Shindown headlines the Carnival of Madness tour at the Washington State Fair

Shindown headlines the Carnival of Madness tour at the Washington State Fair

With the table properly set, after some stellar opening acts,  it was finally time for the headliners of the evening. Shinedown took the stage behind their black tapestry as thousands of Washington state rockaholics feverishly waited for the show to begin. Then it happened, in an instant the tapestry dropped and the fireworks began. Shinedown took to the stage accompanied by a true fire breathing, fire juggling Carnival of Madness.

Shinedown flew straight into an epic performance of “Im not Alright”. The band, while flanked on all sides by fire eating women and baton twirling fire throwers, instantly brought down the house. Shinedown front man, Brent Smith, set the tone for the entire set with a pitch perfect, high energy opening song that invigorated the crowd with an exhilarating onslaught of astonishing pyrotechnics. The band captivated the audience and held on tight throughout a killer 90 minute set filled with hit after hit in classic Shinedown fashion.

One of the most memorable moments of the night was the bands monumental performance of ‘Unity’ from the 2013 Shinedown release ‘Amaryllis’. The message of love, peace and brotherhood rang loudly throughout the Washington State Fair. Perfectly placed between the hardhitting track “Adrenaline” and the power packed vocals of “45”, “Unity” offered a slight break, a chance for the crowd to catch their breath. This slight, calming break did not last long as the band tore into their hit track “Second Chance”.

The band soon brought the tempo back down with an absolutely huge rendition of their “Ill Follow You”. Smith is arguably the best vocalist I’ve heard perform. His pitch and range are unquestionable and his intensity is unwavering. The pure passion behind the lyrics is translated into what amounts to one of the most dynamic live performances you’ll see. Barry Kerch, Zach Myers and Eric Bass bring the lyrics to life with a barrage of on time, hard hitting beats and riff ripping guitars.

The night came to an end with Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom), Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover) and Amaryllis… or so we thought. Shine down flew back onto the stage to the screams of thousands still on hand to rock through a five song encore. This was a night filled with fire, madness and a few things we may not have expected. This was Carnival of Madness and it was one hell of a good time. A night of pyro filled rock and roll tore through the Washington State Fair closing out the 2013 Carnival of Madness tour and one thing is for sure; if you didn’t catch this years festivities you missed out on heck of a night of rock and roll. You missed out on Shinedown.


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Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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