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Shinedown demands “Attention Attention” at Van Andel Arena

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Grand Rapids,Michigan(Oct 1,2019)-It was long but enjoyable wait for fans, but when the opening chords for “Devil” cut through the thick night air inside Van Andel Arena, the anxiety from the wait was instantly lifted for all the Shinedown loyals in attendance.

Long recognized for their energetic and pyrotechnically filled live shows, tonight’s endeavor was a “by the book performance.”  “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom Lay Boom),”the second song in the set, started the pyrotechnic onslaught with large plumes of fire along with the appropriate sonic announcements that surrounded drummer Barry Kerch. The pyrotechnics continued throughout the set, often finding frontman Brent Smith perched on the drum riser along with Kerch, enveloped in the plumes himself.

Shinedown © John Swider

Shinedown’s set wasn’t all fluff and no substance by any stretch of the imagination. True fans know what to expect going in and Smith and the band delivered by the truckload. Radio favorites  “Monsters,” ”Attention Attention,” “45”and“Bully”mixed in with “Enemies”and “Call me ” got the show off to an incredible start! A great run for any artist but that was only the first stanza of the distinctive high intensity show!

The second, a semi-acoustic stanza highlighted the vocal abilities and range of the talented Brent Smith. Along with guitarist Zach Myers and cloaked in total darkness, the pair moved to the stage front and performed the mega-hit “Second Chance” followed by fan favorite, a cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrds classic “Simple Man”. Illuminated by a single white spot-light both moved about on stage while waving and leading the chorus on the sing-a-long crowd favorite.

Shinedown © John Swider

With the full band retaking the stage to start the final run to the finish, Shinedown came out armed with some of the strongest music in their repertoire. The band now fully re-energized after a short break off stage, blistered off 3 burners back to back to back. “Cut the Cord” lead the assault with “Get Up”and the ever-popular “Sound of Madness”supporting the back end.

The immensely entertaining night ended on the Attention Attention World Tour stop in West Michigan and Shinedown’s set with the appropriate and often overlooked “Brilliant,” the last cut off the tour namesake and most recent release “Attention,Attention.”  It was the perfect choice to end one of the more memorable nights of music in the Micro-Brew Capital of the World!

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