We then went in to find our seats and wait for the show to start. The first band to take the stage in Silvertide’s absence was a band called The Farewell, hailing from Memphis. Not the best opening performance I’ve ever seen, but energetic enough, and they caught the audience’s attention at the end of their set by doing an audience participation cover of “The Wall” so everyone was screaming back to them.
The next band was from Atlanta, and called illBreak. They did a set a little better than the first band, they did a pretty cool cover of “Sober” by Tool, and I liked the vocalist’s voice somewhat, but personally I still would have rather seen Silvertide open the show.
Then, it was time for Shinedown to take the stage. They opened with “Heroes” as they did in Louisville, but true to their nature the show they varied the show. They played “Fly From The Inside“, “Left Out“, “Burning Bright“, “Simple Man“, and “.45” off of Leave A Whisper, and rather than playing the same Us And Them songs, they changed “Yer Majesty” out for “Begin Again”, then “Save Me” and “I Dare You” along with “Heroes”. Even better, this time Brent pulled out the megaphone, which is something I hadn’t seen them do in over a year, to do the part of the song simply known as “the struggle” in “Begin Again”. This for me was the most thrilling part of the show, this was the one song I’d been hoping they’d play since I first heard the album, and had had a dream two nights before that they were indeed going to do it, and they fact that he used the megaphone simply made it ideal for me. And again, Brent had every last person in the arena on their feet before they left the stage. I swear the man believes he’s invincible and doesn’t know the meaning of rest, having just gotten out of the hospital a couple days before, there was no way to tell that he wasn’t in absolute perfect health. Their performance was spot on. We all left the arena before 3 Doors Down took the stage and said our goodnights to all the board members we’d met up with, and actually took off about three songs into their set due to the long drive, but it was all 100% worth it.