On Wednesday night, Shinedown’s Carnival of Madness tour took over Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. The pavilion itself, lawn stretching behind it and pit at the very front were all packed with people of all ages, visibly having the time of their life rocking out to Whiskey Myers, Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm and, of course, the headlining act, Shinedown.
After a sweat-soaked, passion-filled and energetic set from female-led band, Halestorm, the crowd continued to build off their previous enthusiasm, rowdiness and energy as Prince’s “Let Go Crazy” boomed throughout the venue. Then, as if the crowd received an unimaginable double-dose of energy, the curtain dropped and the crowd let loose as Shinedown roared their anthem “Adrenaline,” followed by older hit “Fly From the Inside” and (a personal favorite) “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom).” Frontman Brent Smith commenced and enticed the crowd as he poured his energy and immense voice out to them. From teenagers to middle-aged couples, older folks to little kids, the crowd was filled with all ages and types of people, but they all had one thing in common – the same amount of enthusiasm during the show, adoration for the bands, and rocking out in their own ways.
Mr. Smith also made the crowd go nuts as he commanded them to make friends with the people next to them who, if sitting down, were forced to get out of their seats. He leaned down to shake hands with photographers by the stage, security guards past the barrier, and the fans behind it. Shinedown also sent the crowd into a craze as they delivered their impeccable cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and ended the show with “The Sound of Madness.”
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