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A Night of Nostalgia With Performances By Chevelle and Three Days Grace on C0-Headlining Tour

On October 12th, 2023- Chevelle and Three Days Grace with special guest Loathe performed at the Skyla Credit Union Amphitheater in Charlotte NC! The night consisted of overwhelming emotions of nostalgia and crafted performances from all the musicians!


Coming all the way from England, the band Loathe came onto the stage consisting of Kadeem France (Vocals) , Erik Bickerstaffe (Vocals/Guitar) , Sean Radcliffe (Drums) , and Feisal El-Khazragi (Bass). Loathe currently has1.3 million Spotify listeners with the album "I Let It in and It Took Everything" being one of the most popular releases dating back to 2020 with the song "Is It Really You?" harboring 26 million plays! Bickerstaffe stated in a interview that the band decided to create their albums like a story that has numerous chapters meaning each song is a chapter of that album.

The bands lyrics explain what a person may go through such as mental health struggles as well as what our society as a whole is struggling with


Out of the all the events I photographed, Kadeem started the performance with an explosive amount of energy with him doing countless amounts of dancing and jumping around! He not once stayed in one spot for more than 5 seconds! The musician had a SMILE on his face the whole performance and did state that he appreciated the crowd supporting the band all these years


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Next up was one of my favorite bands from my childhood. A band my mother had me listening to in the car when I was only 10 years old. A band that HELPED me through my middle and high school years when I was struggling with mental health issues. A band that had me in my room head banging and tearing everything apart. The one and only: Three Days Grace.


Three Days Grace had one of the most mind enticing introductions with the LED screen in the back of the drums representing flames which lit up the whole venue. Looking as if the drummer came straight from hell and ready to bring complete chaos into this world. Looking at that smile on Neil Sanderson sent shivers down my spine


Three Days Grace consists of Matt Walst (Vocals) , Barry Stock (Lead Guitar) , Brad Walst (Bass) , and Neil Sanderson (Drums). The band was formed in Ontario in 1992 which the band was originally called "Groundswell" with former vocalist Adam Gontier. Groundswell only lasted about 3 years until the musicians regrouped and created Three Days Grace. In an interview, Adam stated Three Days Grace came from "What if a person only had three days to change something in their life, could they do it?" In 2003, the song "I Hate Everything About You" was released and Matt stated on stage "If this song was not released 20 years ago, we would not be here performing in front of you. That SONG is the REASON we are HERE"

"The song is pretty blunt you know? It's to the point/ It's about realizing there's something in your life your wasting time on. I think everybody, even in this band and a lot of other people have felt that way before at point or another in their life. Whether its a person, a relationship whatever it is your just wasting time on it. The song is a realization of that" - Adam Gontier



"Animal I Have Become" was the second song performed during their set and its hard to explain in words how much energy the crowd was radiating. The amount of people who were screaming the lyrics along with Matt was soul fulfilling. Listening to this song live for the first time brought back so many memories of my mother and I singing along together in the car or when my friend and I would be in her room attempting to make a dance to it and just demolishing each other. The lyrics for Animal I Have Become was was written by Adam who at the time was battling addiction and the lyrics represent how he felt getting sober. After rehab, Adam Launched "Three Days to Change" tour which performed at treatment centers and other places for those who were struggling for free. He also performed at the rehab center he was placed at during recovery


If you look very closely to the left of the photo, you notice that Stock was throwing guitar picks in the ground during the performance! I witnessed people basically throwing themselves over the barricade attempting to catch the guitar picks!


Matt announced a very heart warming speech to the crowd before performing "Never Too Late"

"Mental health is so fucking important right now. If you know anyone going through fucking something be there for them right now. Eventually you might take it for granted. You might not have someone there forever. Please take care of yourself and everyone around you. Give someone a hug. Tell them you love them. Tell them you CARE" The crowd fell into complete silence and I could see the people in the pit taking out their phones during the speech and I could only imagine they are messaging someone they care about.

And out of the blue, someone I love dearly messaged me and told me "You're doing an amazing job. I am so proud of you. Be safe at the show and I just wanted to tell you that I love you and again SO PROUD OF YOU BESTIE!" This speech was something I think everyone in the crowd needed to hear and take in. Mental health is so important and people you may know might be struggling silently


At one point during the performance a special guest came onto the stage to perform "Just Like You"; the special guest was Nolan Kenneth was is currently the vocalist for the band Heirloom based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. I had a chance to talk to Nolan and he explained, " I would just like to thank Three Days Grace for having me on with them. Shoutout to Neil for making it happen. It was an honor to be part of such a great show"


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Chevelle came onto the stage to end the night with a crowd full of emotions from the previous musicians that had just performed! Chevelle and Three Days Grace are currently co-headlining this tour going back and forth at each show being the headliner!


This is another childhood band that I've been listening to since the album "Wonder What's Next" released back in 2002. Finally being able to listen to "Send The Pain Below" after 21 years made me feel complete. Chevelle is a band who guided me through my teenage years when I finally started to connect to artists and their lyrics.


Chevelle consists of Pete Loeffler (Lead Vocals and guitar) , Sam Loeffler (Drums and Percussion) , Kemble Walters (Bass) ; Currently on Spotify the songs "The Red" and "Send The Pain Below" have a total of 300 million plays! The band formed in 1995 by the Loeffler brothers due to the love for music and naming the band after their fathers favorite car the Chevrolet Chevelle



Chevelle had more of a calmer set compared to the other sets from Three Days Grace and Loathe which gave the audience the chance to take in the engaging lights and know they are going to experience the Chevelle that they been listening to for over 20 years. Chevelle has been very consistent with their sound making sure they don't defer away from the original formula they began with. You could see the crowd was filled with individuals of all ages, confessing that anyone and everyone can relate to their music and their sound has stood the test of time through generations.

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