Hard Rock Hurricane, Shinedown storms into Canton Palace Theater

Bringing their tour into the Canton, OH, July, 17, 2017, with the recent number one Billboard hit “How Did You Love”, under their belt, Shinedown seemed poised to take the historic Canton Palace Theater and the sellout crowd of 1500 by storm. However, this storm quickly evolved into a hurricane that rocked the old theater from its foundation to its rafters.

The outer bands of the storm came on stage in the form of Lacey Sturm. Recently writing her debut solo album with her husband/guitarist Josh Sturm, Skillet‘s Korey Cooper and Grammy Award-winning writer/producer David Hodges, Sturm brought immediate energy to the stage with her before mentioned husband on guitar, Tom Gascon on drums and a high energy Ben Hull on bass. Out of Homestead, FL, Sturm performed singles from her 2016 release “Life Screams” along with older hits from her former band Flyleaf.

Lacey Sturm – Canton Palace Theater – Photo by Mac

Then the pending hurricane named Shinedown was poised to hit stage. As the stage hands cleared the stage, the house lights took on a purple hue as the sound of the late Prince’s 1984 mega hit, “Let’s Go Crazy”, alerted the crowd that Shinedown was about to come ashore.

Opening with hits “Devour”, “Fly from the Inside” and “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)”, Shinedown made landfall with Hurricane strength winds, shaking the walls of the theater and at times overwhelming the acoustic capacity of the small but mighty venue.

Shinedown – Canton Palace Theater – Photo by Mac

Shinedown, touring while starting work on its sixth studio album, is a very tight and well-oiled rock machine. In a recent interview front man Brent Smith stated that the new project may take a surprising turn. “Bassist Eric Bass actually has 22 pieces that I actually just heard five of them for the very first time.” He added, “What he has written — and it’s not lip service, man — what he has tapped into here, it’s quite remarkable. I think people might be looking at the first legitimate concept record from the band.”

Shinedown continued churning through the show bringing the sellout crowd to its feet for the entire 15 song set, that included monster hit, “How did you Love”, along with “If You Only Knew”, “Enemies”, “Unity”and “State of My Head”.

Shinedown – Canton Palace Theater – Photo by Mac

Heading into the eye of the storm, Shinedown preformed fan favorite “Second Chance” with the same energy they would have played it with during its debut. Shinedowns experienced members Brent Smith (Vocals), Zach Myers (lead guitar) Barry Kerch (drums) and Eric Bass (bass) know how to keep a crowd engaged and on their feet. There is never a moment of awkward silence or time for beer runs during a Shinedown show. If you do choose to run for beer you, do it quickly as you are missing out on one of the best hard rock bands on tour today.

Shinedown typically plays Arenas. Stadiums and Mega Music Festivals. To see them in the intimate and tranquil atmosphere of the Palace Theater was an event that those lucky enough to score tickets before they sold out in a matter hours, will likely replicate any time soon.

Shinedown – Canton Palace Theater – Photo by Mac

Shinedown closed out the hour and half set with “I’ll Follow You”, “Cut the Cord”, “Bully”, “45”, “Simple Man” and finally bringing down the house with “Sound of Madness

Some in the audience waited for an encore that never came. After a 15-song set, that included the entire breadth of Shinedowns career, crowd favorites and hits, the storm had moved on, leaving ears ringing and a lasting memory in the long history of the great and historic theater. Shinedown, came on stage, gave it all, played their best and then dropped the mike. Shinedown has left the building.

Shinedown – Canton Palace Theater – Photo by Mac


Shinedown – Canton Palace Theater – Photo by Mac


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Today Mac lives in Dublin, OH. The father of a 19-year-old son, he works as a Home Improvement contractor, but his first love remains music. Mac can be found at many Rock Shows in the Central Ohio area and always looks for forward to the annual Rock on the Range music festival each May at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.

On his play list today you find a very diverse lineup on Mac’s playlist. From the Jazz Fusion of Al Di Meola, the Ambient sound of Michael Conn, the beauty of Miranda Lambert to KORN, RATM, The Beastie Boys, Shinedown, Red Sun Rising, Stone Sour, Amon Amarth to Lady GaGa, Mac loves a wide range of music and continues to listen to the classics while leaving a wide-open mind to recent music

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