Shinedown Rocks Bryce Jordan Center With Saturday Night Concert
Rock band Shinedown came to the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, April 8, as part of its “Revolutions Live” tour with guests Three Days Grace and From Ashes to New.
Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville, Florida. The band was formed in 2001 after the dissolution of lead singer Brent Smith’s previous band, Dreve. As part of the Planet Zero World Tour, Shinedown partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to donate $1 for every ticket sold.
From Ashes to New opened the concert at the BJC Saturday night. The band was created in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2013 by lead guitarist Matt Brandyberry. In addition to punk rock and alternative metal, the band also incorporates rap vocals into its songs.
The concert started off with a bang with “Nightmare” and “Heartache.” Brandyberry took a pause and told the crowd how excited he was to be performing at Penn State. The crowd erupted into cheers as the band jumped into “Hate Me Too” and “My Name.”
Brandyberry grew up in Elizabethtown in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He admitted to the audience that when he wanted to start From Ashes to New, he received much backlash. He decided to create the band anyway, and the band has now released three studio albums: “Day One,” “The Future,” and “Panic.”
The band finished off its performance amidst exuberant cheers with “Panic,” “Crazy,” and “Through it All.”
Three Days Grace took the stage next, opening with “So Called Life” and “Animal I Have Become.”
Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band that was created in Norwood, Ontario in 1992. The band was originally called “Groundswell” before fame. The band has released seven studio albums, its most recent being “Explosions” in 2022.
“We’ve come to f*ck sh*t up,” lead vocalist Matt Walst said.
The band jumped into “Home” and “Pain.” Walst urged the audience to raise their glasses to the next songs “Break,” “The Mountain,” and “Painkiller.”
The “Revolutions Live” tour isn’t the first time Shinedown and Three Days Grace have performed together. The two groups first toured together 10 years ago and have been close ever since.
The band took a brief pause as a video played on the big screen of how the band wrote “I Hate Everything About You” before performing it on stage. They started with the lyric “I hate everything about you, why do I love you?” and went from there.
Before performing the next song, Walst explained the importance of mental health.
“If you see someone you know who is struggling, reach out to them and say ‘hey man, it’s never too late to turn around,'” he said. The audience members lifted their flashlights during the band’s slower song “Never Too Late.”
The band ended its set with “Riot.”
After a brief intermission, Shinedown, the main act of Saturday night’s concert, took the stage with an introduction video of the band members. As the video ended, the big screen folded out to reveal Shinedown standing behind the screen. The band members walked forward as the crowd cheered in excitement.
The band immediately launched into its performance with “Diamond Eyes” and “Dead Don’t Die” accompanied by bursting fireworks and flames that lit the stage.
The band then transitioned to a softer song, “I’ll Follow You,” as Eric Bass, the group’s guitarist and vocalist, played the piano.
Shinedown’s lead vocalist Brent Smith urged the audience to be kind to neighboring listeners as the band transitioned to “Bully,” “Unity,” and “If You Only Knew.” Slower in nature, the lyrics spoke of the struggle with mental illness.
Red lights lit the stage as the band performed “State of My Head” and “Enemies” next.
“As you know, we haven’t been shy of mental health in the past,” Smith said.
He went on to explain that Shinedown is a mental health ambassador for suicide prevention.
“The worst thing you can do is stay silent. Let them know they are loved,” he said.
The band then performed “A Symptom of Being Human,” a song Smith dedicated to “those we have lost.” Flashlights lit the BJC as sparkling fireworks rained down on the stage.
The band then jumped into “Sound of Madness” and “Planet Zero.” The group then performed “45,” a song from its debut album. May 27 is the 20-year anniversary of its debut album “Leave a Whisper.”
The band then performed “Devil” and “Second Chance.”
Shinedown performed a cover of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis, which was released in 1995.
Smith and Zach Myers, a guitarist and vocalist, took the stage alone for the next song, “Daylight.”
Bass and Barry Kerch, the drummer, joined the two on stage for the remaining songs — “Simple Man,” “Monsters,” and “Cut the Cord.”
As the band said goodbye to the audience, Smith said “it’s never goodbye, it’s just ’till next time.”
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