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Daughtry - The Dearly Beloved Tour w/ Sevendust and Tremonti



Show Review - Providence, RI

The Strand Ballroom & Theatre

November 6, 2021

By Nina McCarthy

Boston Rock Radio


The Strand Ballroom & Theatre is Rhode Island’s oldest theatre. This building most recently was the home of the iconic Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, but has been renovated and called The Strand since 2017.  Regardless of the name, one thing has remained consistent; they bring the big and best national/international acts and tours to Providence.  Tonight I am here to see a tour that I was determined not to miss since its announcement: Daughtry, The Dearly Beloved Tour with Sevendust, Tremonti, and Travis Bracht.

Travis Bracht is a Seattle-based singer and guitarist best known for his work with the post-grunge band Second Coming. He introduced himself and said he was working his day job when he got a call from Chris Daughtry to join him on his The Dearly Beloved Tour. Who wouldn’t say yes and start packing?  Bracht had a very pleasant voice that kept the audience’s attention throughout his original solo set of rocking tunes, which was an accomplishment by the looks of the mostly metal-looking, Sevendust shirt-wearing men mixed in with the Daughtry fans. Most impressive to me was Travis’ slowed down version of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. That song holds a special place in my heart and I was touched. Being the opening act, Bracht’s set was over quickly as he wished everyone a safe trip home. After his set, as Tremonti’s crew was setting up, I was already Googling and wanting to hear more from Bracht.

Tremonti (best known for his work with Alter Bridge and Creed), backed by the band possessing his name, was about to unleash the charsismatic frontman he was. The band didn't waste any time jolting right into “The First The Last” off 2018’s A Dying Machine.  By now, the drinks are flowing, the crowd is packing in, and bodies are moving.  We all know Mark is a highly impressive guitarist, being named "Guitarist of the Year" for three consecutive years by Guitar World. Also noteworthy is Mark’s memorable, moving lyrics in which he can showcase songs that perhaps didn’t quite fit with his other bands. No matter what Tremonti does, I’ve always been a huge fan. The band ripped through a set including hits such as “The Things I’ve Seen,” “If Not For You” and concluding the set with “Marching In Time” off the 2021 album of the same name. I’ve seen Mark Tremonti before and it’s hard to take your eyes off of him, but Tanner Keegan was a pleasant distraction with his fiery bass playing. The intense set from Tremonti, Keegan, Friedman, and Bennett had the crowd primed and ready to rock harder. I actually now sit down on the step I’d been standing on because my legs are sore, as the crowd now had me pushed against the gate alongside the sound booth.

You could feel the anticipation in the air as the stage is prepared for the almighty Sevendust to shred. They pulled no punches and got down to business playing fan favorites: “Dying to Live,” “Denial,” and “Black.”  A special highlight, which gave us a moment to catch our breaths, was when they played “Angels Son,” which Lajon dedicated to the memory of anyone who had lost anyone to COVID.  This was the second time I was brought to tears tonight by the lyrics of a song. Morgan, sporting a shirt and red tie, looked happy and healthy behind his kit. Sevendust pounded through their set and it was over before you could realize what just happened. Tremonti, Lowery, Connelly, Witherspoon, Hornsby, and Rose did what they do best and gave us an aggressive set, just as Sevendust’s fans anticipated and expected.  Something you must witness for yourself.

Comments such as, “No one should ever have to follow Sevendust... especially Daughtry”, were heard. But don’t be misled, Daughtry can hang! I’ve been a fan of Chris Daughtry from the second I first saw him on American Idol. Many “rockers” don’t come out of that show, as the focus seems to be more on Pop these days. However, Daughtry has gone back to the heavier rock sound of previous works on his latest album. Chris took the stage and picked up the megaphone from the mic stand and without any hesitation attacked “Desperation” showing there was no need for the energy to diminish. Daughtry played a great deal off the sixth studio album, as this tour was in promotion of it. “World on Fire,” “Heavy is The Crown” (which charted on the Boston Rock Radio Top 25), and “Evil” kept the crowd moving.  We were treated mid-set to an acoustic version of the Grammy Award Winner, “Home” off of Daughtry’s 2006 self-titled album. He seemed to really enjoy hearing the lyrics serenading back to him, as requested...

Well, I'm going home, back to the place where I belong

And where your love has always been enough for me

I'm not running from, no, I think you got me all wrong

I don't regret this life I chose for me

But these places and these faces are getting old

So I'm going home, well I'm going home

“Break Into My Heart” didn’t just bring tears to my eyes; it brought on full blown sobbing with the lyrics, “I just want to feel something!” I had to step out from the crowd and head to the back of the room to gain composure, as the recent loss of my mom was brought to mind. There I was greeted by an old friend that seemed to appear as if an angel in disguise. Wow! Touching is the only word I can think of and that moment. It was almost out of a dream.

Chris talked briefly about the horrible state of the world but he reassuringly said he knows, “Changes Are Coming” as the band exploded into the song from the 2021 Dearly Beloved album.  It was a long, enjoyable set showing the range of hits that makes Daughtry so well loved by people of all ages. (Are you okay, Grandma? Tremonti and Sevendust just put down!)  The encore consisted of a video-like performance of “Superman” followed by the touching “Over You” and sobering “Asylum” and I was definitely left satisfied after going through a gamut of emotions in one night.

The lighting was an exposition of its own and the best I had seen in a long time. The yellows, purples, reds, and blues strategically placed and used throughout the sets added beauty to the activity taking place on the stage. Visually and sonically, this was one of the most phenomenal concerts I have been to in a long time! The Dearly Beloved Tour runs through December 17th, so you still have time to catch it before your holiday engagements. 


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Travis Bracht Music


Boston Rock Radio photographs taken by Alex Lindsay.

Nina McCarthy, joined the Boston Rock Radio staff in December of 2015. Nina has freelanced for over 25 years, interviewing bands for various webzines. Nina currently focuses full time as the Senior Music Journalist and Digital Content Editor for BRR.  Nina is a very dedicated supporter of music. Contact Nina at for interviews, reviews, comments, or suggestions.


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