Shinedown at Pine Knob Music Theater, 5 Things to Know – Morning Sun
Shinedown performs Tuesday, September 12 at Pine Knob Music Theater in Independence Township (Photo by Sanjay Parikh)
Shinedown released their debut album, “Leave a Whisper,” 20 years ago. The Florida quartet has caused quite a stir ever since.
Shinedown’s debut launched a platinum career, and they have since produced six more albums and launched a record 19 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. Shinedown’s also had the most Top 5 and Top 10 hits of any act on the same chart and ranked first on Billboard’s Greatest All Time Mainstream Rock Artists chart. The successful run continued with the band’s latest album, “Planet Zero,” which was released 15 months ago and sent the title track and “Daylight” to number one, and “Dead Don’t Die” to number two.
It’s an impressive legacy in a relatively short period of time – and one that Shinedown plans to continue building according to forward Brent Smith…• Shinedown wasn’t planning to be on the road now — at least not in North America, Smith, 45, says by phone. “I thought we were going to look at a little more international action this time, but because of finances and things like that, and just timing, it wasn’t possible. Then I started getting people to talk to me about how we were dealing with this (latest) song ‘Symptoms of Being Human,'” And how would it help if we were playing outside? I told everyone, ‘I’m going to tour this fall on one condition; I want to direct Papa Roach and I want to direct Spirit Box,’ and they both said yes, so we have this amazing show for everyone, and we’re very excited about it.”
• This time, Smith says, Shinedown has adjusted its set list to continue promoting “Planet Zero” but also with the group’s history in mind. “The thing about Shinedown, and I don’t take this for granted, is that yes, there will be people in the audience who have maybe seen us 40 times, but there’s a lot of audience, and most of the audience is a lot of people times, which is new. So obviously you You want to play the songs that are known and the ones that people are there to watch – the core 10 songs, at least, that you know you’re not going to get out of there without playing. But then we focus on doing some great sets of four or five songs together, and we don’t do the same setlist In one city at all. So, you never know what show we might come out with ‘Amaryllis’ or ‘Cyanide Suicide’ or ‘Thick as Thieves’, or we might get ‘Black Soul’ or ‘Darkside’ from ‘Attention Attention’. It’s a lot of work in terms of rehearsals, but we want to make sure every night gets its own eclectic setlist.”
• “It feels like 20 minutes” instead of 20 years since Shinedown released that first album, Smith says. “I tell people that being in Shinedown is like being in third grade forever; You don’t want to lose your inner child, so why do this in the first place? That’s because it’s fun. That’s because it’s sexy. It’s because it’s what we love to do and we’re so lucky to make a living doing what we’ve all wanted to do since we were kids, because I never had a plan B.
• Shinedown’s success so far has been tremendous, but Smith stresses that “there’s no need to give us our roses because we haven’t even scratched the surface yet.” I am grateful and thankful for everything. I can think back and be grateful for it, but we are always looking forward. It’s always about what’s in front of us and where we should go next. We want to continually raise the creative bar of what we do and how we present ourselves as a band – for our own sake and out of respect for our fans and the people who have supported us over the years.
• As for the next batch of Shinedown’s music, Smith says, “I haven’t written anything new per se, but the universe always talks to me when it’s time to write something new. I don’t think I’m ready to dive into a new album yet. I still think we’ve arrived At some point with Planet Zero, that’s what we’re looking at now.
Shinedown, Papa Roach and Spiritbox perform at 6:40pm on Tuesday, September 12 at Pine Knob Music Theater, 33 Bob Seger Drive, Independence Township. (313)471-7000 or 313Presents.com.
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