Tuesday September 20, 2022
Darien Lake Amphitheater
Darien Center, NY
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto
Shinedown returned to Western New York Tuesday evening touring in support of their latest album Planet Zero. The crowd of over 6000 enjoyed what was one of the oddest touring packages out on the circuit today. Usually Shinedown brings out bands such as Three Days Grace, Papa Roach or In This Moment which fits right in the genre. Shinedown threw em a curveball by bringing in Nashville recording artists Jelly Roll and John Harvie. On paper it did not make sense but as vocalist Brent Smith would explain later on Rock and Roll is a spirit and any genre could fall under that umbrella.
The band took to the noticeably raised stage to the sounds of “The Saints Of Violence and Innuendo”. The powerful anthem brought us to 2018’s Attention Attention Standout “Devil”. The band followed suit by playing another new song “America Burning”. Smart move by hitting the crowd with the new stuff right away so they have no choice but to listen as opposed to later in the set. Regarding the new songs I feel they dropped the ball by not performing perhaps one of the best songs they’ve ever written in “Symptom In Being Human”. Hopefully on their next leg they rectify that glitch.
The highlights of the near two hour set featured “Bully”, the title track of the latest album and of course the powerful fist pumping anthem “Enemies”. Guitarist Zach Myers and bassist Eric Bass along with drummer Barry Kerch were left onstage to perform the Oasis cover “Don’t Look Back In Anger”. The band brought Jelly Roll out to perform the Skynyrd classic “Simple Man”.
Shinedown have consistently released a new album every three years or so. They also follow that up by playing on average a hundred tour dates every year. Obviously due to the Covid-19 pandemic they had to tone it down but this year will mark the band’s first year since 2019 to top 100 shows. They also have a streak of six consecutive gold or platinum albums looking to make Planet Zero seven. Not too many rock artists have been able to do what these guys have accomplished in recent years. Shinedown has an appeal that draws fans in and keeps them there. Their success has been the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart where so far all 29 singles released have reached the top 5. Quite impressive in these times. Regardless of who opens one thing is sure that Shinedown will deliver live just as they did Tuesday night out at Darien.
The Saints of Violence and Innuendo
How Did You Love
The Crow & the Butterfly
Cut the Cord
Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
Don’t Look Back in Anger (Oasis Cover w/Zach Myers and Eric Bass)
Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover w/ Jelly Roll)
Sound of Madness