Shinedown guitarist stoked to see friends on the road this summer
Shinedown are a band known for their rock radio hits. Just look at their history of chart-topping rock singles: “Second Chance,” “Save Me,” “Fly from the Inside,” “Devour,” “Simple Man” and “The Sound of Madness,” to name just a few.
That said, when it came time to recording Shinedown’s latest full-length, “Amaryllis,” the band was a touch nervous about following up their past success with another album of hits.
“I was a little nervous about matching the success of our previous record and [bass player] Eric [Bass] was as well,” Shinedown guitarist Zach Myers told NewHampshire.com. “It’s in the back of your mind to match up to the last one. It’s crazy that when it came out it did double what [the band's last album, 2008’s “The Sound of Madness”] did. People aren’t even really buying records anymore, so it was pretty cool.”
Of course, “Amaryllis” was a hit. In April, the album hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, pushing 106,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That was actually Shinedown’s biggest sales week yet.
Shinedown are scheduled to headline the Rockstar Uproar Festival this year, and Myers says the guys are stoked to see all their friends on the upcoming run– their friends being all of the bands on the tour. “With touring so much you don’t have real friends — you have a millions acquaintances, but no real friends,” reveals the guitarist. “We…all need that surrounding support system. And now with this upcoming tour, there’s going to be a family bus, too. So that will help.”
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