3 Doors Down @ Fillmore Auditorium

3 Doors Down brought their Away From The Sun Anniversary Tour to Denver on July 25, 2023. Supporting them for this show was Candlebox. Our photographer, Andrew Ortega, was there to capture the magic!


Seattle’s Candlebox emerged just as the early-’90s grunge scene was winding down. The band’s take on the genre diluted the punk and indie elements inherent in its original form and was more rooted in the bluesy, classic-style hard rock that grunge had ostensibly replaced. They found mainstream success in 1993 with the release of their eponymous debut album, which was certified quadruple platinum and included the hit singles “You” and “Far Behind.” The band issued two more records before ceasing operations in 2000 but re-formed six years later.

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Photos by Andrew Ortega. All content Copyright © 2023 Aperture Ortega.

3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi, formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (lead vocals, drums), Matt Roberts (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Todd Harrell (bass guitar), with Chris Henderson (rhythm guitar) joining in 1998. They rose to international fame with their first single, “Kryptonite”, which placed in the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band then signed with Republic Records and released their debut album, The Better Life, in 2000. The album was the 11th-best-selling album of the year and was certified 7× platinum in the United States. The group was later joined by drummer Richard Liles, who played during the tour for their first album.

The band has been primarily described as post-grunge and alternative rock, while occasionally crossing into hard rock, and Southern rock. Their lyrical content contains overarching themes of angst, rebellion, revenge, yearning, and abandonment. 3 Doors Down has sold 30 million copies worldwide.

Original guitarist Matt Roberts departed in 2012, owing to health issues, before passing away in 2016. He was replaced by Chet Roberts, who was formerly Chris Henderson’s guitar tech. Harrell was fired from the band in 2013 after being charged with vehicular homicide, and was replaced by bassist Justin Biltonen.

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Photos by Andrew Ortega. All content Copyright © 2023 Aperture Ortega.

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