In keeping with overblown arena rock
tradition, we recognize that all career-making live albums
must have a sequel. Trouble is our 1994 Epic Records debut,
Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust Live,
wasn’t exactly career-making. In fact, it pretty
much ruined us at Epic. Thirteen years and eight-hundred
shows later, we’re giving ourselves a do over. And
what we hope sets Three Chords II apart from
classic sequels like KISS Alive II, Cheap
Trick at Budokan II, and hell, even Frampton
Comes Alive II, is that it wasn’t taped in
a recording studio then overdubbed with fanatical crowd
noise. This show actually happened. Bum notes, dropped
beats, and all.
Three Chords II was recorded
live in its entirety at The Newport Music Hall on November
17, 2006 in our hometown, Columbus , Ohio . The capital
city was simmering in anticipation of the next day’s
meeting between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan down the
block at Ohio Stadium. Outside the Newport , High Street
was ready to burst into a couch-burning, car-flipping
riot. Inside, with the legendary Dead
Schembechlers joining us on the bill, the
sold-out crowd of 1,800 pushed against the security barrier,
banging down 36-ounce Budweisers like sailors on leave.
Ready. Steady. Go. Our amps turned up
and turned sideways. No set list. No effects. No laptop
computers or in-ear monitors. Nothing pre-recorded or
looped or click-tracked to submission. Just a rock band—a
real rock band, the kind that plays Les Pauls and Marshalls,
not Apple PowerBooks—working to somehow keep the
train on the tracks.
You can download the new
live album from iTunes or eMusic.
While you're listening, look at these great pictures
of the CD release show taken by Allan Foster. For those
in the physical world, the album will be in stores and
available for order September 11th.