“On paper it looks like it took off and was a quick rise but, man, it was a grind,” Kerch said. “We released the first album and the first single and nothing happened until radio finally started to pick it up. It really was a grind through the first three records. It started to change after “The Sound of Madness” but it’s still a grind. Even though we’re a very successful band, we’re still grinding in many different ways.
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In late 2018, Kerch and bandmates Brent Smith (lead vocals), Zach Myers (guitar), Eric Bass (bass) released “Attention Attention,” the follow-up to 2015’s “Threat to Survival.” Shinedown is currently on the road supporting the new concept album with guests Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria.
“We’re looking forward to this tour,” Kerch said. “It’s sort of like a family reunion because we’ve toured with Papa Roach many times and we’ve toured with Asking Alexandria a few times. They’re all our friends so it’s going to be great to do it with all three bands for the first time.
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“It’s going to be a really cool show because we’re entertaining but so are Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria,” Kerch added. “They’re going to give us a run for our money so the crowd is going to get a great, entertaining show.”
HOW TO GO
What: Shinedown's Attention Attention World Tour with guests Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria
Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26
More info: 937-775-4789 or www.nuttercenter.com
Artist info: www.shinedown.com