Wow! Last Thursday night was one of the best live performances I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot. When Chris Daughtry was voted off American Idol so many years ago, taking 4th place on Season 5, we all knew he was on his way to becoming a major talent. Well, fast forward to 2016 and he is everything I imagined a great vocalist could be.
His 3 piece band did an acoustic show at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, but based on the crowd reactions you’d have thought it was a Metallica show – no, I am not kidding. During a set that ranged from his hits, to fan favorites, to Phil Collins, and even Prince’s Purple Rain, Daughtry nailed everything. He joked around, and seemed to be so relaxed, that you couldn’t help but be swept up in it. Opening the show was a duo named Roses and Revolutions. While not the rock genre of Daughtry, they sounded great, and are damn talented.
Let’s start with vocalist Alyssa Coco – what a voice, and she did a duet later in the show with Daughtry that was fantastic. He said they are working on a project together, so watch for that. Now lets talk about guitarist Matt Merritt… this guy can play. One long musical section on his Fender was nothing short of brilliant.
I photograph a lot of bands, and some – while I love to photograph them – are not my style, but for Daughtry we bought 4th row seats. I usually judge shows partially on if I would recommend it to others, and this show is a must see. Seriously, this guy is a born performer.
There is a full gallery below and, If you went, let me know your thoughts in the comments.