In the thirteen years that I have been a fan of Shinedown, I don’t think I have ever had one of the best performances that I had last night in Springfield, Illinois. Brent and crew sounded amazing, clear, crisp, on point. It was by far one of there best performances I’ve seen in all my thirteen years as a fan. I’m not saying it’s the only one, way back when they first started there was some. I love being able to “hear” Brent’s voice, and last night it was heard loud and clear.
My friend and I got to the venue around 2:30pm, and there wasn’t very many folks there, there was a couple guys that arrived around 9am, they were from Iowa, but overall there wasn’t a whole lot of folks. Both bands did have meet and greet and VIP access, so as usual those folks got in early, and took up most of the rail in front of the stage. But no worries, we were able to get to the side of the rail, and get a good view of what would be an awesome show.
The opening band wasn’t much, but I’ll say that Airborne sounded along the lines of AC/DC mixed with screams and mullets. I wasn’t a fan, they were from Australia and they rocked out, just not to the excitement of the crowd.
Bush was the second band, and they promptly took the stage at 8pm, to an hour set, roughly a little more. Gavin looked awesome and sounded great. I don’t know whether it’s the acoustics in the Prairie Capital Convention Center or what, but both bands sounded clear and crisp, even though I had about ten huge speakers in front of me, I could hear there voices over them. Gavin and crew started out with “Testosterone” to get the crowd moving, they also sang two brand new songs, which I’m assuming will be on an up coming album, they were titled: “Loneliness is a killer” and “This House is on Fire” the set list was as follows:
- The Chemicals Between Us
- Loneliness is a killer
- The Sound of Winter
- Everything Zen
- This House is on Fire
- Greedy Fly
- Come Together (Beatles Cover)
- Little Things
During “Come Together” Gavin left the stage and made his way around the entire venue, singing the song. It was pretty cool, as I knew eventually at some point he would leave the stage, he had done it once earlier in a song, and I did manage to snap this photo:
Bush put on a great show and with this being my third time seeing Gavin, they never disappoint. Excellent performance indeed.
Shinedown was up next and they took the stage around 9:30pm, and earlier in the day listening to there sound check I thought oh great, it’s going to be one of those shows where the music drowns out Brent’s voice, but that wasn’t the case, Brent sounded loud and clear, it was awesome. You could hear every word, and even hear Eric Bass singing who’s mic stand was almost right in front of us.
Shinedown opened up with “Enemies” with an astounding vocal performance from Brent, they quickly moved into “Devour” which is always a favorite. I’ve seen Shinedown live many times, and through many stages of Brent’s life, there has been ups and downs, but here lately there is nothing but ups. He has really grown into an amazing musician you can tell he’s changed for the better on stage. The guys were all decked out in suits and ties, and granted they were sweating, that didn’t stop them from rocking out in a suit.
The set list is below:
- The Crow & the Butterfly
- Save Me
- I’ll Follow you
- Diamond Eyes
- If you Only Knew
- Sound of Madness
- Second Chance
- Simple Man
Overall it was one of the most memorable performances I’ve seen of Shinedown, hearing Brent’s voice over the music just made it extra special.. I’m so glad that it wasn’t a music blast out, excellent job guys.