Back in July, Shinedown in combination with radio station WJRR announced they would be playing two intimate “An Evening with Shinedown” shows back to back at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL, on December 28th and 29th. The two shows sold out within a couple weeks and due to such high demand, Shinedown decided to add an additional date for December 27th.
Although the band didn’t officially confirm anything, they hinted that each show would be entirely different. Well, after this weekend, we can confirm the rumors were correct!
Night 1: Sound of Madness
Fans were clearly anxious for night one. In fact, the House of Blues itself was hardly visible through the massive line of people that wrapped all the way around the back of the venue. Showtime was scheduled to kick off at 8:30 PM, but the line was so long that the venue was still filtering people in by that time. Thankfully, start time was delayed to ensure all fans were in before the music got going.
Curtains hid the stage, but the crowd was ready for a rock show the second they were drawn open. A familiar drum cadence hailed the entry of Barry Kerch, who took a seat behind a drum kit featuring nostalgic artwork from the 2008 album Sound of Madness. Eric Bass (bass) and Zach Myers (guitar) followed, taking up their places across stage. Vocalist Brent Smith walked out behind them, ready to command the stage from the first opening note of “Devour.”
“Sound of Madness” came next on the setlist, and “Second Chance” as the third song squashed any doubts of this show being anything other than a 10 year anniversary celebration of Sound of Madness. Shinedown ripped through the full album flawlessly, including “Cry for Help,” “Sin With A Grin” and “Breaking Inside,” which haven’t been played live since 2010. There was very little fluff between songs and the album seemed to end as soon as it started.
Thankfully, Shinedown had a lengthy second portion of the set in store. The majority of part two turned the focus to the latest 2018 album release Attention Attention, with the album’s first single “Devil” being a heavy hitting and well received kick off into the encore. A few fan favorites including, “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom),” “Enemies” and “Cut the Cord” were also tossed in, and no Shinedown show would be complete without their cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”
Shinedown closed on an upbeat note, with the anthemic song, “Brilliant.” Brent graciously thanked everyone for being there, reminding the crowd to, “Always and forever, remain Brilliant.” Setlists, guitar picks and drumsticks galore were tossed into the crowd, making one of a kind tokens to remember an absolutely one of a kind show.
Night 2: An ACOUSTIC Evening with Shinedown
Night 3: Shinedown Request Live
Shinedown have built their name on rock songs both brutal in power and epic in scope. Now, with their latest album, Shinedown (Brent Smith, Barry Kerch, Eric Bass, and Zach Myers) veer away from that densely layered sonic palette and take a more direct approach. Featuring lead single “Cut the Cord” — a blistering track that shot to #1 on Active Rock radio — Threat to Survival finds the multi-platinum-selling band achieving their most powerful sound ever and offering up their most important album to date.