Shinedown at the Hollywood Casino Ampthitheatre in Tinley Park, IL

Shinedown brought their Attention Attention tour to Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, along with Broken Hands, Dinosaur Pile-Up, and Badflower.

It was already a hot and humid night at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, but things were kicked up a notch with four bands and plenty of pyro. First up were the British boys from Canterbury, Broken Hands. Singer, Dale Norton, couldn’t stand still for second as he worked the large stage, making sure the already sizable audience was ready for what lay ahead. 

Their second album, Split In Two, is set for release on August 9. What better way to showcase songs from it to the US market than opening for a band like Shinedown who are sure to draw a huge crowd. Here’s wishing them all the best for the new release.

Next up were the second British band of the night, Dinosaur Pile-Up, who hail from Leeds. The rock trio recently released their fourth album, Celebrity Mansions. For a three-piece band, they certainly made their presence known as the audience responded positively to their set, excited for the jam-packed night. You will get the chance to see more of these guys soon, as they will be embarking on their own headlining US tour straight after this stretch with Shinedown. It kicks off in San Francisco on July 30 with dates scheduled across the country before wrapping up on August 21 in Cambridge, MA. 

Judging from the performance and the crowd’s reaction to Badflower, you could be excused for thinking they were the headliner. Josh Katz is everything you need in a frontman, jumping all over the stage and crawling on his back while still playing the guitar. He really is the whole package, having everyone’s attention fixed onto him the entire time. This band has gained a lot of recognition in recent years and it is clear to see why. The high energy performance didn’t let up from the first note to the very last. It wasn’t just Katz who was left gasping for breath at the end of this set.

If you’ve never seen Shinedown live, seriously do yourself a favor and go get yourself some tickets right now! They are one of those bands you can go and see without being familiar with their catalog and come out still having had an incredible time. From the moment the curtain dropped to reveal the band standing on the stage, and the first notes of “Devil” rang out, it was all systems go! It was pyro galore which made you jump the first few times it fired up.

At times, there was so much going on that it was hard to decide where to look. Brent Smith would march around the stage, interacting with as much of the audience as he possibly could, next minute he’s standing up next to Barry Kerch on the drums as the pyro was firing up all around him and Zach Myers and Eric Bass are upfront smiling and pulling faces at the crowd.

This show is a pure adrenaline rush from beginning to end. If you weren’t sweating from the hot summer’s weather, you certainly would have been from this. How they could come out all suited and booted is a mystery! Shinedown put their all into their performances and look like they are loving every minute of it every bit as much as the crowd. It’s no wonder the fans come back time after time to see them. This is one of those shows you’ll be talking about and buzzing from for some time afterward. 

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About Kirstine Walton 168 Articles
Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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