Getting set to go on tour for the summer as headliners for the third annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, the Jacksonville, Fla., hard rocking quartet called Shinedown decided to double their beach time before hitting the road. They’re in North Myrtle Beach this weekend for a two-night stand at the House of Blues with fellow Rockstar main stage headliners Adelitas Way.
Riding a wave of success that began with the release of their first album, 2003’s Leave A Whisper, Shinedown pulls into town promoting their highest charting album to date, Amaryllis. Only their fourth attempt at the top spot, the album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on the back of the band’s seventh consecutive Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard) hit, “Bully,” the collection’s first single release. It’s follow-up, “Unity,” has cracked the Top 10 and looks to be headed the way of its predecessors.
If “Unity,” the band’s 15th single release does manage to make the top spot, it will not only be the band’s eighth straight chart topper, but the ninth overall. Incidentally, all fifteen of the band’s singles have reached the Mainstream Rock Top 5.
Their biggest hit, 2008’s “Second Chance,” not only topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, but the Adult Top 40 and the Alternative Songs charts as well. It peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
According to All Music Guide, Shinedown is in its second incarnation as a unit. Formed in 2002 in the hometown as such rock legends as Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, the Allman Brothers Band, Molly Hatchet, Gary U. S. Bonds, and the incomparable Ray Charles, the quartet of young rockers had a great deal to live up to — something they have done rather well. Two of the band’s original members, guitarist Jasin Todd and bassist Brad Stewart, are no longer with the group, but founders Brent Smith (vocals) and Barry Kerch (drums) still form the nucleus of the four-man band making its way into its second decade. Zach Myers joined up in time to do guitarwork on the platinum-selling The Sound of Madness album and Eric Bass joined shortly afterward.
Along with chart success, Shinedown has enjoyed considerable exposure on video games, various sporting and professional wrestling events, and on film soundtracks. In fact, the first release from Amaryllis, “Bully,” was the title track to the critically acclaimed and controversial movie. The guys also contributed a song, “I’m Alive,” to the soundtrack to the movie, “The Avengers,” which featured music from Soundgarden, Evanescence, Rise Against, Five Finger Death Punch, and Papa Roach.
Joining Shinedown on their two-night stand at the House of Blues will be Adelitas Way, the Las Vegas-based band now promoting their second album, Home School Valedictorian. Adelitas Way, along with the aforementioned Papa Roach, Staind, Godsmack, and Shinedown, will all hit the main stage of the third annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival beginning in August.
Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows are $35 general admission ($38 day of show). Reserved seating tickets range from $67.50 to $82.50. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Adelitas Way take the stage at 8:30 p.m.
The House of Blues is located at 4640 Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach.