Shinedown’s Brent Smith just about summed up Monday night when he said, “rock n roll is not a genre of music—rock n roll is a way of life.”
The concert brought out thousands of rock diehards to Broomfield’s 1stBank Center for Shinedown, Three Days Grace and POD. The lineup has a collective list of Top 10 singles, up there with just about any tour package in 2013—which made for an entertaining four-and-a-half-hour sing-a-long.
Aside from the obvious excitement for the tour’s headliner, fans were equally as eager to see how Three Days Grace would fare with new frontman Matt Walst of My Darkest Days. Walst replaced longtime TDG vocalist Adam Gontier, who left the band amid controversy in January due to an undisclosed health issue. Walst didn’t have the same grit to his vocals that Gontier offered, but Walst more than made up for it in style and stage presence. It was a slightly pop-ier version of TDG, but Walst’s treatment of the mega hits like “Riot” and “Animal I Have Become” still packed a powerful punch.
By 10 p.m., the crowd completely forgot it was a Monday night. As the lights went down a not-so-subtle roar emerged from the crowd, which was now lit by smart phone cameras pointed at the center of the arena. It was time for Shinedown. With frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers poised on risers in the middle of the arena, the Florida rock band had the venue swarming as they kicked off “Enemies.”
With giant anthems like “Sound of Madness” and “Diamond Eyes,” Shinedown has one of the most powerful live shows in rock — and they make it look more effortless than anyone. The band’s chemistry on stage is one of the best parts of Shinedown, particularly Smith and Myers, who are arguably one of the most entertaining duos in rock. If you watch closely you’ll even catch Myers slinging guitar picks at other members throughout the show.
The headlining set from Shinedown had it all; loud pyro, standout guitar solos, badass vocals and killer melodies. The night ended with the band’s signature acoustic version of “Simple Man,” once again back out on the risers and one final fist-pumping version of “Bully” to remind the Monday night that they were at a true rock show.