Jacksonville, Florida hard rockers Shinedown are inching into that rarefied that so few bands seem to reach these days. For the band and fans this is a wonderful thing, but for the world of naysayers, Shinedown will soon join the ranks of Nickelback as being to popular to be considered a valid band. Fortunately for Brent Smith (vocals), Zack Myers (guitar), Barry Kerch (drums) and Eric Bass (bass) they simply don’t care. They have no time or energy for rock elitists.
This year, after headlining the Carnival of Madness Tour, they took to the road to co-headline Rockstar Energy’s 2012 Uproar Tour in support of their monster fourth studio album, Amaryllis. The album, like its predecessor is packed with radio friendly rockers and has already spawned three hits, all of which made it into the group’s 12-track setlist for Uproar.
The guys kicked the set off with the title track from their previous album, The Sound of Madness before jumping into “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)” which appeared on The Expendables movie soundtrack. To complete the opening trifecta they blasted through their newest single, “Enemies”.
Shinedown bounced back to The Sound of Madness for “If You Only Knew” before returning to the new album for what may be the band’s next single, “I’ll Follow You”. The band also played the first two singles from Amaryllis, “Bully” and “Unity”.
From The Sound of Madness the band also performed “Devour” and their mammoth hit, “Second Chance”.
The band ignored their sophomore record “Us and Them” pulling the final three songs from the set from their 2003 debut, Leave A Whisper. They wowed the crowd with an excellent rendition of the Lynryd Skynyrd cover “Simple Man” and the single “45” before closing the show out with “Fly From The Inside”. Noticeably absent was the single “Burning Bright”.
As they always are, Shinedown were full of energy and enthusiasm with Bass and Myers working the stage while Smith prowled the stage with barely contained intensity. From behind the kit, Kerch kept the momentum driving forward.
Fozzy vocalist Chris Jericho raved about all the bands on this year’s Uproar Festival, but he was particularly vocal about how incredible Shinedown were night after night.
Check out our interview with Barry Kerch here.
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