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…And Now, ‘Tour Talk’ With Shinedown’s Brent Smith

Shinedown are about a week out from kicking off The Carnival Of Madness Tour with Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry, but they still have plenty of tour dates after this tour, including some interesting festivals.

Frontman Brent Smith recently spoke with WRIF's Meltdown, and he talked about one tour date he's really looking forward to, in addition to giving a shout out to another on of their upcoming tour mates:

“We’re actually going back to Japan to do [the] Loud Park [festival], and it’s pretty cool to do Loud Park this year, because the day that we’re there, the two headliners are the Scorpions and Dokken, and it’s the original [Dokken] lineup…It’s pretty insane, because they’re only doing six shows, and they’re only in Japan...And then we get back from that, and we’re continuing to tour on through the rest of the year.  We’re booked all the way through December 10th.  We’ll be going out later this year with Five Finger Death Punch."


Of course, you can't talk about current rock tours without talking about Guns N' Roses, and Smith says that many people weren't sold on the tour, which is currently raking in big bucks:

“There was some people in the industry that when they put the shows on sale in stadiums, they were like, ‘This is a catastrophe!  This is never going to work!  No one’s going to show up to this!’  And I’m like, ‘If you think that right off the top of your head that there ain’t nobody going to be in these stadiums, you are sorely, sorely mistaken…’ You’ve got to understand:  Axl [Rose] and Slash have not been on stage [together] in 20 years!  So, that’s the nostalgia!...It’s not the 100 percent original [lineup], but when you see Slash and you see Axl together for the first time I think in 23 years, that’s the nostalgia and also the fact that they sound good."


Speaking of Axl, Smith also shared his thoughts on the current AC/DC situation and what he thinks of  how Axl did filling in for Brian Johnson so far:

“You know, look…for what he did to go and fill the shoes for those shows, I feel like he did a really, really good job…And you know, I’m on the fence about how I feel about how they went about doing what they did.  When you have a legacy with a band like AC/DC, but you have a frontman who came in and gave you your career back when the original singer, Bon Scott, passed away, to just be like, ‘Yeah, man…hope you do okay!’ and just kinda split after [nearly] 40 years, I’m still completely…I don’t have a great answer for that.”


The Carnival Of Madness Tour begins July 20th in Southaven, Miss.  (See list below for complete tour dates.)

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July 20              Southaven, MS                         Landers Center †
July 22              Kansas City, MO                       Starlight Theatre *
July 23              St. Louis, MO                            Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre #
July 24              Fort Wayne, IN                          Parkview Field %
July 26              Rogers, AR                               Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion †
July 27              Tulsa, OK                                  BOK Center ^
July 29              New Orleans, LA                        UNO Lakefront Arena †
July 31              Austin, TX                                 Cedar Park Center †
August 2           Bossier City, LA                        CenturyLink Center **
August 4           Nashville, TN                             Ascend Amphitheatre †
August 7           Brooklyn, NY                            The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk ^
August 10         Columbia, MD                           Merriweather Post Pavilion **
August 12         Gilford, NH                               Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion **
August 13         Uncasville, CT                           Mohegan Sun Arena †
August 14         Erie, PA                                    Erie Insurance Arena **
August 16         Chicago, IL                               First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island †
August 18         Detroit, MI                                DTE Energy Music Theatre †

† with Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry, Whiskey Myers
* with Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry
^ with Black Stone Cherry, Whiskey Myers
# with Halestorm, We Came As Romans, Shaman’s Harvest
% with Halestorm, Red Sun Rising, Devour the Day


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.