In a world where a lot of bands and artists lose their originality just to be commercially successful, Shinedown have shown there is no limit to what you can achieve by just believing in your music and being original. Their mantra - work hard and stay true to music, has taken them places.
From a band that began its journey over a decade and a half ago, they certainly have come a long way. From touring with Iron Maiden and performing sell-out shows in stadiums on their own, Shinedown are in it for the long haul. If you are a fan, then grab your Shinedown tickets and watch them bring the house down, live up close and personal.
Brent Smith was the lead vocalist of the band “Dreve” and they signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in the year 2000. The label decided to drop the group shortly afterwards but they retained Smith. This was done for a reason.
Smith was handed a development agreement and then people from the label started to help him hone his song-writing skills. Atlantic Records also began to help him gather members for a new band. Smith relocated to Jacksonville and brought Brad Stewart onboard. The two of them started off by recording demos in a local studio. Jasin Todd was then hired as the third member who was soon followed by Barry Kerch to complete Shinedown’s first line-up.
The Debut Studio Album
Happy with the progress they were making, Atlantic Records gave them the go-ahead for their debut studio album. They released their inaugural studio record “Leave a Whisper” on May 27, 2003. It did not immediately make a mark but Shinedown began to promote it extensively. The record was eventually certified platinum in the United States.
The band then went on to tour in support of the album and played well over a whopping four hundred shows during 2003 and 2004. They were on the road for two years and during that time also went on tours with the likes of Three Doors Down, Seether and Van Halen.
Making Their Mark
Their non-stop touring schedule did not give them enough time to work on their second album. Shinedown had to wait till 2005 to start recording their sophomore record. “Us and Them” came out on October 4, 2005 and it went on to reach the twenty third spot on the US Billboard 200. The track Save Me went to the top spot on the Mainstream Rock Charts, thus becoming the band’s first number one track. The album was eventually certified gold in the United States.
They began working on their third studio album in the year 2007 but not without issues. Todd and Stewart were forced out of the band by Smith due to various issues. Shinedown spent a major chunk of the year recording their next album. The result was “The Sound of Madness” which was released on June 24, 2008.
The record was a massive hit that went to the eighth spot on the US Billboard 200 on its debut. It also peaked at the third spot on the US Top Rock Albums chart. The Sound of Madness also charted in Canada, UK and Austria. It stayed at the US Billboard 200 for an incredible one hundred and twenty weeks.
It was certified twice platinum in the United States. It also went platinum in Canada and silver in the United Kingdom. It also struck a chord with critics. AllMusic and Sputnikmusic both gave it three and a half stars out of five while Melodic gave it four and a half stars out of five. The track Second Chance went as high as the seventh spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned triple platinum certification.
Eric Bass, Nick Perri and Zach Myers then joined Shinedown before they hit the road once again. Perri however stayed with them for a short while before he quit in 2008 to start a solo career.
Amaryllis and Subsequent Years
Shinedown hit studios once again in 2011 to work on their next studio album. They spent the first part of the year writing and recorded thirty three demo songs during that time. The recording eventually finished in February of 2012 and on March 27, 2012 their album “Amaryllis” came out in thirty different nations across the globe at the same time.
It debuted at the fourth spot on the US Billboard 200 and sold one hundred and sixty thousand copies in the first week. It also peaked at the first spot on the US Billboard Alternative Albums, the US Billboard Hard Rock Albums and the US Billboard Rock Albums charts. Amaryllis also charted in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Austria and Japan. It went gold in the US.
Five singles from Amaryllis were also released. Two of those, Unity and Bully went to the first spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts while I’ll Follow You and Enemies both reached the second position on the same chart. Another single from the album, Adrenaline captured the fourth spot.
Shinedown began another long touring cycle despite Smith announcing in November of 2012 that their next album has been recorded. The touring schedule saw them stay on the road for two years. Myers and Smith then recorded acoustic versions of ten cover songs by different artists. They were released in the shape of two EPs titled “Acoustic Sessions” and “Acoustic Sessions Pt. 2.” The first one came out on January 28, 2014 while the second was released on March 28th of the same year.
Shinedown then laid low for a big part of 2014 which was extremely unusual for a band that had either been in the studio recording or touring ever since first coming on to the hard rock music scene.
Their next album “Threat to Survival” was released on September 18, 2015 and it went to the sixth spot on the Billboard 200 on its debut. The record also went to the second spot on the US Top Hard Rock Albums and the US Top Rock Albums charts. It also charted in Austria, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, UK, New Zealand and Ireland.
Three singles from the album, How Did You Love, State of My Head and Cut the Cord went to the first spot on the US Mainstream Rock charts. Another track, Asking for it reached the second position on the same chart.
Shinedown Tour Tickets
Shinedown announced in February of 2017 that work had begun on their next album. They also went on a tour of Europe with metal icons and arguably the biggest metal band on the planet today, Iron Maiden. Chances are that the album will come out in the first half of 2018 and their fans are excited to see what is in store for them.
The band already has a few special performances lined-up for its fans in the near future. If their history is anything to go by then there is a big chance that there is another tour coming right after the album hits the stores. Demand for Shinedown tour tickets will begin as soon as the road trip is announced and it is not hard to see why.