List: Brent Smith of Shinedown Shares Favorite Concerts
Tue, 20 Nov 2012 07:06:20
Shinedown consistently throws down live.
Headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival this past summer, the quartet brought their biggest and most incendiary stage show yet, practically razing every amphitheater in the process of leaving their fans with an unforgettable concert experience. Somehow, they keep getting better too. Supporting this year's phenomenal Amaryllis, the group will embark on a co-headlining run this winter with Three Days Grace. Expect the show to get even more badass!
Given their propensity for amazing live sets, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to Shinedown singer Brent Smith about the best concerts he's seen…
Brent Smith of Shinedown Lists Favorite Concerts
We were on tour with Nickelback on The Sound of Madness. I'll say that they're fantastic because they're great showmen. That set was just ridiculous. The production was just insane. We were playing venues that ranged from 18,000-capacity to the smallest places where like 12,000- or 13,000-capacity. There was not one empty seat in the room. I've got to give them a lot of respect and props. Quite frankly, I wouldn't say, "I stole some ideas", but I definitely borrowed some ideas [Laughs]. That's the beauty of it. As far as a stage show goes, they're one of the last artists I've seen that really puts on a larger-than-life stage show.
I remember going to see Bad Company with my dad when I was a kid, and that was awesome.
I saw R.E.M. back in the day on the Monster tour. There's "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and all of those songs on that record and, of course, their whole catalog. Michael Stipe just sounded amazing that night.
I was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. The Thompson Bowling Arena is one of only ten arenas in the United States that's a dry venue. That means they don't serve alcohol. Some bands don't want to play that venue. Pearl Jam had never played that venue. It was their first night there. I'll never forget. Eddie Vedder had a black cooler behind him right in front of the drum riser. He'd go back and forth each song, and he was drinking Heinekens all night. He'd put each Heineken on the front of the stage there. He still sounded spot on though! They're one of those bands where it's, "Set it and forget it". They just go for it. There's no click track or anything. The whole band is amazing.
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See our exclusive video interview with Brent Smith here!