Shinedown – Live @ The Coca-Cola Roxy

Article and Photos by Andrés Alvarado


Jacksonville rockers, Shinedown, took to Atlanta’s chic Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre for two consecutive nights of rock-n-roll craziness with some twists. While night one consisted of the usual dose of that Shinedown live circuit madness, night two was more intimate feeling, stripped down, and rather tamed; when compared to the reputation of the quintessential Shinedown shindig. On this second evening, the dapper looking quartet gave onlookers a serving of acoustic deep cuts, impressive covers, and some tales behind the tunes. In short, Shinedown served up a rock concert with an MTV Unplugged type of flair.

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Brent Smith of Shinedown

At roughly ten minutes to nine, lead singer Brent Smith makes his way onto the deck. Sporting a striped maroon blazer, black jeans and some Doc Martens, Smith is by his lonesome, yet smiling. Under a wave of cheers and chants, Smith dials in an A cappella rendition of Otis Redding‘s famous “(Sittin’ On) The Dock By The Bay” before being joined by his mates. A short skit ensues about the theme for this presentation and how it would play out. Two hours of showmanship was promised, two hours were delivered.

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Barry Kerch of Shinedown

Sticking to their word, the Shinedown chaps played below their customary live circuit energy; nonetheless, what was obtained was pure magic and curbed enthusiasm. Sing-along snippets replaced the habitual moshing, raised-up lit cellphones ousted the head banging, and applause supplanted the wildness. Even drummer Barry Kerch — whose braids flail in every which direction at a typical Shinedown throwdown — oozed a pacifistic demeanor. This get together was absolutely different, yet mesmerizing and highly inclusive. Through the anecdotes preceding certain melodies, and Smith even laughing off a botched vocalization of “Burning Bright,” Shinedown was in complete control; albeit in a whole new sense.

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Zach Myers of Shinedown

Among the night’s more notable moments were a Zach Myers cover of INXS‘ “Never Tear Us Apart,” an array of dynamic lasers intertwined to gorgeous strobes, elevated drum kits, and a hyped rendering of closing track “Sound of Madness.” All said and done, the Shinedown chaps may have changed things up a bit, but the intensity, musicianship, soul and showmanship remained as lit as ever. The gang’s temporary metamorphosis was well received by aficionados and straightforwardly proved how musically diverse these alt-metal cats really are. In layman terms, it was a grand ole time.

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