although a hard rocking frontman Daughtry came across onstage as a very nice guy, joking with the audience and shaking hands inbetween singing radio friendly rock numbers, similiar in style to Pearl Jam or Nickleback.He had the crowd singing along to every song and even struck up a conversation with an audience member near the back called Paul who asked him numerous questions inbetween numbers.
The majority of the album was played including forthcoming single "It's not over", "Feels like tonight", "Gone" and "What I want".Guitar legend Slash appears on the recorded version of "What I want" but failed to make a live appearance on the Borderline stage!
Daughtry managed to slip a cover version in near the end of the set.The majority of the band left the stage leaving Chris to strap on a guitar and sing an amazing version of Elton John's "Rocket Man" with his drummer keeping the beat behind him.
The Borderline was boiling so I imagine the boys in the band were greatful of a few minutes break but they trooped on to the stage again to join their fellow performers closing the set with probably Daughtry's most famous track in the UK "Home".
This was the song that accompanied the losers "Best bits" at the end of each American Idol episode this year so was a great showcase for Daughtry's music as millions heard it every week.
The band left the stage for a few minutes but returned for the inevitable encore, finishing with album track "There and back again" which had Chris and the audience "Rocking out" while the band thrashed through the song!
I must admit I did go along to the show more out of curiosity than anything else.Katharine McPhee was my 2006 fave but the "Home" track had grown on me due to it's repeated plays on this years American Idol so I wanted to see what Mr Daughtry was up to.
As I said, it was a great performance and certainly exceeded my expectations.
During the show Chris mentioned that the band would be back in the UK later in the year so I'll certainly do my best to catch Daughtry live again.
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