Daughtry concert brings diverse crowd to Luhrs


Daughtry has been performing for over a decade, and its fan base has kept them going. “That’s the key ingredient to keeping a band together. That’s the gasoline, and without it you can’t run,” said frontman Chris Daughtry.  

Chris Daughtry made his big debut on Season 5 of “American Idol” in 2006, soon after his band, Daughtry, released its first album of the same name. The band’s work quickly found its way to the top of the Billboard 200. 

Daughtry strutted onstage with Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” backing him.

“Shippensburg, how the hell are you all doing?” Daughtry cried out to the applauding crowd. 

Daughtry is well-known for all four of his albums, each of which has made the Billboard Top Ten. In the United States, his albums have sold more than 8 million copies. 

One of the first songs performed was “Feels Like Tonight” from the band’s debut album. Daughtry belted out the higher notes with ease while enthusiastically slapping a black tambourine against his thigh. 

Part of the tour’s purpose was to promote Daughtry’s new album, “Cage to Rattle.” He introduced one of the new songs off the album himself.

“This song goes out to anyone out there who had a [expletive] day, week, month…” Daughtry said. “To get through these days we gotta have some backbone. This song is called ‘Backbone.’”

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Chris Daughtry has challenged himself in other creative ways over the years. He drew the cover of a Batman comic, which was a lifelong dream of his.

Daughtry heavily encouraged the audience to get involved, and frequently interacted with them during the show. When he performed one of his biggest songs, “Coming Home,” he told fans to get loud. “I need y’all loud. It’s Friday night, it’s party time!” Daughtry yelled. 

He continued to pump the audience up throughout the show. “Let me tell you a little secret. Y’all sound better when you’re standing up.” The audience promptly scrambled to its feet. At one point, Daughtry twirled a woman in a circle whose hand he found in the front row. 

Daughtry continued to play fan favorites and new songs alike including “Breakdown,” “White Flag” and “It’s Not Over.” He then retreated off the stage to prepare for the next portion of the concert.

2013’s “Man of Steel” theme, composed by Hans Zimmer, began to rev the crowd up like an engine as Daughtry returned to the stage to perform “Waiting for Superman.” 

At the end of the concert, Daughtry told the crowd about his humble origins. “I never knew I would end up in Shippensburg,” he said before he performed “September,” a song about home. 

Daughtry’s most recent album, “Cage to Rattle,” was released July 27.

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