Daughtry - Scala London
US rocker Chris Daughtry is still best known to UK audiences as a former American Idol contestant.After his Idol commitments were over Chris formed a band, going by the name Daughtry.The group went on to release a self titled debut album selling over 3 million copies in the US alone!
Chris played his first triumphant UK show back in June at London's Borderline, performing to a packed house including several faithful fans who had travelled from all over Europe to see their very own Idol.
The Daughtry devotees were out in force again for Chris's sold out show at the Capital's Scala, with flags from different countries hanging over the front barrier.
Daughtry's album was released in the UK in August gaining the band a host of new fans many of whom joined in with the chanting of the excitable front row as they pleaded for Daughtry's onstage appearance!
The band kicked off with US single "Crashed" with the opening a cue for a mass singalong that continued for the duration of the set.
Chris comes across as a dynamic frontman but also isn't afraid to let his guard down, showing lots of admiration for his fans, taking plenty of time to shake and slap hands.Even though he's been playing to thousands in the last couple of years he still comes across as very humble inbetween the songs, taking all the admiration to heart.
I started off my Daughtry show in the photo pit at the front and worked my way to the back by the end of the set.The whole of the venue was buzzing, singing and dancing even at the very back.
My highlights of the evening were "What about now" which segued into Daughtry's cover of Johnny Cash's "Walk the line" and the song that gained the biggest response of the night, forthcoming single "Home".
Daughtry dip their feet in both hard and radio friendly rock, creating a nice balance inbetween."All these lives" (down on the setlist as these wives!) and "Feels like tonight" bring out the band's soft centre while "What I want" and evening closer "There and back again" show the harder side with "There..." seeing band and audience having great fun jumping around,leaving the crowd hot, sweaty and knackered at the end of the evening!
With "Home" appearing as a single early in 2008 I'm sure Daughtry will be playing to an even bigger congregation in the future, hopefully touring so the rest of the UK can see what they're missing.