Photos and Review By Ryan Renger
Shinedown proved once again why they are one of the greatest Rock bands of this generation. With an elaborate stage set-up, fantastic pyro, and a rowdy crowd, the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the place to be on Sunday night. For 20 years, Shinedown has been putting on the best show in town wherever they go; Minneapolis was no different! With loud cheers erupting from the crowd, Brent Smith, Zach Myers, Barry Kerch, and Eric Bass emerged from the center display. They took their respective spots on the stage and immediately busted into their opening song, Diamond Eyes. It felt like an earthquake on the arena floor, with every single person jumping to the beat of Smith's "Boom-Lay Booms." The set's opening continued with more great songs like I'll Follow You, with a piano dropping down from the sky and the arena swaying from side to side as they sang the lyrics along with Smith. As the show continued, there was a realization that every song on the setlist was amazing! The middle of the set featured Unity, State Of My Head, Sound Of Madness, and so many more. It was also at this point that the emotions in the
show, Smith spoke at length about the band's partnership with the American Foundation For Suicide Prevent. He spoke to every person in the audience when he talked about the Rock community and how they are all a part of a family and that someone is there for them. It brought tears to many eyes, especially when Smith mentioned that a dollar from every ticket sale would go to the AFSPs projects. The talents of every band member were on full display through the latter half of the set. Myers' movement of the guitar pick showcased well on one
of the original Shinedown songs, 45, which Smith also pointed out would be 20 years old at the end of May. The band also got to have a little fun with each other, sans Smith, with a cover of 90s Pop-Rock band Oasis's Don't Look Back in Anger. The acoustic part of the show continued with Daylight and Get Up before jumping into one of the most well-known cover songs in their repertoire, Simple Man, with pictures of Lynyrd Skynyrd playing on the video board behind the band. The show ended on a high note with Monsters and Cut The Cord. Although it was unfortunate that the show had to end, every person left happy. This show also came on the heels of another Shinedown tour announcement, which will kick off in September with Papa Roach and Spiritbox, so if you didn't see them on this run, check the band out then, and you won't regret it!
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