ATLANTIC CITY - In retrospect, it makes sense that Chris Daughtry gained his fame through a TV show watched by millions.
Daughtry's music is the most mainstream type of hard rock imaginable, but he supplements it with well-crafted pop-rock songs that he sings very well. He is good-looking and his music doesn't have an edge that would scare off some women, who were out in abundance during his eponymous band's sold-out show Friday at the Mark G. Etess Arena in the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.
Early on during the concert in front of more than 5,000 fans, Chris Daughtry displayed the crowd-pleasing instincts that helped him reach fourth place during season five of "American Idol."
Daughtry opened its concert with one of the better songs, "Everytime You Turn Around," from its newest CD, "Leave This Town." Chris Daughtry came on stage with his rock-star cool all dressed in black, and the digital cameras and cell phones were out in force to capture a picture of him on the floor, where most people with seats stood on their chairs.
Within the first four songs, he whipped out two crowd pleasers.
The hit "It's Not Over" from the 2006 debut CD and the first single, "No Surprise," from the newest CD turned into crowd sing-alongs. "Leave This Town" was released in July. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart.
After the first three songs, Chris Daughtry showed that he was willing to give the crowd a long night of rocking by taking off his black jacket to reveal a black T-shirt underneath.
This was Chris Daughtry's first appearance in the city since he sang as part of the "American Idols Live Tour 2006," which stopped at Boardwalk Hall.
Besides singer-songwriter-guitarist Chris Daughtry, the Daughtry members are: bassist Josh Paul; drummer Joey Barnes; rhythm guitarist Brian Craddock and lead guitarist Josh Steely.
Based out of North Carolina, the quintet hit the road on its fall arena tour on Oct. 19 in Kansas.
The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort appearance was one stop on a tour that will take the band into 36 arenas nationwide. The band's final show this year is on Dec. 20 in Indiana. It opens for Nickelback in January and February in Europe, according to www.pollstar.com.
Daughtry was nominated by the American Music Awards for this year's Adult Contemporary Music Favorite Artist Award.
Daughtry's self-titled debut release is the fastest-selling rock debut album in history, moving 1 million copies in the first five weeks after its November 2006 release. It was the most popular album of 2007 and sold more than 4 million copies.
The triple bill of Daughtry, Theory of a Deadman and Cavo turned the concert into a night of big guitars, big drums and big choruses.
Theory of a Deadman may have been on the road too long. It last performed here in March, opening for Motley Crue at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. It also toured during the summer promoting its newest CD, "Scars and Souvenirs," the band's most successful release to date by selling more than a half million copies since its release last year.
Lead singer Tyler Connolly was not on his game vocally, and the crowd didn't really seem to respond to the set. At one point, he whipped out a video camera and started filming the audience to get it to make more noise and rise out of its seats.
Theory of a Deadman played two really good songs, "Bad Girlfriend," which sounds like it could have been recorded by Hinder, and "Hate My Life," which is begging to be re-recorded by a country act like Toby Keith.
Opening act Cavo hasn't had the success of Theory of a Deadman, but its songs equal that band's, as lead vocalist Casey Walker sang better than Connolly.
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