Shinedown, Live Announce Summer Festival Gig

2017-04-27

Story by Anne Erickson

Shinedown to play Common Ground; members Zach Myers, Barry Kerch chat about the band

Not many bands have the staying power of Shinedown. From the band’s 2003 debut “Leave a Whisper” to 2015’s “Threat to Survival,” Shinedown have blossomed into one of the most successful rock bands of their era.

Shinedown are currently touring Europe, but come July 8, the guys will headline Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, Michigan. The band first performed at the festival in 2003, at the time sharing the bill with 3 Doors Down.

Shinedown’s Barry Kerch spoke with Audio Ink about the strong friendship between the guys of Shinedown.

“The four of us on stage, we’re having fun. We still love each other and love what we do and have a great time out there,” Kerch said. “We put on the biggest show we can at the time and also try to really connect with the audience.”

“Being in Shinedown was something I really wanted to do, and I thank God every day for the success that we’ve had,” added guitarist Zach Myers.

Shinedown’s current album, “Threat to Survival,” was a blockbuster release for the guys, spawning chart-topping rock radio singles in “Cut the Cord” and “How Did You Love?”

The newly reunited Live, with Ed Kowalczyk at the helm, will serve as support on July 8. Live, of course, rose to fame in the ‘90s, with introspective rock hits such as “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes.” Here Come the Mummies and the Legal Immigrants will also be on the bill.

Tickets for the show will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday (April 28) via www.commongroundfest.com.

Story by Anne Erickson

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