Shinedown — vocalist Brent Smith, drummer Barry Kerch, guitarist Zach Myers, and bassist Eric Bass — have announced plans for a summer tour, their first major trek in over two years. The dates will see Shinedown visiting theaters and other intimate venues across the country, performing a unique set that will include classic hits, deep cuts, and new songs from their anticipated fifth studio album.
The tour gets underway July 9 and continues into August, with additional dates to be announced soon. Nothing More will serve as support on the bulk of the headlining dates.
“We have a lot in store for 2015 and beyond,” says Smith. “We have been working on our fifth album for the better part of two years, and it is almost complete. That being said, we felt it was time to return to the road to let everyone know that we are 100 percent back and ready to entertain.”
Shinedown have also slated a series of top-billed festival performances, with highlights including Rock Fest XV on July 16 and Moondance Jam on July 18. Further festival appearances will be revealed soon.
Meanwhile, the band is currently hard at work in a Los Angeles studio putting finishing touches on the eagerly awaited follow-up to 2012’s RIAA gold-certified Amaryllis. The as-yet-untitled new album will arrive later this year. The members have been posting photos from the studio on their social media outlets, and a collection of those photos can be seen here: http://bit.ly/1FmP4n5
Known worldwide for their unparalleled streak of hits, Shinedown is without question one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century. The band’s ascendancy over multi-format rock radio commenced with their 2003 debut, Leave a Whisper, and the 2005 follow-up, Us and Them. Together, the albums yielded seven consecutive Top 5 radio hits, including the No. 1 blockbuster “Save Me.”
Released in 2008, The Sound of Madness proved to be Shinedown’s mainstream breakthrough, debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart. The album made rock history, with each of its six singles reaching No. 1 on the airplay rankings, including the double-platinum crossover smash “Second Chance,” which also went to No. 1 on the Hot AC chart and Top 3 at Top 40.
Amaryllis followed in 2012 and immediately entered Billboard’s Rock Albums chart at No. 1 while also coming in at No. 4 on the overall Billboard 200 with over 105,000 units sold in the first week — the multi-platinum group’s biggest chart debut thus far. The album spawned a trio of massive hits in “Bully,” “Unity,” and “Enemies,” all of which reached No. 1 at Active Rock radio, bringing Shinedown’s tally of consecutive chart-toppers at the format to nine and counting. Two additional singles from Amaryllis, “I’ll Follow You” and “Adrenaline,” reached the Top 5 at Rock radio, furthering a record-setting streak in which every one of Shinedown’s eighteen singles over their decade-plus career has ascended to the upper regions of the radio charts – a feat that no other rock band has achieved.
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