I listen to very few artists that are given radio play, Shinedown being one of them. I am a massive fan of the band and when I scored GA tickets to this show I definitely shed some tears. More were to come the night of the show for sure, especially when they played “Second Chance” but who wouldn’t cry.
Alright, now down to the nitty-gritty.
The openers have to come first, since you know, they open the show. At this point I have seen all three bands on the lineup twice, this past show being my second time seeing them. When I first saw Asking Alexandria, they were towards the end of their co-headline tour with Black Veil Brides this past May. I had jammed out incredibly hard to Blessthefall and was therefore giving my entire body a break and sitting off to the side of the venue. After about two songs of their set on that tour, I was desperately trying to get myself back into that crowd because the energy in the room was off the charts. You throw these guys into an arena and the energy still soars. If you ever have the chance to see them live, I promise you they will not disappoint.
Papa Roach are the same way, I saw them open for A Day To Remember Feb. of 2018 and was absolutely bouncing off the walls, along with pretty much every other person in attendance at that show. So when I watched them play in an arena, it was no different. The energy was soaring and I can easily say that Jacoby Shaddix is one of the BEST frontmen in the business. P.S. both of these bands are touring together this summer and you can get yourself tickets from the link at the end of this post!
Now on to Shinedown. First off these guys know how to put on a damn SHOW. I was absolutely captivated from the moment they got on stage to the moment the lights went up. From the lights, to the energy, to the crowd, all of it came together and made of the best, if not the best show I have seen to date. The set list was absolutely phenomenal, having tunes from all albums and even playing “Save Me” which they hadn’t played in years and didn’t play at any other date of the tour. Of course they did their cover of Lynyrd Skynnyrd’s “Simple Man” which had many of the people around me crying. Finally they closed with “Brilliant” off their most recent album Attention Attention.
Next thing to consider was the staging and lighting. The stage was set up as basically two stages. The main stage was connected to a catwalk which lead to a smaller square stage where the band played about half of their set. I was barricade for this stage and could not have asked for a better experience from it. The lighting and backing graphics fit every song and lended to the overall experience tremendously.
Finally, the energy. I go to lots of concerts, so far upwards of 40 since 2013. I have never lost my voice at a show, until this one. I may have had whiplash from headbanging, always have a ringing in my ears, but I have never once left a show with a gravely voice. I sang every word at this show and had absolutely no notion of just how loud I was. I was so caught up in the presence and the rush and the fun, that I lost every worry, even the one of keeping my voice. That seemed to gain some smiles at points so I would consider it a win.
This show was so much fun, and it was such a great experience to have. I met wonderful people, had a blast with fantastic music, and was a part of something so well put together that I can’t actually compare it to anything else that I have done before. Shinedown pulled off one of the best shows that I have ever seen and I cannot wait to see them again.
Tickets for Papa Roach with Asking Alexandria: https://www.paparoach.com/tour