Fans lined up in droves outside the House of Blues Anaheim GardenWalk in anticipation of taking in another surreal performance by one of their most beloved bands, the Multiplatinum rock band, Shinedown, touring in support of their current and fifth album, Threat To Survival (2015), via Atlantic Records.
Shinedown’s Brent Smith (lead vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (lead guitar/backing vocals) and Eric Bass (bass, backing vocals) closed out the group's 12-date West Coast trek playing a sold-out 2,200 capacity show at the main music hall.
Hard-rock juggernauts and Minneapolis natives, Cold Kingdom, opened the night's musical festivities. The quintet comprising Dani Engum (lead vocals), Evan Ogaard (guitar), Jason Michael (bass), Zac Boyd (guitar, vocals) and Chris Morley (drums, percussion) have a fervid live music show that weaves in and out of different emotional musical planes--inspirational and motivating. It was an exceptional performance.
The crowd roared as the stage lights dimmed to reveal Shinedown onstage, taking command of the people around them with ferocity and sheer intensity. The group opened their brilliant 15-song set with their fastest-rising single to date, "Devour," from their third studio album, The Sound of Madness (2008).
The entire band is a fearsome live act with a real passion for their music. The always-gracious lead singer, Smith, was the quintessential showman, hitting every note in his three-octave range. The band's chemistry, magnified by lots of face-to-face interaction, made the enthusiastic fans feel as though they were part of the intoxicating action on stage.
Shinedown did not disappoint. The night's performance included tracks from their latest album, Threat To Survival, as well as classics spanning their entire catalog, including fan favorites, "Enemies," "Unity" and "I'll Follow You" from their 2012 Amaryllis LP. Every song was met with complete adulation as the packed house sang along to every word. By the time Shinedown closed out the set of pure energy with the three-song salvo of "Cut the Cord," "Simple Man" and "Sound of Madness," the band, and probably every fan in attendance, was as emotionally drained as they were physically exhausted.
Shinedown and Cold Kingdom raised the roof as they took the crowd on an intense musical journey. It was the kind of show that die-hard fans dream of experiencing--head banging, smiling, a rock’n’roll tour de force--an excellent night at the House of Blues Anaheim at GardenWalk.
Shinedown will now head to Europe in support of the legendary kings of metal Iron Maiden as they continue on their hugely successful "The Book of Soul" world tour in a series of European arena shows opening in Antwerp, Belgium on April 22 and closing out in London on May 28.
For more information and Shinedown 2017 tour dates, head over to their website.
Text and photos by Joshua Weesner of Stand Up Alone Productions
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