HUNTINGTON - Shinedown has been working the road hard in 2015. The hard rock troupe has had a busy touring schedule this year, playing concerts all over the country in support of its latest album "Threat to Survival," released in September 2015.
Shinedown's date in Huntington will mark one of the band's last shows of the year. Beginning Dec. 4, the group's lead singer, Brent Smith, and guitarist, Zach Myers, will perform a set of much quieter acoustic shows elsewhere in the country. But when Shinedown comes to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Friday, Nov. 20, it will be one of the last three concerts of its current tour, with all of the band members plugged in and rocking.
Shinedown was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, about 15 years ago. The current version of the band consists of original members Smith and drummer Barry Kerch along with longtime guitarist Myers and bassist Eric Bass. The group has sold more than six million albums and hit the top of the Billboard charts in 2008 with its song "Second Chance." The members of Shinedown profess a wide array of influences that range from Otis Redding to the Stone Temple Pilots, Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden. While there have been many attempts to brand the group as "alternative rock" or "post-grunge," they just consider themselves a rock 'n' roll band.
Shinedown recently reached the top of the rock charts again with the single "Cut the Cord" from its latest album. The group has also been consistent in its support of various charities centered on autism.
In an August interview with the Lansing State Journal, Kerch said, although the band had a great time making their latest album, it's probably their heaviest record.
"It's a pretty heavy record, not necessarily in fast, heavy songs," he said in the interview, "but it's just got a heaviness to it lyrically and sonically ... it's a different step for us in some respects, but it's still Shinedown."
Co-headlining are fellow hard rockers Breaking Benjamin. Based out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and founded a couple of years before Shinedown, the quintet consists of original lead singer and songwriter Benjamin Burnley along with Aaron Bruch, Keith Wallen, Jasen Rauch and Shawn Foist.
Breaking Benjamin has sold more than seven million albums and has also reached the No. 1 slot on the rock charts with its songs "Breath" and "I Will Not Bow." The group's latest album is "Dark Before Dawn."
Opening will be Sevendust, an alt-metal band hailing from Atlanta. The group has stayed virtually intact over the last two decades featuring Lajon Witherspoon on lead vocals, Clint Lowery on lead guitar, John Connolly on rhythm guitar, Vince Hornsby on bass and Morgan Rose on drums. Back in the day, their first album barely sold any copies, yet the group's penchant for putting the work in on the road led to the self-titled recording achieving the gold level in sales.
Sevendust's latest album is "Kill the Flaw," released earlier this year. The band still brings the crunch, especially on the album's new single "Thank You." The group has a big tour of Australia lined up after the New Year.
Tickets for the Shinedown/Breaking Benjamin/Sevendust show at Big Sandy Superstore Arena are $40 and $45. VIP tickets are available featuring gifts and a meet-and-greet with the band for $202.99. More information can be found at www.bigsandyarena.com and 304-696-5990 Ext. 3503.
If you want to rock
WHO: Shinedown with Breaking Benjamin and Sevendust.
WHERE: Big Sandy Superstore Arena, downtown Huntington.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.
TICKETS: $40 and $45. VIP tickets are available featuring gifts and a meet-and-greet with the band for $202.99. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Box Office.
MORE INFO: Visit www.bigsandyarena.com and 304-696-5990 Ext. 3503.