Evan recently covered the Shinedown / Godsmack show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL. Check out his amazing photos and review HERE
A few weeks back I received the email stating that I was approved to cover the Shinedown/ Godsmack 2018 show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Tinley Park, IL. It's been a few years since I photographed Godsmack, 2016 at Chicago Open Air if I recall. And it's been since 2011 since I had the chance to photograph Shinedown. Both bands are coming off new albums and chart topping singles.
Unfortunately I missed the opening set by Like A Storm but I did get there just in time for what to me was the set of the evening. Tonight's Shinedown show was much different than I recall from that show back in 2011. The stage presence from Brent Smith has always been there but he and the band have taken it to another level. Massive pyro, highly interactive with the audience and a lot of crowd participation. Both Brent and guitarist Zach Myers took to the center of the crowd for a hair raising rendition of their Lynyrd Skynyrd cover "Simple Man". Shinedown brought the goods tonight with their set as they cut loose on favorites like "Sound of Madness", "Cut The Cord", "Bully" and their newest "Devil".
Godsmack rounded out the evening as a full moon sat over the southeast behind the crowd. It was a perfect setting for seeing one of the best bands over the past 2 decades. If you've never seen Godsmack live you need to know to expect an abundance of fire and a slew of songs that you probably know the lyrics to. Sully Erna and the boys thrashed through a catalog of hits that included "Cryin' Like a Bitch", "Awake", the new track "Bulletproof" and they capped off the evening with a cover of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" before sending the massive crowd home to "I Stand Alone".
Don't miss this tour when they come your way, it was a night to behold.