Shinedown’s March performance at the Paramount Theatre, was a visual feast to be sure, though that only served to augment a crisp-sounding performance from the band. Lead singer Brent Smith was chatty and charming, guitarist Zach Myers and bassist Eric Bass were animated throughout and bolstered the performance with their backing vocals, continuous energy, occasional turns on keyboards and acoustic guitars, while Barry Kerch provided a ferocious, rhythmic battering of a beat on the drum kit all night.
The only quibble anyone could have had with show is that Shinedown’s set was a relatively brief one hour and 20 minutes, meaning plenty of hit songs were omitted from the set, such as Heroes, Bully, The Crow and the Butterfly, and most glaringly, If You Only Knew, to say nothing of the myriad anthemic songs from the new album Threat to Survival that didn’t get played but would be perfectly at home in a longer set, such as It All Adds Up, Dangerous, Oblivion, Black Cadillac and Misfits.
Shinedown’s mid-set song Cut the Cord, the lead single from the new album, set the tone for the evening at “fast and loud” as the crowd happily fist-pumped to Smith’s howling vocals.
The crowd favorite of the evening was the quasi-ballad acoustic version of Second Chance from the 2008 album The Sound of Madness remaining as popular today as ever, and the crowd not only got the cell phone videos going en masse, but sang along enthusiastically to every word. Their cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man, featuring just Smith on vocals and Myers on an amplified acoustic six-string also proved popular.
One of the many highlights of the evening was another new track, State of My Head, a mid-tempo, ear-worm anthem espousing the notion that in the end, who and how we loved is all that matters in life. While the song may have been initially unfamiliar to some in the audience, it quickly won them over and seems destined to be a staple of future set lists.
At one point throughout the evening, Smith called out a supposed fan for flipping him the bird nearing the end of his crowd surfing session as he made it closer to the stage. The guy was escorted out of the venue immediately in front of the 3000 in attendance booing him as he sported the walk of shame right out the door.
Before launching into their second to last song of the evening Simple Man, Myers went on stage solo giving the Seattle crowd something memorable. Seattle’s own Alice in Chains hit song Nutshell would be played acoustically and sung with precision with the audience hanging on to every word. Needless to say, it was a sight to see Myers performing it so effortlessly while putting all of his emotions into such a memorable Seattle-based tune.
The finale of the evening was their 2008 hit Sound of Madness, which was and always will be a fan favorite for many years to come.
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