This late fall tour for 3 Doors Down is kind of a warm up for 2013, which promises to be a lot busier.
"2012 was a slow year," he said. "We went to Europe, but took a lot of time off, had some changes in the band and really spent a lot of time getting ready for this greatest hits record."
The record, "The Greatest Hits," was released Tuesday. Henderson sounded a little baffled about.
"It was one of those things where the record label went, 'Do you want to?' And we said, 'Sure?'"
Still, he agreed, it made more sense for the band to release the compilation, which is a little more than just a collection of hits. The record contains nine songs that have been remixed and re-mastered, plus three new cuts.
"The remixing was a little tricky," he said. "When you remix a record, you don't want the songs to sound the same as before."
The new mixes have a more modern edge, and some of the songs just sound better. The remixed version of "It's Not My Time," for instance, has a much stronger guitar component, which Henderson said he likes much better.
He said, "That was always one of the things I've had issues with. You record all of these beautiful guitars, and then they take them and crush the crap out of them. It just doesn't sound like when you recorded them. I was always a little disheartened when I'd get the mixes back."
Some of the new mixes sound much stronger.
"They sound a little more alive, and that's because of the technology," he said.
Still, the remixes were mostly studio creations, a different way to present some of the band's best-known work. In concert, 3 Doors Down will be sticking to what their fans know.
Other bands, Henderson knows, are changing things up. Some, like Canada's Three Days Grace, are even trying out dubstep.
"I don't get dubstep," he said. "I can't wrap my head around it. It seems like pretty much for one dubstep artist to the next, it's the same."
Henderson acknowledged that maybe that sounded a little closed-minded. Just the same, as far as electronic music goes, those other bands can probably just keep it.
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