ATTENTION, ATTENTION! Shinedown brought their world tour to Fargo, ND Tuesday evening along with Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria.
Kicking off the night was European rockers Asking Alexandria, opening with their current radio hit “Into the Fire”. You could expect nothing less than a high energy execution with a heavy hitting track such as this one, and this energy was maintained throughout the nine song set.
Sticking to playing mainly tracks from their latest self titled album, they dipped back to 2013 with “The Death of Me” and “Run Free”. Between the seamless stage chemistry, the musical talents and Danny Worsnop's incredible vocal range, each song stood on its own without a single one being under performed.
Although this group has been around since 2006, and with several radio hits, the number of hands raised when the band asked who was hearing them for the first time was easily sixty percent of the dome. That said, they had a great crowd response and I believe made fans out of the first timers.
Next up was Papa Roach, taking to the stage with “Last Resort” followed by “Help”, a raw admittance of weakness from the album Crooked Teeth.
Their stage presence is aggressive, especially frontman Jacoby Shaddix, who sings every song like a teenager pissed at the world. This level of pure intensity mixed with their insane stage lights made for a performance that was electrifying.
For long time PRoach fans, the band added “Between Angels and Insects”, during which the whole room echoed as the crowd sang it back to them word for word.
Jacoby kept the audience pumped, calling out those sitting in the stands saying, “Get up! This isn’t television, this is a fucking rock show!”, bringing just about everyone to their feet.
As the lights go down for Shinedown, the anticipation boiled while fans were blinded from the stage by a large curtain. Within a matter of seconds it all comes to a head with a bang, literally, as the curtain drops and the flames go up! On to the stage rushed the band as fireworks explode to the rock anthem “Devil”.
Could the night possibly escalate from there? It’s hard of course to top FIRE, but between the wild light show, intermingled explosives and raining sparks, there was hardly a dull moment.
The rest of the band’s time was filled with new tracks from Attention Attention, along with the tried and true fan favorites such as “Diamond Eyes” and “I’ll Follow You”.
At one point the band left the stage and returned, all gathering at the end of the catwalk. From there they performed “Second Chance” as the audience held their phone flashlights up high and “Misfits”, which frontman Brent introduced by talking about his first love.
Following their cover of “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd they rallied the night with “Sound of Madness” and “Brilliant”.
Shinedown has cultivated a fanbase of young and old, and they wholeheartedly show their gratitude by giving them an unforgettable show. There are a handful more dates left on the ATTENTION ATTENTION tour and I encourage you to snag your tickets!
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