Chris Daughtry gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. After being eliminated in the Top 4, Daughtry turned down a chance to front the rock band Fuel and decided to form his own band. He auditioned and recruited several musicians to form Daughtry, and he made American Idol history with the commercial success of their self-titled debut. Daughtry tour dates have been scheduled persistently since they debuted in 2006, however, only a few more scheduled concerts remain on the 2011 concert schedule.
In 2006 the band entered the studio with prolific hard-rock producer, Howard Benson, who helped craft Daughtry's alternative-rock friendly debut album. Daughtry took a heavy hand in the songwriting role, he co-wrote the hits "Feels Like Tonight" and "Home". The lead-off single from the album, "It's Not Over", hit #4 on the Hot 100 and the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 right behind the premiere of Jay-Z's album "Kingdom Come". The album churned out hit after hit, with "Home", "Over You", and "What I Want" all reaching the top ten on Billboard's various singles surveys. With the helping hand of a slew of singles, the album was propelled to the #1 spot of the Billboard 200 in its ninth week on the albums charts and went on to sell over four million copies. Daughtry made history and the album is recognized as the fastest selling rock debut in Soundscan history. Additionally, Daughtry was the first American Idol contestant to release an album that charted in the top 100 for over two years. The album proved it had legs and ultimately stayed on the charts for a then record 136 weeks. Daughtry tour dates were booked in support of the album and in 2007 they opened for Nickelback on their tour. Also in 2007, the Daughtry concert schedule included a headlining gig at Summerfest in Milwaukee. The album garnered the band four nominations at the Grammy Awards ceremony in 2008. Daughtry concert dates were booked on the opening slot for Bon Jovi's "Lost Highway Tour" in 2008.
The band headed back into the studio in late 2008 and early 2009 to record the sophomore follow-up. "Leave This Town" was released in July, 2009 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The high placement was fueled by the success of the lead single "No Surprise", which was certified platinum in the US and featured the additional hit singles "Life After You" and September". The album itself was also certified platinum and solidified Daughtry's success while warding off the sophomore album curse. In support of the album, Daughtry tour dates were booked as the headliners on the "Leave This Town Tour" which ran from October, 2009 through October, 2010 with the tour culminating in sold-out shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Daughtry announced on New Year's Eve 2010 that the band is back in the studio recording new material. This March, he announced that two songs, "Spaceship", and "Breaking My Fall", have been recorded and that the new album will take the band in a new musical direction. Daughtry's concert schedule for 2011 include six more scheduled performances throughout Summer, 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Daughtry tour dates, concert schedule, and venue information.
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