Videotron Center: Shinedown is slow to set the pace

Videotron Center: Shinedown slow to set the pace


With a slew of tracks that topped Billboard magazine's Rock Mainstream charts, Shinedown was solidly armed for a big rock night. After a checkered start, consisting of several downtimes, it took Enemies to bring the performance back on track.

There were 11 hits, out of a total of 17 songs, on the program, for the passage during the Planet Zero tour, Tuesday, in Quebec City .

After welcoming us to Planet Zero, the title of their new opus, Brent Smith and his band set off firecrackers and jets of flame with The Saints of Violence And Innuendo

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Brent Smith's voice pierces the guitar of Zach Myers, the bass of Eric Bass and the drums of Barry Kerch. The singer's voice, often, in rock concerts, gets lost through the sound mass, but on Tuesday this was not the case. We could hear it perfectly.

“ Bonjour ,” Brent Smith launched in French, asking the crowd to come out and do “ high five ,” which the singer will do with one of the agents of security in front of the stage. 

Enhanced by video footage, the performance lacked fluidity with excessively long pauses between songs and long interventions by singer Brent Smith, which often slowed the rhythm of the spectacle. We felt it wanted to take off with Bully, but Daylight, even if it was beautiful to see all the light produced by the cell phones, brought it all down.

With the energetic Enemies, delivered halfway through, we finally felt a festive atmosphere set in. It continued with Cut the Cord. It was time. The strength of Second Chance, Unity, Monsters and
Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)who followed did the rest. The “Ahoy, Ahoy, Ahoy” made their voices heard, which usually is a very good indicator of crowd enjoyment. We felt that there was finally some atmosphere.

“You are my favorite audience of the last 20 years”, launched guitarist Zach Myers, before starting the first notes of Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Sound of Madness then concluded an evening that took just a little too long to take off.

A good mix

< p>Before Shinedown, Pop Evil warmed up the amphitheater with an energetic performance. 

Roundly led by singer Leigh Kakaty, the band from North Muskegon, Michigan enjoyed a good level of sound, quality lighting and a catwalk with the drummer on it and even jets of smoke.

They hit the mark with solid renditions of Deal With the Devil and Let the Chaos Reign. A good mix of melodies and more heavy lines.

Early in the evening, at 6:45 p.m., Ayron Jones took us back to the Seattle of the late years 80. 

The singer-guitarist from this town in Washington State, accompanied by a drummer and a bassist, delivered very ” hendrixian ” sounds, à la Kim Thayil from Soundgarden and with suspicions from Lenny Kravitz. An electric shock based on the combination of guitar and drums.

Shinedown is performing on Wednesday evening in Montreal, at L'Olympia.