Chuck Negron, a founding member of rock act Three Dog Night, knows do-overs are rare in life.
“I’ve been given a second chance and I am sincerely grateful,” Negron said in a recent phone interview.
He was a lead singer for Three Dog Night when the band had hits like “One,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Joy to the World.”
Negron comes to the Phenix City Amphitheater on Saturday.
Negron’s incarnation of Three Dog Night called it quits in 1976. The rock and roll lifestyle weighed on the singer, who struggled with drug addiction.
He initially had a rocky road toward recovery, attending 37 treatment programs.
Negron remembers a moment when, stricken with a variety of health problems, he viewed his future as futile. He asked himself a question:
“If I was so willing to die, why not be willing to live?”
He’s been clean and sober for almost 19 years.
“I’m pretty healthy. I’m pretty strong,” Negron said.
He balances his singing with speaking engagements where he discusses issues surrounding addictions.
Expect to hear many Three Dog Night classics at the Phenix City show, which will feature opening act The Loft All-Stars.
“Of course, they’re going to get almost all of the top 40 hits that we did,” Negron said. He has also released some solo material.
“I am so blessed,” Negron said. “It’s a gift from God and I don’t deserve it. I really don’t.”