Jade Presents brought Shinedown to Fargo, North Dakota on their “Threat To Survival” tour Wednesday night at the Fargo Civic Center. The crowd was a tough group and the band took the initiative to do something about it, starting the night off by calling out the bullies shoving their way through and nearly knocking over a small group of young women.
Shinedown, having a song exactly about standing up to bullies, stopped the show to address the issue. Frontman Brent Smith warned that the behavior wouldn’t be tolerated and made the final statement that he would stop every song until they “got it right”.
Later, when Smith got fed up with the lack of participation, claiming a disconnection, he found his way into the crowd. He told everyone to put their phones away, all who were in their seat to stand and prepared everyone to jump on his command.
“This isn’t a library, and you’re not at a funeral, stand up!” proclaimed Smith.
The fun aspect to a Shinedown show is their involvement. From the way they interact with their audience to the way they share the stage with one another, there is a sense of involvement from start to finish. They take the time to form a connection, showing an extra appreciation for their fans.
Trying something new with this tour, the setlist was different for each stop. Fargo received a few new tracks including “State of My Head” and “Cut the Chord”, a few oldies such as “Amaryllis” and “45”, as well as a cover of “The Freshmen” originally by The Verve Pipe.
This review wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the opening act, The Virginmarys. Hailing from England, the three piece has spent the past weeks touring with Shinedown. Though they were new to me, they had their fans in the audience. I saw many singing along and banging their heads, while others were wooping and hollering out song titles. They had great stage presence and were the perfect start to the night.
Over all, the whole night was high energy and a fantastic show. Shinedown put on an amazing set and gave their fans what they came for, which was some good rock and roll.
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