Being part of 'American Idol' will follow you wherever you go, but season five standout Chris Daughtry has managed to shake off the show's stigma and pave his own way toward rock star status.

After his stint on the hit show, he turned down a lead singer gig with Fuel and formed his own band, the aptly titled Daughtry, in 2006. With their multi-platinum and award-winning self-titled 2006 debut and 2009's 'Leave This Town' recently passing the million mark in sales, it's safe to say that Daughtry are doing pretty well on their own.

With an arena tour that wrapped last month, Daughtry and guitarist/co-songwriter Brian Craddock flew into New York City to promote the band's latest single, 'September,' and invited PopEater to experience what it's like rolling with the band.