BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Friday night, the Coast Coliseum was rocking. Hometown heroes "3 Doors Down" performed to a sold out crowd for "CPR Fest 13."
The festival was started by the local radio station WCPR in Biloxi years ago, but it's name and the talent it has propelled has given it world wide recognition.
Years ago, 3 Doors Down members were thrilled just to open the show, now they're back home as the headliners of this major event on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
3 Doors Down has toured the world, sold tens of millions of records and performed live on shows like Jay Leno. But they say headlining "CPR Fest 13" is like coming home.
Todd Harrall, 3 Doors Down Bassist says, "It's good, man. It's fun; it's a great feeling to come back home. It always is."
After all, the Jackson County band got their start on 97.9 WCPR and was the local band chosen to open CPR Fest 4.
Now another local band, "Jane Doe's Dead" out of Gulfport, is getting that same shot at fame.
Josh Gillie is Jane Doe's Dead Lead Singer says, "I'm extremely, extremely excited, just to be able to play with all these large bands and just actually play in front of a huge crowd. It's an honor, you know, a true honor."
9,000 tickets were sold. Hundreds of fans waited in the heat all day for the Coliseum doors to open.
3 Doors Down Lead Guitarist Chris Henderson says, "This is probably the biggest, for a town like Biloxi, this is a big event, pretty much every year."
Jane Doe thanks CPR for offering them this big break and 3 Doors for paving the way.
Josh Gillie says, "Cause they're just like us, regular people killing it you know. It's awesome!"
The guys in 3 Doors Down haven't heard the local band yet, but hope CPR Fest gives them the same kind of chance for success that they've had.
Chris Henderson says, "It would be nice, yeah, are they from here?"
When he was told they were from right here in Gulfport, he says, "Oh really? Well ,good luck to them. I hope they do it; that would be nice."