Opening Fall Concert Season with Godsmack / Shinedown – Greensboro
Fall Concert Season Begins:
Photos by: Luke Jamroz
Greensboro came to party and so did Shinedown, Godsmack, and Asking Alexandria at Greensboro Coliseum. If you were a 90s kid this line-up is basically the ambrosia of the rock world. The golden gods Shinedown bring a well-dress bravado and searing guitar solo driven performance. While Godsmack leans on the chunky static waa’s of the guitar and the indomitable vocalist Sully Erna, and let us not forget the pyro. It’s all about the pyro!
If you’ve been detached from a TV, radio, or any electronics in the past two decades let us catch you up on all things Shinedown & Godsmack and break it down a bit about Asking Alexandria.
Five sets the tone
Opener Asking Alexandria (Sumerian) have been in this game since 2006, and us die-hard fans have went through a lot with them. Band member changes, five albums, and a complete transformation in sound from a more metalcore base to now a melodic hard rock or some would call it post-hardcore vibe.
They have jumped genres with grace and kept their fan-base surprisingly. Their latest tunes off of their self-titled album heavily saturated their five-song performance, and we weren’t complaining!
The only song not on the new album was “Someone, Somewhere,” and while we enjoy the oldies but goodies it was hard for them to find older tunes that fit with this tour and new sound so it made sense.
The crowd received the band well and hopefully with opening up for bands like Godsmack and Shinedown the fan base will spread further.
Positive vibes only
The cool S-backdrop took up the middle of the stage and was spotlit giving us that the pump of what was coming. A larger than life rock show.
The anticipation was building and as the first strum or kick of a drum, the screams were almost deafening.
A little backstory, Shinedown is a rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 2001 and broke out in 2003 with their debut album Leave a Whisper with chart-topping hits “Fly from the Inside,” “45”, and a cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Simple Man”, and “Burning Bright”.
Who could forget their other huge hit “The Sounds of Madness” that sprouted an album of the same name and a massive two-year-tour. Since then this has been their staple action (touring).
Their newest single “Get Up,” accompanied by a new video has been on heavy rotation in most cities. The tune was penned by Brent about fellow group member bassist Eric Bass’s private battle with severe depression and anxiety.
“Brent wrote the lyrics about me, and about what until that point had been my private battle with severe depression and anxiety. I never talked about it with anyone and it was only known by my wife, my bandmates, and my close family. But that all changed. With the swipe of a pen and a few simple piano chords, Get Up crashed into our lives! It raised its hand! Calling out for us to throw off the stigma that is so often associated with mental health and addiction issues, and to unashamedly and without fear write and talk about our most personal struggles! Get Up was the birth of the album Attention Attention. It was the moment that made everything OK. It was a saving grace for us, and we hope that it will be for you as well.” – Eric
The show was jam-packed with hits from their latest four albums, and even some soundtrack gems like “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)” that was recorded for 2010 film The Expendables. Watching Myers and Smith play side-by-side and sometimes back-to-back was mesmerizing.
The entire band has a bond that is undeniable in the flesh. Their set and performance is at home in an arena – a hard fait. Most of these shows are so disconnected from the crowd due to the amount of space they have the play to. It somehow is an intimate experience for every attendee.
Bring on the Pyro!
You can’t think of Godsmack and not think about tribal or face tats, headbands, the infamous wristbands, wallet chains, or huge arena rock performance as well as one of the three songs “I Stand Alone”, “Cryin’ Like a Bitch!!”, or “Voodoo”. All of which we heard and saw tonight!
The band were always destined for an arena show, I’ve seen them live for decades now in small venues all the way up and they are a staple in almost all rock festivals worldwide. Rightfully so.
With the stern vocals of Erna the sick pigskin shots of drummer Shannon Larkin and the licks the likes of Jimmy page by guitarist Tony Rombola. You are jumping around the whole set, hand horns flying with the sea of fans and the pyro it’s so hot and so tall you feel like you’re legitimately in the pits of hell!
The band’s latest album When Legends Rise came out this past April. The first single off the album “Bulletproof” peaked at number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
The band has been out touring heavily since the release when this run is done the better parts of October and November Godsmack will be over to give the European fans some up close and personal time. Make sure to grab your tickets now!
Having covered Godsmack recently at Carolina Rebellion we were itching to get back in the pit with them. The energy coming off the fans is infectious and low-key addictive. To get our fix we were there front stage snapping away. Peep what our staffer Luke Jamroz got from this set and the whole night.
Overall, the entire night was one big badass rock show and we can’t wait until you get to experience this show again. And if by some fate you were unable to attend this tour we at least hope you enjoy our coverage!
You can see Shinedown and Godsmack next weekend Saturday the 29th as they will appear on Day Two of the acclaimed rock festival Louder Than Life. Asking Alexandria will be on the final and third day of the festival Sunday the 30th.
Remaining tour dates 2018:
Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center ###
Tupelo, MS @ BancorpSouth Arena ###
Toledo, OH @ The Huntington Center ### +
Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival ###
Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center ###
Brookings, SD @ Swiftel Center ###
Billings, MT @ Rimrock Auto Arena ###
Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena ###
Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena ###
Everett, WA @ Angels of the Winds Arena ###
Portland, OR @ Veteran Memorial Coliseum ###
Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival ###
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK @ O2 Academy Newcastle @
Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow %
Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy %
Norwich, UK @ Uea Norwich %
Southampton, UK @ O2 Guildhall Southampton %
Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham %
Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol %
London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton %
Paris, France @ Cabaret Sauvage %
Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall %
Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013 %
Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp %
Pratteln, Switzerland @ Konzertfabrik Z7 %
Borgerhout, Belgium @ TRIX Centrum voor Muziek %
Warsaw, Poland @ Stodola %
Munich, Germany @ Muffathalle %
Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz %
Stuttgart, Germany @ LKA-Longhorn %
Hamburg, Germany @ Docks %
Copenhagen, Denmark @ VEGA Musikkens Hus – Store Vega (Main Hall) %
Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene %
Stockholm, Sweden %
Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus %
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation @ A2
Moscow, Russian Federation @ Adrenaline Stadium
Nizhniy Novgorod, Russian Federation @ Milo Concert Hall
Kazan, Russian Federation @ Kazan Concert Hall
Lake Buena Vista, FL, US @ House of Blues
Lake Buena Vista, FL, US @ House of Blues