3 Doors Down was selected as the musical entertainment to officially kick off Monday night's All-Star festivities at Yankee Stadium, which included one of the most popular features at any All-Star gathering in any major sport -- the State Farm Home Run Derby.
This year's All-Star week carries special meaning, because it will be one of the last crown jeweled events to ever take place at this Yankee Stadium before the doors close for good at the end of the '08 season.
Arnold and his 3 Doors Down bandmates understand the historic nature of this All-Star Game and were thrilled to be a part of the celebration.
"It's such an honor to be here, and to be part of the finale, the last year before it's gone," Arnold said. "We're just honored that they asked us to do it, and honored to be here. It's a pleasure to be a part of it. Now we're going to have some fun going out there and watching these guys knock some balls out of the park."
Arnold feels a certain level of anxiety every time he performs, but having performed at several NASCAR events in the past helped keep him calm this time. Besides, it wasn't like he was performing the national anthem, which is enough to frazzle the nerves of even the most accomplished musicians.
"I don't really get scared so much anymore, but it's still that mass amount of people," Arnold said. "I've done the national anthem at times, and that's really scary. I wasn't really nervous this time, so actually, beyond the nerves, I got to enjoy it."
3 Doors Down was formed nearly 13 years ago, and since then, they've sold 15 million albums and had three multi-platinum albums. Their first album, 2000's The Better Life, sold six million copies, and their 2002 follow up, Away from the Sun, sold four million. They've had six No. 1 hits.
They have a relentless road schedule -- between now and Nov. 4, they'll have put on an astounding 57 shows, with almost no down time in between. Stopping off at Yankee Stadium to perform two songs wasn't just a welcome diversion from their normal performance schedule, it was also an honor and an unforgettable experience.
"It's really cool when you think of where you're actually standing," Arnold said. "The history of this stadium, it goes beyond just baseball history. This stadium has influenced the history of this country. It's all just nostalgia. It's a pleasure to be a part of history."