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New members, new album for 3 Doors Down homecoming shows at the IP

COURTESY 3 DOORS DOWN
COURTESY 3 DOORS DOWN

It's been a long time since 3 Doors Down released an album of new material. But the rock band from Escatawpa dropped their seventh album "Us and the Night" on March 11.

The album is the first one the band recorded since the departure of bassist Todd Harrell, who in December was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty in a vehicular manslaughter case in Nashville from 2013.

It is also the first album without longtime guitarist Matt Roberts.

But the band has moved on -- they suspended Harrell from the band in 2013 -- replacing him with bassist Justin Biltonen and finding a new guitarist in Chet Roberts.

To celebrate the release of "Us and the Night," 3 Doors Down will play at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi on Friday and Saturday.

Although the album was released in March, the first single "In The Dark" was released to rock radio stations in January.

"The song is doing really well for us," founding member and guitarist Chris Henderson told the Sun Herald.

Henderson said the song is getting a lot of radio play in South Mississippi.

"Biloxi is a rock town," Henderson said. "(W) CPR has been playing the song a lot -- they are always very supportive of the band."

"Us and the Night" was recorded in Nashville at Rivergate Studios with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More).

"It was an experience to get back in the studio and do some recording," Henderson said. "We did so much touring and so much happened with the band -- we are really excited about this album."

Henderson said he is also looking forward to the weekend shows at the IP.

"Biloxi is our hometown, and we always have great shows there," he said. "We expect to see a lot of friends and family and fans over the two nights. The shows should be a lot of fun."

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