3 Doors Down still having the time of their lives

BMS talks with bassist Todd Harrell on the band's tour, new album and more

, Contributing Writer

There are few bands that broke out in the mid 1990’s that are still around. 3 Doors Down is one of the lucky ones. Fifteen years after they exploded onto the scene with “Kryptonite” the Mississippi-bred band is still going strong. Now on the road in support of their latest offering, Time of My Life, the band is in New England this week for a pair of shows, last night in Amherst and tomorrow night in Providence.

“We’re one of the lucky ones,” says bassist Todd Harrell from the road. “There have been some great bands come and go [since we started]. We just feel real fortunate to still be here. We’re thankful to all our great fans, without them we wouldn’t be anything. We have to thank those guys and it doesn’t hurt to be out touring and be in their face all the time,” he adds with a chuckle.

And tour they do. The band, which also feature singer Brad Arnold, lead guitarist Matt Roberts, guitarist Chris Henderson and drummer Greg Upchurch, spends the majority of their time on the road away from family and friends. Despite those struggles, Harrell says they still love life on the road.

“It’s a give and take thing. [Touring] definitely takes you away from your friends and family but it’s good to be out here,” he says. “We’re glad to be out. We’re real comfortable out here on the road and we enjoy it still. It’s still a lot of fun for us.”

And of playing in New England, Harrell says the band can’t wait to get In front of all their fans here. “It’s been a while,” he acknowledges. “We’re ready to get back up there and see you guys.”

The tour is in support of their latest album, Time of My Life. Produced by Howard Benson, Harrell says it was the most fun album the band has written and recorded to date.

“This whole record was a lot of fun from the beginning,” he said. “From the first song we wrote, it’s just been a lot of fun. I can’t tell you how much fun we had doing it.”

As pumped as Harrell was to talk about the band, the new album and the tour, he was equally excited to talk about the bands charitable foundation, The Better Life Foundation. The Better Life Foundation is charged with making positive change in the lives of children and young adults. Each year the foundation raises money for various organizations and hospitals.

“(The Foundation) is probably one of the most rewarding things we’ve done,” boasts Harrell. “It’s real rewarding to be able to give back. It started as a local foundation to help out people where we’re from and it’s just grown from there. I’m real thankful to be a part of it.”

After speaking with Harrell, it’s no surprise why 3 Doors Down is still going strong and didn’t fade away like so many of their counterparts. With an equal amount of love for the music they make, the fans they have and the communities they give back to, the band has created a tremendous amount of good will that is bringing them lots of success.

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