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After more than five years on tour, Chris Daughtry certainly sounds like a stage veteran.

His band rehearsed at the Greensboro Coliseum this week before heading out on a nation wide summer tour

While he sounds like a rock star, he looks like a super hero–Muscle and Fitness Magazine featured the front man in a six page spread in their July issue

“Being on the road for five years, I put on about 30 lbs. eating late, drinking beer, eating pizza,” Daughtry said.

He says he decided it was time to clean up his diet and start working out.

Inspired by his love of comic books and super heroes, Chris says he worked hard to completely change his body and he says it’s paid off on stage–making him a better, more energetic performer.

“I want to be a good example for my kids. I want to be a good example for anybody in this generation,” he said.

That proves this rock star is a by day, still a dad and a family man who loves to talk about his kids.

Whenever possible, Chris tries to write and record at his home. Right now, he and the band are working on their fourth studio album.

“Writing with a lot of people I’ve never written with before really challenging ourselves to up our game and evolve as a band, as writers and performers,” he said.

Chris says they hope to have the first single out by the end of the year and the entire record out by February.