Photography and review by Kim Cilluffo – Rockwell Unscene Magazine Photojournalist

    Shinedown The Revolutions Live Tour with special guests Papa Roach and Spiritbox at FirstBank Amphitheater Franklin, TN (US) October 3, 2023

    From Festivals to chapels or a sold-out venue to a pop up in a field, Shinedown has been able to adapt and showcase their range and abilities of the magnitude of what they have become and their appreciation to their fans. Shinedown is touring with Papa Roach and Spiritbox in support of their chart-topping seventh studio album, Planet Zero.

    This was my first show at First Bank Amphitheater. What I noticed about the atmosphere was the tranquility and solitude of the area. The acoustics from being down inside a rock quarry were amazing a it was beautifully lit and well maintained. The biggest surprise was a waterfall that you get to pass by to get to your seat. If you know me, you know I love waterfalls, so it was an added bonus. The diversity of the crowd was a mixture of everyone… I saw a 2-year-old with their ear protection and a very sweet elderly couple helping each other to their seats. This was sadly the last show of the year at First Bank Amphitheater since it’s an outdoor venue and the seasons are changing.

    Spiritbox is one of those bands that cannot be contained. Hailing from Victoria, British Columbia. Their style in the music world embodies several heavy-metal styles and remains fluid with their ever-changing style throughout their artistic use of technologies like the digital synthesizer and over the years have evolved into the metalcore that you can hear on the release of their full-length album, Eternal Blue (released September 2021). 2023 has brought constant excitement with the band. Spiritbox released new singles “The Void” in April, “Jaded” in August and the announcement of their new EP, The Fear of Fear, to be released on November 3, 2023 through Pale Chord and Rise. Courtney LaPlante’s fierce style with her deep growls and energetic onstage presence erupted the moment Spiritbox took the stage. Playing a variety of old and new songs like “Circle with me” and “Holy Roller” she delivered every note to a hungry crowd filled with dedicated fans and made many more including myself. Spiritbox left the masses wanting more and that’s right where they needed to be for what was in store for them next.




    Hurt You



    The Void

    Circle With Me

    Holy Roller



    Courtney LaPlante – Vocals

    Mike Stringer –Guitar

    Zev Rosenberg– Drums

    Josh Gilbert– Bass


    American rock band Papa Roach was created in 1993 with their first tour van which was named Moby Dick. Original Drummer Dave Buckner suggested the band to be called Papa Gato” but lead singer Jacoby Shaddix decided to call themselves Papa Roach based on his step-grandfathers nickname Howard William “Papa” Roach, Sr. What started off as a hardcore punk band and one of the forefathers of nu metal, has transformed into many different combined styles of metal and punk rock that works well.  Congratulations have to be given to Papa Roach for their 2023 iHeart Radio Music Awards Rock Artist of the Year win!

    I have seen Papa Roach many times in the past and this had to be one of the top shows. From the moment Papa Roach stepped on stage the energy could not be contained. Don’t let the fact that Papa Roach has been around for 30 years fool you into thinking they can’t hang with the big dogs anymore. The pure energy and charismatic passion have been a huge part of Jacoby Shaddix in everything he does on stage. His ability to command the audience and stage engulfed the masses and they were reciprocating the energy back to him. The way Jacoby interacts with the masses between each song and makes you feel something is sensational. He spoke candidly about suicide prevention and how its ok to talk about it with the campaign “Talk away the Dark Campaign” and making a donation to a suicide prevention campaign. Afterwards he asked everyone to take out any light source they had to light up the sky for their song “leave a light on” that Jacoby dedicated to the late great Chester Bennington of Linkin Park whom lost his struggle to suicide years age. Jacoby then spoke of addiction and how he is so thankful to so many people in helping him with his recovery from Alcohol with his sobriety lasting 12 years strong now. To top that, he welcomed Chris Daughtry on stage to help him sing “Scars”.



    Between Angels and Insects

    Kill the Noise

    Getting Away with Murder

    Cut the Line

    …To Be Loved

    California Love


    Leave a Light On


    No Apologies

    Born for Greatness


    Last Resort



    Jacoby Shaddix – lead Vocals

    Jerry Horton – guitars, backing vocals

    Tobin Esperance – bass, programming, backing vocals

    Tony Palermo – Drums

    Anthony “Twan” Esperance – rhythm guitar, keyboard, percussion


    Now was the moment everyone was waiting for. All the way from Jacksonville, FL, Shinedown has crushed through Billboard Mainstream Rock charts with 18 number 1 singles, with every single they have released hitting the top 5. 2022 was a big year for Shinedown. In April, they were inducted Mohegan Sun’s Walk of Fame. Shinedown also presented the first single release “Planet Zero” in Jan from their 7th studio album that was released July 2022 also titled “Planet Zero”. Shinedown released a few songs before the album drop such as “The Saints of Violence and Innuendo” in March and their second single “Daylight” in June. For 2023 they have release a few more singles such as “Dead Don’t Die” in Jan and “A Symptom of Being Human” in Feb. To changing things up a bit, in June Shinedown decided to release a pop remix of the song “A Symptom of Being Human”. Each album Shinedown has created has had a completely different sound to it. From a deeper and heavier vibe like on “Sound of Madness” album to their current pop rock positive sound, Shinedown proves to be an ever evolving and entertaining band. With their enticing ability to draw you in wanting every bit of energy from you, they always deliver from the moment they step on stage. From the playful compilation video that was the opener, The explosive pyrotechnic show from “Diamond Eyes” to the soulful rendition of “45” Shinedown exploded every note with fire. The energy that engulfed the masses with every beat showed why Shinedown beloved entity and memorable show.



    Welcome Tape

    2184 Tape

    Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)

    Dead Don’t Die

    I’ll Follow You

    State of My Head





    Sound of Madness

    A Symptom of Being Human

    Planet Zero

    Second Chance

    The Middle

    Daylight / Get Up

    Simple Man


    Cut the Cord

    What You Wanted Tape



    Brent Smith  – lead Vocals

    Zach Myers  – guitars, bass, piano, backing vocals

    Eric Bass  – bass, guitar, piano, backing vocals

    Barry Kerch – Drums


    Shinedown Planet Zero links:

    “A Symptom of Being Human” Music Video:

    “A Symptom of Being Human” Pop Remix:

    “A Symptom of Being Human” Acoustic Version:


    There ae still a few shows to catch but if you are not close to any, I highly suggest checking out their tour schedules and catching them when they come to your area.

    Oct. 12 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
    Oct. 13 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
    Oct. 15 — Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
    Oct. 17 — Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amphitheater
    Oct. 19 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
    Oct. 20 — Denver, Colo. @ Ball Arena

    Read More: Shinedown Announce 2023 Tour Dates With Papa Roach + Spiritbox |





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