Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
*Imagine, if you will*
It’s 2007. You’re sitting in your car on a summer night. Windows down with your local rock station blasting on the radio. Shinedown and Godsmack are played back to back. You’re now sitting there asking yourself, “wouldn’t it be great if these two bands toured together?” *Fast forward to 2018:*
On August 25th 2018, the rock legends Shinedown and Godsmack rolled into the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA.
Pearl Jam, Metallica, Shinedown and Godsmack could be heard blaring out of cars in the tailgating areas before the show’s shenanigans commenced. All the 19,900 fans were ready to head-bang.
With both Shinedown and Godsmack surpassing fifteen years in the music industry, the only way to accurately represent their success is with a stage full of pyrotechnics and fire. Both of these sets could have been mistaken for a 4th of July celebration. Those sitting on the lawn perimeter could even feel the heat from the flames protruding to the venue ceiling.
Shinedown | Xfinity Center | Mansfield, MA | August 25th, 2018
Sure, any band with a long lasting career in the music industry can afford a fancy display to showcase while performing. But it takes more than a bank account and fireworks to make a concert great. A great example of this was found during Shinedown’s performance of “Simple Man” off of Leave a Whisper (2003). During this song, Brent Smith (Shinedown’s vocalist) ran through the crowd to stand on a table elevated in the middle of the venue to create a closer connection with the crowd. A request was then asked by Brent for everyone to take their phones out and shine them bright while “Simple Man” filled the Xfinity Center. Not a light was being used in the venue apart from the crowd’s cell phone participation.
Godsmack | Xfinity Center | Mansfield, MA | August 25th, 2018
The same vibe was also felt once Godsmack made their presence during this evening. What was a pleasant surprise to everyone was Godsmack’s cover of “Highway to Hell” by ACDC - brining all in attendance back to the 1979 for a few minutes. Godsmack closed out their evening with the ever-popular track “I Stand Alone” off of Faceless (2003). Although both of these bands have been around for a minute, their performances have not faltered in any way. Expect to see more pyrotechnics and flamethrowers in the near future for both of these bands.
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