ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown will launch a U.S. tour behind their new album ATTENTION ATTENTION Wednesday in Estero, Florida. And even if you’ve previously seen Shinedown in concert, frontman Brent Smith promises that these shows will be better than ever.
“We’re gonna give back to the audience, man,” Smith tells ABC Radio. “We’re gonna give them the most amazing show they’ve ever seen.”
In addition to being amazed, you should prepare to shed a few tears if you’re catching any shows on the tour. Smith says that when the band performs the ATTENTION ATTENTION single “GET UP,” which he wrote about bassist Eric Bass‘ battle with depression, there’s “not a dry eye in the room.”
“It’s not because they’re sad,” Smith explains. “You can see the release. Like, this elephant that has been sitting on their chest that is getting off of their chest, you know? All that…they’ve built up inside of them, and it turns into a pressure cooker, you can see the release when we play the song.”
Smith adds that the live reaction to “GET UP” is “overwhelming.”
“It’s also wonderful to see those tears, that it’s joy,” he says. “It’s a celebration more than anything…They understand, for the first time, ‘Wow, I’m really not alone. I’m not the only one that feels this way.'”
Shinedown’s tour features support from Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria. The run will wrap up March 20 in Loveland, Colorado.
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