Shinedown’s Brent Smith on Gen Z, Planet Zero & Health
Shinedown simply rocks. For those that follow me, you know that my favorite band of any genre is Shinedown. I’ve been following them for nearly 20 years since their inception. My first concert ever was seeing them at the House of Blues in Chicago. I’ve previously had the fortune to speak with the band’s frontman Brent Smith.
I recently had a chance to reconnect with Brent with the upcoming tour on the horizon and the release of the video of “A Symptom of Being Human”. Brent and I discussed the album Planet Zero and the singles, plus went back in time to discuss the 20 years of Shinedown.
Brent Smith is legitimately one of my favorite people to talk with. He’s just a quality human being. Always present and engaging. Offers a lot of great perspectives and thoughts. Just a genuine real guy. What a year it’s been for Shinedown already. The 20th anniversary will include a US tour that kicks-off April 3rd.
So it really feels like I’m getting to chat with an old friend whenever Brent and I speak. I told him about my first concert seeing the band perform at the House of Blues in Chicago back in 2006, Brent mentioned that venue being one of his favorite places to perform at. That performance had a connection with Wrestlemania 22 weekend in Chicago that year. Great memories.
Since the last time we spoke, I was aware that Brent doesn’t feel Shinedown falls squarely into a particular genre or type. He’s 100% correct as the band has evolved over years and created music of impact and social commentary. I was surprised how much praise he had for Gen-Z and their consumption in music. Brent really seems to feel strongly about how the youth are transforming and consuming music in a positive way. That’s pretty cool stuff there.
My favorite part of the conversation (aside from the personal invite to see them live) was getting to talk about the impact Brent’s health journey has inspired me to make changes. In our previous conversation he shared with me his struggles and life changes he made to get healthy. We continued that aspect of the conversation and I was able to share my story and improvements. Brent was gracious in his responses. Even offered a cool compliment on how I look a decade younger than I am! Awesome guy, make sure keep supporting Brent Smith and Shinedown. They are doing great music and are even partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Bravo.
Shinedown has announced that they are partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
(AFSP). Shinedown will donate $1 for every ticket sold to their upcoming 21-date The Revolutions Live U.S. headline tour to the AFSP, the nation’s largest suicide prevention organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
The Revolutions Live Tour (co-produced by FPC Live and Live Nation and with support from
Three Days Grace and From Ashes to New) begins April 3rd, kicking off a run of spring shows that
will see the record-breaking band bring their hit album Planet Zero to life live from coast to
coast, alongside their biggest hits and fan favorites. Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com.
For all show/ticketing details please visit www.shinedown.com.
A SYMPTOM OF BEING HUMAN
SHINEDOWN TOUR DATES 2023:
April 3 – Saginaw, MI @ The Dow Event Center
April 4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Heritage Bank Center
April 7 – Bridgeport, CT @ Total Mortgage Arena
April 8 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
April 10 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
April 12 – Huntington, WV @ Mountain Health Arena
April 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
April 15 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
April 17 – Savannah, GA @ Enmarket Arena April 19 – Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center
April 21 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
April 22 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Raising Cane’s River Center
April 24 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
April 25 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
April 27 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
April 29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
April 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
May 3 – Bozeman, MT @ Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
May 6 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
May 7 – Everett, WA @ Angel of the Winds Arena
May 9 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
July 14 – Fargo, ND @ Red River Valley Fair ^ July 20 – Monticello, IA @ Jones County Fair ^
September 7 – 10 – Blue Ridge Rock Festival @ The Virginia International Raceway *^
*Festival, no Three Days Grace and From Ashes to New
^Not a Live Nation & FPC Live Produced Date