Exclusive Interview: 3 Doors Down & The Better Life Foundation

Exclusive Interview: 3 Doors Down & The Better Life Foundation
3 Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson performs during the Acoustic - Songs From the Basement Tour. (Photo by: Lyle A. Waisman/ Live Nation)

When 3 Doors Down aren’t busy helping fans rock out, they’re busy helping kids in need through their charity The Better Life Foundation. We recently caught up with 3DD guitarist Chris Henderson to learn more about the band’s upcoming performance at the 12th annual The Better Life Foundation charity concert at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, MS on Dec. 5, where they’ll be joined by country crooner Jamey Johnson. The concert benefits various Mississippi Gulf Coast charities as well as national organizations, and is a a great opportunity for fans to have an awesome time while doing good.

In addition to talking about the band’s charitable work, Chris has some exciting news about the band’s forthcoming album and some crazy tales from the road — including finishing a show MacGyver-style after a massive power outage. Check out the interview below, and if you’re in the Mississippi area don’t miss the show on Dec. 5.

TM: You’re hosting the 12th annual The Better Life Foundation concert at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, MS on Dec 5, 2015. Can you tell us a little about The Better Life Foundation?
3DD: The Better Life Foundation is a non-profit we started twelve years ago to help out local charities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We felt there was a need for support in our local area, specifically women’s and children’s charities. It has since grown to include many others on a national level.

TM: Can you tell us more about this year’s event? Who is involved? What are you most excited for? How is it different from previous concerts?
3DD: This year we have country star Jamey Johnson joining us! We’re very excited to have him. In the past we’ve been joined by our peers from the rock and roll side of things with the exception of Tracey Lawrence who has played twice. To bring back two different styles of music is exciting. I think our music and his will pair nicely! It’s going to be a great show!

TM: This is the 12th annual The Better Life Foundation concert–what have been some of your favorite memories over the years?
3DD: I would have to say the Dixie Thunder Run Ride For A Cause has been one of my fondest memories. It’s a lot of fun to get out and ride with over 100 motorcycles! We always have a great time and it’s for another great charity we love to be a part of.

TM: What are your favorite hometown venues or festivals to play in or around Mississippi?
Mississippi Coast Coliseum by far! I grew up going to shows there so to be able to go back there and play is a wonderful experience! CPR Fest is a great festival we have played in the past as well.

TM: What do you like to do for fun between concerts?
3DD: I’m a workout junkie so I spend A LOT of time working out between shows!

TM: Can you share one picture with fans that’s on your phone right now?

3 Doors Down Guitarist Chris Henderson
(Photo by: Chris Henderson)

TM: What was the first live event or concert you ever attended?
3DD: First live show I ever attended was Hank Williams Jr. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. I was about 12 years old.

TM: Describe your strangest onstage moment (for example, has anything bizarre ever been thrown on stage?).
3DD: My strangest onstage moment was in Cincinnati, OH. A car hit a main power pole outside of the venue we were playing and shut the power off just as we started our 3rd song. We had to cancel the show that night. Brad and Greg went up with a snare drum and a flashlight and sang seven songs to the crowd without a PA or microphone! It was quite the show!

TM: Are there any future plans or upcoming projects you’d like to share with fans?
3DD: We have a brand new record coming out early March. It’s called Us and The Night. It’s our 6th studio record! We’re very excited about it!