Shinedown at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA

Things heated up on a late summer night when Shinedown rocked the stage with their Planet Zero World Tour in Virginia Beach, VA.

First up on stage was John Harvie, a Nashville-based musician that dabbles in a variety of sounds found within the alt-rock genre. In a bold move to rock leather pants and a thick bomber jacket, Harvie brought the energy to fire up the crowd early in the evening. Bouncing back and forth across the stage, Harvie and crew made sure concert goers were warmed up and ready for anything. Closing out the set with his first single “Bleach (On The Rocks),” John Harvie was a pleasant new discovery.

Following this energetic performance was Jelly Roll, a Tennessee musician that has crossed and connected numerous genres, including rap, rock, and country. With an impressive TikTok following of three million, the crowd was practically packed when he arrived on stage. Performing hit songs like “Son of a Sinner” and “Dead Man Walking,” Jelly Roll put on one absolutely memorable performance. At one point while he was performing a mash-up of several songs, Zach Myers joined him on stage to belt out “99 Problems,” which was quite the surprise. Along with being an incredibly talented musician, Jelly Roll demonstrated just how much he appreciated the opportunity to do what he does. The crowd appreciated him and his talent as well.

After such an incredible performance by Jelly Roll, it was time for a set change and Shinedown to take the stage. At this time, the crowd had completely filled in and everyone was waiting for the spectacular show everyone has come to know and expect from Shinedown. The set began with two large video screens situated on the backside of the stage. Right before Shinedown appeared on stage, a montage video of behind the scenes footage from the tour played. Towards the end of the montage, Cyren, the robot found relaying messages on the album Planet Zero, appeared to speak with concert goers. Upon conclusion, the screens parted to the sides to show the band members walking to the front of the stage to greet the crowd.

A Shinedown concert is truly a performance to remember. Beginning the set was “The Saints of Violence and Innuendo,” complete with pyro and fireworks. From the very start of the show, the energy from both the band and the crowd exuded throughout the amphitheater. Between singer Brent Smith’s vocals filling the night sky, guitarist Zach Myers and bassist Eric Bass bouncing around the stage, and drummer Barry Kerch flailing his drumsticks wildly, the energy was there from the instant they set foot on stage. 

Along with an incredible performance, Shinedown has a way of sprinkling in inspiring moments through their shows. At one point, singer Brent Smith asked the crowd what was the meaning of life? His response? “To live it.” Failures are a part of life, it’s how one responds to those failures that determines how one lives. Pretty heavy, but thought-provoking conversation for a Sunday night concert.

Other hits performed were older favorites like “How Did You Love,” “Enemies,” “Cut The Cord,” “Second Chance,” and “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom),” along with newer hits, like “Devil,” “Get Up,” and “Monsters.” Towards the end of the show, Shinedown brought Jelly Roll back out to perform their cover of “Simple Man” with them. Concluding the evening was a song that was previously used to open their shows, “Sound of Madness.”

The US leg of the Planet Zero World Tour with Jelly Roll and John Harvie concludes on October 9 in Sacramento, CA at Aftershock Festival. If given the opportunity to attend, this show is one that shouldn’t be missed.

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Gretchen is a central Virginia based photographer. Her passion for concert photography started by bringing her point and shoot camera to shows and getting as close to the stage as possible for some decent shots; after doing that for several years, she realized she wanted to pursue a more professional route. A concert is one of Gretchen's favorite places to be, so you can usually catch her capturing those moments and then rocking out to the show.