SHINEDOWN w/ THREE DAYS GRACE AND FROM ASHES TO NEW
@ PINNACLE BANK ARENA, LINCOLN (NE)
APRIL 25, 2023
Roaring onto the stage with their hit “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)”, Shinedown, easily one of rock music’s top bands, brought their usual A-game to the Pinnacle Bank Arena tonight in Lincoln, NE, complete with a T-shaped stage, spectacular lighting, and explosive pyrotechnics.
Moving straight to its latest single “Dead Don’t Die” followed by the ballad “I’ll Follow You”, lead vocalist Brent Smith stopped and does what he is best at, engaging the crowd. He asked everyone to look to their left, and then to their right and shake hands with the person to the right and the left and thank them for coming to the show. Each of the 7,000+ fans gave high-fives, fist bumps, shook hands, and united as friends.
The crowd erupted as the band delivered its battle cry “Bully” then “Unity” before Smith gave his intro to the powerful love song “If You Only Knew”. As the music started, he said ‘In the rock ‘n’ roll community anyone, anywhere is welcome all the time.’
Smith turned things back up by getting everyone to jump as “Enemies” began, then slowed it way down to talk about the band’s work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for the past two decades. For every ticket sold on this tour, $1 is donated to the AFSP. His moving words ‘Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of. Suicidal thoughts are nothing to be ashamed of. Be brave. Say something. Talk to someone’ are spoken as guitarist Eric Bass moves over to the piano that is being lowered from above. The band gathers around, and Smith sings “Symptom Of Being Human” while lying atop the piano.
As Herbie the Flying Piano is lifted back up, they pounded a thundering “Sound of Madness” and “Planet Zero” before throwing it way back to 2003’s Leave a Whisper with “45” followed by a 2009 recording of Casey Kasem introducing “Second Chance”, their biggest hit from the Sound of Madness album. They wrapped up the two-hour show with “Cut the Cord”. Planet Zero’s closing song “What You Wanted” plays as guitarists Eric Bass and Zach Meyers are tossing out guitar picks, drummer Barry Kerch is frisbee tossing out drumheads, and closing credits are rolling on the screens at the back of the stage.
Shinedown is currently on their Revolutions Live tour with Three Days Grace and From Ashes to New.
(Photography by Melinda Welsh)