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Posted September 15, 2012 by Always Acoustic in Concert Reviews

Daughtry Summerfest Review at Marcus Amphitheater

Saturday, July 7, 2007
By Aaron Keker

SUMMERFEST, Milwaukee – Last night, Daughtry played for a sold out Marcus Amphitheater at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The evening started with a performance by Small Town Sleeper. After they exited the stage the anticipation and excitement started to settle in.

As I looked at my cell phone it was 9:20 p.m. All of a sudden the lights dimmed into darkness and everyone rose from their seats.

The band started to enter the stage into the dimmed darkness and then the crowd exploded with excitement as Chris Daughtry entered the stage and began singing the first verse to “Crashed” from the album Daughtry.

Several songs later, Chris Daughtry played one of his favorites songs “Gone” from the album Daughtry.

As the evening further progressed, the audience waited in anticipation to hear their four favorites songs off the Daughtry album? If you know the album, then you know which songs I am referring to.

When Chris Daughtry sang “Feels Like Tonight” from the album Daughtry, everyone in the amphitheatre sang along with Chris and his band mates. As we sang along to the verses, a majority of the individuals in the first three sections were holding up their cell phones lighting up the front of the stage. After the song concluded, the audience exploded in excitement.

Three songs before the encore Chris Daughtry played the remaining three favorite songs of the audience. He started with “What About Now,” “It’s Not Over” and ended with “Home.” In each one of those songs, the amphitheatre sang along with each song. After each song ended, the ovations were getting progressively louder. That evening, if the entire Summerfest was quiet, you probably could have heard the sing along and ovations all the way down Lake Michigan into Chicago.

I really enjoyed seeing Chris Daughtry and the rest of the band at Summerfest. I watched him perform on American Idol in 2006 and I wondered if a rocker would ever win on American Idol. On May 10, 2006, Chris Daughtry was voted off American Idol and that was the end of another rocker’s run. In my opinion, it was probably the best thing that happened to him because he would not of had the freedom to form his own band Daughtry.

Lets go on step further. I am a fan of Fuel’s but at least he chose not join the band when he could have. If he would have joined Fuel he would have played Fuel’s music and not his own. I am sure he would have had a triple platinum album with Fuel, but who knows? At least we know Daughtry has one now. So, I would like to formally congratulate Chris Daughtry and his band mates for their debut album being crowned triple platinum!

If you are a huge fan of Daughtry’s, I would encourage you to go out and purchase their bonus track album on iTunes. “Sorry” is one of my favorite songs on the Daughtry bonus track album. Also, if you enjoy the song, maybe you can vote for it as your favorite on www.daughtryofficial.com. If that is not your favorite song, then I encourage you to vote for your favorite song.

I know by reviewing the website that 36% of you voted that your favorite songs are “It’s Not Over,” “Home” and “Breakdown.” In fact, if those are your favorite songs, check these songs out acoustically on either Napster or Rhapsody. They sound even better when they are stripped down acoustically.

Finally, I wish Chris Daughtry and his band mates would have played “Sorry.” Maybe, next time? I believe Chris Daughtry will be around for years to come and I am looking forward to his next album, whenever that will be. It might not be for a while because at some point he needs to take a break and be going home back to the place where he belongs. Below is the set list from Summerfest.

Summerfest Set List:
  1. “Crashed”
  2. “What I Want”
  3. “Used To”
  4. “Gone”
  5. “Over You”
  6. “Breakdown”
  7. “Feels Like Tonight”
  8. “Black Days”
  9. “What About Now”
  10. “It’s Not Over”
  11. “Home”


  1. “There and Back Again”