By: Chris Coutsoukis
This past week, Jacksonville four-piece Shinedown invaded the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut alongside fellow veterans, Breaking Benjamin, and Sevendust to a sold out show to more than 10,000 hard rock fans. All bands were showcasing new music from their respective current releases Threat To Survival, Dark Before Dawn, and Kill The Flaw, respectively.
The Nu-Metal vets in Sevendust got the night started with a short but sweet six song set including favorites like "Driven," "Black," and even flexed their current single "Thank You" from Kill The Flaw (2015). As concert goers straggled in the front door they were greeted by front-man, Lajon Witherspoon, who brought his typical ferocity to the stage, guiding the at capacity floor to reach proper pit etiquette.
After Sevendust got the crowd stirred, the hiatus-returning Breaking Benjamin unleashed a massive sixteen song set, showing off new tunes, epic covers, and even a tribute to Star Wars... yeah. After more than five years away from the limelight, Breaking Benjamin returned to their throne as if they had never left. Fans in attendance got treated to studio quality renditions of newer songs like "Angel's Fall," "Failure," "Ashes of Eden," and crowd favorites like, "Polyamorous," "Blow Me Away," and "Diary of Jane." Band captain Ben Burnley received a roar of support from fans as the singer performed a lights-out set and displayed a refreshingly humble stage demeanor.
After a perfect set from the Pennsylvania five-piece, the crowd built in anticipation for the icing on the cake, Shinedown. Wasting no time to show off new music, the band came out with explosive charisma to their latest single, "Cut The Cord." From the gun, it was clear to fans Shinedown had no intentions of giving the crowd anything less than their money's worth. Bringing a stage full of pyrotechnics, multi-layered ballads, and insatiable take back your life attitude, the band left it all on the stage. Coming straight from their critically acclaimed new album Threat To Survival, the band showcased tunes like, "State Of My Head," and "How Did You Love." The band didn't hesitate to give old school Shinedown fans some love either playing tunes like, "Simple Man (Acoustic Cover)," "Fly From The Inside," and "45." By the end of the night all three acts delivered on a show fans won't be forgetting any time soon.
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