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LIVE: GODSMACK / SHINEDOWN – July 22, 2018

| 25 July 2018 | Reply

Venue: DTE Energy Music Theatre

City: Clarkston, MI

Date: July 22, 2018

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (www.toddstarphotography.com)

When Shinedown and Godsmack announced a co-headlining tour to promote both bands latest releases, everybody that knows rock and roll knew this would be one of the biggest tours of the summer.  When the DTE date was positioned as the tour opener, I knew I had to attend this killer show.  The tour started off with Shinedown taking the lead and hitting the stage ahead of their cohorts.  From the minute the lights dropped and the music started, the crowds enthusiasm and anticipation came together to welcome Brent, Zach, Eric, and Barry to Detroit once again.  Dipping into their catalog throughout the show, the band mixed the new material from Attention Attention with a lot of their hits, providing the perfect blend of new and old, keeping the fans happy from opening note to last.  It was interesting to see the crowd singing songs across the setlist, regardless of the hit quotient or age of the song.  A couple personal highlights during the show was the one-two punch opening of “Sound Of Madness” and “Diamond Eyes.”  This cranked the crowd up and set the bar for the rest of the show.  Near the end of the bands 75 minute set, Brent and Zach exited the stage and headed for the famed DTE lawn and played “Simple Man” on a makeshift stage, bringing their show to the fans in the back of the venue.  “Black Soul” from the new disc went over exceptionally well and should be a live staple for years to come based on the crowds response.  The guys closed out their set with the hit “Devil” and brought what was left of the sitting crowd to its feet.  If tonight’s show was any indication, Shinedown are not resting on their collective laurels, but striving to take their game to the next level.

After a short set changeover, the second half of the evening’s co-headline Godsmack was ready to come out… and they did so swinging.  With a new disc, When Legends Rise, to promote, Sully, Tony, Robbie, and Shannon kicked things off on a different note – with a brand new track.  The releases title track “When Legends Rise” was an appropriate song to start their portion of the evenings festivities, as these guys rose to legendary status as they moved from song to song giving the audience exactly what they came for.  With a discography that goes back a couple decades, the band has no shortage of song their fans want to hear.  The blend of tracks was perfect and showed the progression of the bands sound, while demonstrating how cohesive the music is and the band is as a unit.  The band chose to follow up the charging new song with “1000HP” and “Keep Away” to push the crowd into a frenzy before hitting them with songs like “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” and “Someday,” which saw its live debut.  Two other tracks from the new disc that were well received by the crowd were “Unforgettable” and the killer “Bulletproof.”  There is something about a Godsmack show that draws you in from open to close and keeps you engaged.  From frontman Sully’s command of the shows flow to the heavy handed rhythm section of Shannon and Robbie anchoring the show and finally Tony’s guitar riffs and solos that decorate the performances musical landscape.  As the bands portion of the show came to an end, they broke into “I Stand Alone” and all the while I thought to myself – no one in this venue is standing along tonight… we are all united in rock and roll.

Complete set of GODSMACK show photos HERE

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Complete set of SHINEDOWN show photos HERE

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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