Shinedown, Godsmack + Like A Storm Command Attention – Tour Review

2018-07-30

Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Review + photos: Shinedown, Godsmack and Like A Storm are on a blockbuster summer tour

Shinedown’s new album is called “ATTENTION ATTENTION,” and the band certainly demanded just that when their tour rolled through Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, on Wednesday, July 25. The tour also features Godsmack and Like A Storm, making it one of the biggest blockbuster rock tours of the 2018 summer season.

New Zealand rockers Like A Storm charged onstage at the start of the show, playing their signature didgeridoo instrument from the beginning. The band’s tight, solid set proves why they’re considered one of the most promising young rock bands out there.

The guys of Like A Storm are especially stoked for this tour, as lead vocalist Chris Brooks told Audio Ink Radio, “We’re such huge fans of Godsmack and Shinedown. I think the tour with those two bands, touring amphitheaters in the summer in the U.S., that it’s such a fun time and such a fun way to tour the U.S. Everyone at those kinds of shows is having a great time, out there under the sun, listening to rock music. Everything about this tour is incredibly exciting.”

Shinedown was up next, and by now, the crowd filled the bleachers and hill at Soaring Eagle for as far as the eye could see. The band members exploded onstage playing a fan favorite, “Sound of Madness” off their 2008 album by the same name, as fire and fireworks filled the stage. The rest of the band’s set features now tracks off “ATTENTION ATTENTION,” as well as some tried-and-true favorites, such as “Second Chance,” “State of My Head” and “How Did You Love,” ending the set with the band’s latest single, “Devil.”

Godsmack took the stage just after 10:15 p.m., and right away, they had the presence of a band with history and skill. Sully Erna and the band are on the road armed with a new album,” When Legends Rise,” and they performed a number of tracks off that set – including their latest No. 1 rock hit, “Bulletproof” — as well as older Godsmack material.

Bringing together two bands that could headline their own summer tours – Shinedown and Godsmack – with one of the most popular young rock bands out there – Like A Storm – it’s no wonder this tour package is selling out shows across North America. It’s a match made in rock ‘n’ roll heaven, especially when paired with the clear, crisp, breezy summer night fans enjoyed at the Soaring Eagle date.

Shinedown at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Shinedown at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Shinedown at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Shinedown at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Shinedown at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Godsmack at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Godsmack at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Godsmack at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Like A Storm at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Like A Storm at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

Like A Storm at Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Anne Erickson

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