They made a grand entrance from the sky in a Black Hawk helicopter, but the five rock stars of 3 Doors Down are grounded when it comes to helping out the folks in South Mississippi. For the fourth year in a row, the members of 3 Doors Down put on their annual concert for the Better Life Foundation, a charitable organization they created.
"We're excited about being back in Biloxi and going back to the original goal of the foundation," said vocalist Brad Arnold.
The concert has been held in Mobile for the past two years, but moved back to Biloxi this year. Band member Chris Henderson says although the concert was held in Alabama, money raised the past two years went to hurricane relief here on the coast.
"Each one of us had a charity that we chose to kind of give to. It all worked out. It really doesn't matter because something that broad, that big that happens, every penny helps. We feel very fortunate to be able to do that," said Henderson.
"This year we're going back to the original plan where we're giving to the kids, and you know, organizations that help battered women and stuff like that. It's a good cause, and we're all proud to be a part of it," said bassist Todd Harrell.
Like the songs they corroborate on, vocalist Brad Arnold says the idea for the charity concert was the result of team work.
"It was a collective idea. We all worked together on it," Arnold said.
Most of the band members call Jackson County home and consider the annual concert a part of paying it forward.
"This community's been so good to us, and we actually really enjoy giving back to the people who have given so much to us, you know. It's a blessing to come home and be surrounded by the people we are because there are some good people here," Harrell said.
The concert has grown bigger since it was first held in 2004. This year, special guests included Sara Evans and members of the Muzik Mafia. A silent auction was also held to raise money for the Foundation.