Rock with a twist

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – For Three Days Grace, the glass is half full.
And it should be.
Three Days Grace has made a name for itself in the hard rock genre, thanks to hit singles like “Animal I Have Become,” “Never Too Late,” “Pain,” “I Hate Everything About You” and “Break.”
The band was named Billboard’s Number One Rock Artist of the Year in 2007, and its first two records have gone platinum.
The Canadian rockers are on tour to promote their latest album, “Life Starts Now,” and the band’s lead guitarist, Barry Stock, said that a “life is good” attitude flowed into the new CD.
“We kind of went to a darker place in order to get the content. We’ve all had a lot going on in our lives. … It woke us up. It was a bit of a reality check, to try to be more positive and try to take the hand you’re delivered and try to make the best of the situation you’re dealt,” Stock said.
On the road again
Three Days Grace is bringing that positive vibe out on the road.
Fans can expect to hear old favorites as well as new tunes on this leg of the tour.
“We’re doing a bit of everything,” Stock said. “There’s something for everybody in this show. It’s pretty dynamic.”
Three Days Grace has been an opening act so often, and Stock said it’s nice the band gets to stretch its legs on a headlining tour.
“We do as much as we can to try to make the show bigger and bigger. We don’t want fans to come and see the same show they’ve seen before,” he said.
Stock said rock fans should come out to see Three Days Grace, Chevelle and Adelitas Way at the Arena Friday.
“They’re gonna have a great time. We have a great time,” he said. “When they’re excited, we’re more exciting – everybody sings along, and we play all the singles and then give them a lot of extra stuff. They certainly won’t be let down.”

– Hey, Barry Stock, what’s on your iPod?
“Personally, I’m a fan of classic rock. I love ’70s music. What I love about it most is the imperfections that the music has and I miss that from modern music. You know, everything’s so cleanly edited, and that’s really changed the music. Things just got a bit too clean and perfect. …(Classic rock) really has that organic sound; it live and breathes as you play it.”
Rock out
Who: Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Adelitas Way
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo
Cost: $39 plus service charge
Info: (662) 841-6528