Shinedown, Three Days Grace at 1stBank Center, 03-25-13 (photos, review)By Paige Montgomery | March 26th, 2013 | 3 comments
Shinedownâ€™s Brent Smith just about summed up Monday night when he said, â€śrock n roll is not a genre of musicâ€”rock n roll is a way of life.â€ť
The concert brought out thousands of rock diehards to Broomfieldâ€™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 2013â€”which made for an entertaining four-and-a-half-hour sing-a-long.
Aside from the obvious excitement for the tourâ€™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 didnâ€™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 Walstâ€™s treatment of the mega hits like â€śRiotâ€ť and â€śAnimal I Have Becomeâ€ť 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 Â â€śEnemies.â€ť
With giant anthems like â€śSound of Madnessâ€ť and â€śDiamond Eyes,â€ť Shinedown has one of the most powerful live shows in rock â€” and they make it look more effortless than anyone. The bandâ€™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 youâ€™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 bandâ€™s signature acoustic version of â€śSimple Man,â€ť once again back out on the risers and one final fist-pumping version of â€śBullyâ€ť to remind the Monday night that they were at a true rock show.