Let me start with a disclaimer: I want the bands I like to be successful. I don’t dismiss bands simply because you can hear them on the radio and they become popular. That kind of elitist, selfish attitude has no place here at Live Metal or anywhere else. BUT … I’m starting to feel like Shinedown has accumulated too many hits.
Let me elaborate. Shinedown has been a major presence on rock radio starting with its first single, “Fly from the Inside,” in 2003. All 14 of its singles have reached the top five at U.S. mainstream rock radio; its past seven have climbed all the way to No. 1. The problem: This much success can trap a band when it comes to putting together a set list. Most of the fans at the shows know the radio hits best, and when those are the people you thrive on, you have to send them home happy. So we get a full, headlining set composed of the hits, a few new songs sprinkled throughout and nothing else. Wave goodbye to the album tracks of the past, because with hits from the latest release, Amaryllis, already starting to mount, we won’t be hearing them again anytime soon. (more…)