It has been nearly two years since Shinedown last toured the UK and tonight’s packed out Roundhouse proves that it has been long awaited!
This evening’s main support came by Pennsylvania’s own Halestorm who offer us no frolics, straight up, hard rock. Fronted by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Elizabeth “Lzzy” Hale, who is a personal friend of tonight’s main attraction, the band storm through a pleasing mixture of alternative metal, ﬁnishing with 2009’s crowd pleasing hit “I Get Off”. Lzzy Hale exhibited her incredible vocals and warmed up the venue in anticipation for the headliners in a very neat fashion.
The fans milling around the Roundhouse range from seasoned rockers to teenagers showing that one thing can be shared and appreciated amongst all music fans, which is quality. Shinedown are just that.
Opening their set with the title track from their third album The Sound of Madness, Shinedown don’t hold back on hitting hard from the minute they take the stage. As always with the Jacksonville four-piece, the bass is booming, drums are tight, guitar playing is perfected and vocals pitch perfect. Personally I believe that frontman Brent Smith has one of the best vocals in hard rock today.
Shinedown power through many of their hits including “Devour”, “Cyanide Sweet Tooth” and “Diamond Eyes”, from the soundtrack of The Expendables, but also play homage to many of their classic tracks such as “Save Me”, “45” and Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Simple Man”. Also the band took the opportunity to preview some tracks from their new album Amaryllis which comes out this March.
Shinedown never disappoint, and have further secured themselves as one of the best hard rock bands out there today.
1. Sound Of Madness
4. If You Only Knew
5. Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide
6. Save Me
8. The Crow & The Butterﬂy
9. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
12. Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
13. Second Chance
14. Fly From The Inside