However, L.A. rockers Beta Wolf didn't seem to really build on Ruocco's momentum. They rocked harder than Ruocco or Sanchez, but they seemed to lose ground the others had won from a polite, but not overly excited crowd.
That all changed when Daughtry took the stage.
People went nuts.
Daughtry provided a consistently strong show for a near rapturous audience, playing cuts from his latest album, "Break The Spell," as well as selections from musical career since his 2006 run on "American Idol."
Some of the night's highlights included "Home," "September" and a muscled-up cover of Tom Petty's "Running Down A Dream," that was just a lot of fun.
At least on the floor seating, Daughtry had the majority of the crowd on its feet nearly from start to finish. Up in the balconies, people mostly kept to their seats, but that probably had less to do with not being excited as being fearful of tumbling to their deaths after being blinded by Daughtry's very intense lighting array.
Still, this was a show people adored. They didn't just yell; they shouted, they whistled, they hooted and hollered.
Rock 'n' roll is pretty scarce in these parts and Charleston was hungry for it. Daughtry served up a rock 'n' roll banquet.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.