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3 questions with 3 Doors Down

The Tampa Bay Rays went undefeated last year when hosting a postgame concert at Tropicana Field. Will the streak be intact Saturday when 3 Doors Down takes the stage in centerfield? The Mississippi-bred rockers — powered by radio-friendly hits like Kryptonite, Loser and When I'm Gone — have played a bunch of unique gigs over the past decade, including George W. Bush's inauguration party. But with the home team struggling in the AL East, this show is far more important, at least to baseball fans. Lead singer Brad Arnold was happy to alleviate our collective anxiety in an e-mail interview.

Is it tough being a "conservative" band in the days of President Obama? Or is that an unfair label?

To me, it's not tough at all. I think our country is going through a rough economic time right now. But I think we all need to have faith in our leaders, and in ourselves, and we'll be just fine.

Off the stage, 3 Doors Down does a lot of good with your Better Life Foundation. Any special plans for that cause this year?

We hope to top the $250,000 we raised last year — all through the generosity of our fans. We're in the process right now of purchasing six very special children's cancer treatment beds that are built from actual NASCAR parts. Each bed has a fun NASCAR game that kids play sitting inside the car as they receive their treatment.

You know, the Rays have never lost on a night when they've had a postgame concert. Are you feeling the pressure? You don't want to start the Kryptonite Curse on us, do you?

I'm thinking we're going to have a good postgame victory concert for you guys. We love Tampa and we're looking forward to rockin' with you all.

Steve Spears, Times staff writer

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. Fast Facts

3 Doors Down

The band plays shortly after the conclusion of the Rays-Twins game on Saturday. The concert is free to those attending the game. Game time is 4:10 p.m. and tickets start at $10 at rays.mlb.com.

Upcoming Rays concerts

Ludacris: June 13, Rays vs. Nationals, 6:08 p.m., African-American Celebration

Pat Benatar: June 27, Rays vs. Marlins, 7:08 p.m., '80s Night

Smash Mouth: July 11, Rays vs. Athletics, 6:08 p.m., '90s Night

Flo Rida: July 31, Rays vs. Royals, 7:38 p.m., no theme

Daughtry: Aug. 1, Rays vs. Royals, 6:08 p.m., Heroes Night

The B-52s: Aug. 15, Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:08 p.m., Sci-Fi Night

Big & Rich: Aug. 22, Rays vs. Rangers, 7:08 p.m., Country Night

The Beach Boys: Sept. 5, Rays vs. Tigers, 7:08 p.m., Beach Night

3 questions with 3 Doors Down 05/27/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 4:30am]

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