Tuesday, September 14, 2010
York Fair, York, PA
Photos by Marcy Royce
SHINEDOWN is fresh off the Carnival Of Madness tour and for weeks I had been anticipating this show. I’ve been a fan of SHINEDOWN for years although this was my first time seeing them live. I didn’t know what to expect. Even though they’ve only had 3 releases in their 9 years, it doesn’t matter to me. Their music transcends the times and places in our lives.
It was the perfect weather for a outdoor concert. I was on the track area of the venue which offers no cover. Not to worry this night. I positioned myself in the press/photo barricaded area where I thought I could best start photographing lead singer Brent Smith, since there was a large white cover over the front of the stage area. And then Zach Myers’s guitar started followed right behind by Barry Kerch’s pounding of the drums. Here we go, the Sound of Madness was kicking off the set. YEAH! Love that song. The cover dropped and I was outta the starting gate.
Those first three songs, Sound of Madness, Devour (both from Sound of Madness) and I Dare You (from Us & Them), were killer for me to photograph. Great lighting, great sound, and I was having a blast. Bee bopping around trying to concentrate on shooting the band instead of enjoying the music. When I’m working I usually tune out the music until I return to my seat. Tonight was hard for me to concentrate on doing just that. These guys are just so much fun to watch!
Familiar songs were in the set. Such as Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide, The Crow & The Butterfly, Diamond Eyes, Heroes, Save Me, Fly From The Inside, Simple Man and Second Chance. These guys were surely having a blast up there. At one point Brent was almost laughing at the antics of Zach. It also shows how down to earth and real these guys are on stage.
Once I completed my 3 songs of shooting I positioned myself in the crowd to see the band from the fans perspective and take it all in. The track was packed, heads were everywhere as it was general admission. I was impressed how solid the band was and how tight they were. Being a four piece band, the sound was robust and solid. Zach and Eric made a very smooth transition from electric to acoustic and back to electric. They were polished and smooth, moving effortlessly from song to song. I was pleasantly surprised when Brent dedicated the song, If You Only Knew, to all the women in attendance. Reminding all the men they would be nowhere without those special women in their lives. Totally cool dude! Most of my friends know I have a thing for drummers. And Barry was no exception. I was loving his dreadlocks and the way he flung them through the air while he was playing.
I then moved up to the grandstand to get some full stage shots. Hats off to the sound engineer to having a well balanced and mixed sound. I know how difficult it can be to mix an outdoor venue. I’m sure many of you attending concerts have had some disappointment with how the songs sound live compared to the cd. Well, that was not the case with SHINEDOWN. They sounded every bit as good as the cd, period. Like I said before, the light show was impressing me. And when you’re married to a lighting director for another band, that says something.
Now go check out Shinedown’s website, www.shinedown.com, for information on music, videos, photos, bio and also where their next tour date is near you. Because you MUST GO! You will be disappointed if you don’t see them. I know I would have been.
Oh by the way, I want to give a big shout out to Gwyther Bultman of In-De-Goot Management for making this opportunity happen for me and the Away-Team. You rock G! A pleasure, thank you.