On October 19, Shinedown returned to Boise for the final U.S. stop on their extensive Attention Attention Tour. which featured the unveiling of Taco Bell Arena’s renaming to ExtraMile Arena. It was a perfect way to close out the tour and end the fall concert run. To make things even more exciting, they brought along a fantastic tour ensemble which included Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria, and Savage After Midnight. It was latter, that kicked off the tour finale. The Memphis-based quarter, featuring vocalist Shi Eubanks, guitarist Jeremiah Lipscomb, bassist Landon Fox, drummer Zack Pete, and keyboardist James ‘JT’ Thomas, jump started the crowd with tracks from their latest EP, 11:59. The band’s energetic set featured five tracks including their hits “Unleash” and “10 Feet Tall,” as well as a heavy cover of the Alanis Morissette classic, “You Outta Know.”
Next up came UK rockers Asking Alexandria. Since the return of vocalist Danny Worsnop, whose sabbatical took him back to a more hard rock vibe, the band too has shifted direction. The groups new and I’ll say vastly improved sound, is more straight forward stadium metal. Mostly gone are Worsnop trademark growls, and left is his incredible singing voice as evidenced this night by performances of “Into the Fire, “Where Did it Go?” and “Alone in a Room” from the band’s brilliant new self-titled album. The new album accounted for six of the nine tracks performed, as well as a brand new song, “The Violence.” In fact, the band, which also features guitarist Ben Bruce, drummer James Cassells, guitarist Cameron Liddell, and bassist Sam Bettley, only performed two tracks from their previous albums, both from 2013’s Death to Destiny. The band’s new style truly suits them, and their live performance was spot on. Worsnop promised the eager crowd they would be back in 2020 with a new album which he stated would be called House on Fire.
Comparatively, NorCal Nu-metal heroes, Papa Roach, who made a long overdue return to the Treasure Valley, performed a more balanced sert of classic hits as well as a handful of tracks off their latest record, Who Do you Trust?. Frontman Jacoby Shaddox channeled his youthful past for an aggressive and powerful performance which included coming out into the crowd and climbing into the upper levels. If I had anything negative to say about the entire night, it would be Jacoby’s overused and almost pointless abuse of foul language. I say abuse, because at points it felt forced and out of place, as if he were trying to hard to by rebellious, cool, and angsty. But perhaps that was my perception alone. The crowd certainly enjoyed his and the band’s performance, as they tore through classics like show closer “Last Resort, ” “Scars” and “Getting Away with Murder.” They also dialed up new tracks like show opener, “Who Do you Trust?,” “Elevate,” and “Renegade Music.”
I’ve seen Florida’s Shinedown numerous times, and their live performances never fail to impress, so not surprisingly, this night ended perfectly. The quartet took the stage to their hit “Devil,” with flames torching the arena air. Vocalist Brent Smith charismatically grabbed hold of the audience. The song was the first of five tracks performed from the band’s latest album Attention Attention, which also included the hits “Monsters” and “Get Up,” along with the title track, and show closer, “Brilliant”. They also performed five tracks from what is arguably their best album to date, 2008’s The Sound of Madness, from which they thrilled the packed crowd with “Second Chance,” “Call Me” “Diamond Eyes (Boom-lay Boom-lay Boom),”The Crow & The Butterfly,” and the title track.” From the equally brilliant record, Amarylis they hit the fans with radio staples “Enemies,” “Bully” “I’ll Follow You,” and “Unity.” Every member of the band from Smith, to bassist Eric Bass, guitarist Zack Myers, and drummer Barry Kerch, delivered airtight and exceptional performances throughout.
In all, it was an evening if fantastic music and memories. Here’s to what the winter tour schedule might bring to the valley.