A big hitter of a show was about to shine its light down on Phoenix. Three big hitters in the metal and rock community have joined forces on this tour.
The first band of the night was Spiritbox. This band has really grown up the metal ladder and really made their way into the spotlight. Watching them when they first started to now is amazing; you can see how much this band has grown into their selves is amazing. The band came out full of energy and fast paced hitting songs. Spiritbox opened their set with “Jaded”. The fans screamed as the band played their music. For most of their set the band stayed in their general areas but they did move about the stage here and there. Courtney LaPlante really brought the energy in this set; she moved all over the stage and even climbed up to where the drummer sat. The audience loved her set and ate it all up. Spiritbox ended their set with one of their most popular songs, “Holly Roller”.
The second band of the night was Vacaville, California’s own Papa Roach! This Bay Area band formed in 1993 and is still going strong. The bands current lineup is formed by Jacoby Shaddix – lead vocals, Jerry Horton – guitar/backing vocals, Tobin Esperance – bass/programming/backing vocals and Tony Palermo – drums. The second the band came on he fans went absolutely nuts. Many were screaming their heads off, some were jumping up and down while some were doing both. The band opened up with “Between Angels and Insects”. The band came out with a ton of energy and showman ship to give the fans. Everyone was standing at the edge of their seats, eyes glued to the band as they watched in awe. Many of the fans were a good mix of all ages but many were in middle school and high school when Papa Roach came into the scene. So many people were reliving memories. The band then played “Getting Away With Murder”! Everyone sang along, to this song. It was one of their more popular songs. A fan mentioned how her father introduced her to Papa Roach and this was one of her favorite concerts she went to, especially since this was one of the bands she grew up listening to. Papa Roach played so many bangers on this tour but ended the night with two of their most popular songs: “Scars” and “Last Resort”. Overall this band puts on an amazing show that helps many of us relive our musical heydays, although some of us are still in our musical heydays.
The final act of the night was Shinedown! The band had their set display some graphics before the stage split open and the band came out. Shinedown hails from Jacksonville, Florida and is made up by Brent Smith – lead vocals, Barry Kerch – drums, Zach Myers – guitar/bass/piano/backing vocals and Eric Bass – bass/guitar/piano/backing vocals.
Instantly the band attacked the audience with their energy. Shinedown opened up their set with “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)”. The fans loved this! As the band ran all about the stage, giving the audience a performance they could not forget, cannons went off that shot sparklers into the air and fog overtook the stage; creating a dramatic effect. They were giving fans a visual experience that would not be easily forgotten. Shinedown had an amazing performance and Smith interacted with the fans through out their set. The band also did their own covers of two very popular songs; “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World and “Simple Man” by Lynard Skynard. They ended their set with “Cut The Cord”, which every person in that amphitheater was singing along to. They could be heard singing from down the street. Overall Shinedown really commanded the stage and created a concert that many people would remember for a long time!