By Meghan Caverly/OTC journalism student
Shinedown headlined The Avalanche Tour with two other bands at the Shrine Mosque on April 9. I was there. It rocked.
The show started with a relatively new band called New Medicine that was full of energy and even though they only played a set for about 30 minutes, ending with their current single, “Race You to the Bottom,” the audience had a huge response to them. They sold CDs throughout the rest of the show in the lobby.
Adelitas Way performed next and really got the crowd energized before Shinedown came out. Adelitas Way was promoting their current record, “Home School Valedictorian” featuring their current hit single, “Alive.” They gave away a signed guitar immediately after they played while they signed autographs at their merchandise booth.
Shinedown came on stage and played at two-hour set bursting with energy. They opened with the title track from their third record “The Sound of Madness,” immediately going into “Diamond Eyes” that was featured on the Expendables soundtrack in 2010.
Shinedown is currently traveling promoting their fourth album “Amaryllis” that debuted March 27. They played both current singles “Bully” and “Unity” along with several other tracks from the current album.
Though the concert had high-energy songs, they also played some of their ballads and, of course, their famous cover of “Simple Man” was featured in their encore and was a major crowd-pleaser.
“Unity” was an extremely moving song played during the show when Brent Smith sang the chorus with such conviction:
“Put your hands in the air /If you hear me out there /I’ve been looking for you day and night,” it was hard to find a person in the crowd who didn’t have at least one hand in the air.
Though lead guitarist Zach Myers tweeted earlier in the afternoon he wasn’t feeling well, his playing didn’t show any weakness at all. Myers let out raging solos and amazing skill throughout the entire show.
As the band left the stage there was a roar of applause and in the streets lining the Shrine many people meandered around hoping to get a final glimpse of the band.