Doors opened at 7:00 PM and Nothing More was scheduled for 7:55 PM. The stage was dark. Johnny, Daniel, Mark, and Paul took their marks on stage. Deep blue lights began to illuminate the creating an ominous feel for what was to come. Hawkins stood tall over an oversized drum in blue jeans and was shirtless. It didn’t take long for the lights to flash bright and the sound to come hard.
Hawkins belted out a number of songs highlighted by their most popular song “This Is The Time (Ballast),” where it seemed everyone in the crowd sang along note for note. Midway through the set Hawkins made special mention and thanks to location radio station KQRC 98.9 The Rock for their support of the band over the years and radio playtime. He even went so far to bring up Rockfest in Kansas City where rain destroyed their entire set of equipment, but was still a career favorite.
Nothing More finished an intense set, and as far as summer tours are concerned, the double bill of Nothing More and Shinedown was already a success. The lights went out. Music came on while the stage was changed over. The crew cleared equipment and swept the stage. A vacuum was on stage.
As Shinedown’s set time approached the vacuum was moved and the crowd groaned. The stagehand looked back at the crowd and left the vacuum. For whatever reason the crowd cheered. Taking it to the next level, the stagehand moved the vacuum up onto a staircase at mid stage and turned the vacuum on. It whirred and shined its little light back at the crowd. They went wild. Oddly enough it went on for a few minutes then then it was time for the real star to take the stage.
Shinedown took the stage under darkness. Brent took center on top of a small stage in typical Brent Smith fashion; feet spread far apart, chest puffed out, and ready to impress a crowd of people with their sound of rock. Popular chorus echoed throughout the venue as the crowd frequently sang in harmony with songs like “Bully” and “Diamond Eyes.” An impressive light rig towered over the band during their set. Lights literally shined down on the artists, providing a vast array of lighting setups and eye candy for the sold out venue.
The full house of rock fans roared as Shinedown finished the night with the ever popular “Sound of Madness,” the title track of their popular 2008 studio album. Aside from a few hijinks and bizarre moments – alright, this is pretty much just about the vacuum – the audience went home feeling satiated from a memorable evening of exciting hard rock.
Shinedown Setlist 08/02/2015 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Asking For It
If You Only Knew
I’ll Follow You
I Dare You
Through The Ghost
Cut The Cord
Sound Of Madness