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11/22/2016 Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Sixx A.M. (Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena)

By Eric | November 23, 2016 4:50 pm

[As Lions was first on, didn’t see them.]

I missed As Lions, and found Pete and his buddy almost as soon as I got on the floor. We ended up camping out to the left of the soundboard for the entire show; a nice vantage point, no one really around us. I got down there with Sixx AM already on, and for knowing approximately zero songs, they were pretty good. I know they’ve been around a bit, and all of the guys are seasoned performers, so no surprise there. Most of the crowd seemed pretty familiar with them and were into it, which always bodes well for an arena show.

Sixx AM
This Is Gonna Hurt
When We Were Gods
We Will Not Go Quietly
Everything Went to Hell
Prayers for the Damned
Lies of the Beautiful People
Life Is Beautiful

It somehow had been six years since I’d last seen Shinedown (Carnival of Madness at CMAC in 2010), so I was fairly excited to see them again. The stage show was fantastic, the setlist had a good spread (although nothing from Us & Them; no Heroes, Save Me, or I Dare You), the band was on point, and Brent sounded good, all things considered. Eric and Zach singing background has helped these performances immensely. Being back by the soundboard had its perks for this show, as there was a small auxiliary stage right behind the board, and Brent came through the crowd to use it for the closer, Sound of Madness. Always a nice touch for the people in the back. It was your typical solid Shinedown show. They’re always good.

2016-11-22 21.14.15 - shinedown

Fly From the Inside
Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)
How Did You Love
Call Me
State of My Head
Second Chance
Cut the Cord
Simple Man
Sound of Madness

Fly From The Inside

Sound Of Madness

It had been quite awhile since I’d seen Five Finger Death Punch also (November 2011 in Niagara Falls), and this was the first time seeing them in a big place, everywhere else had been 1000-seaters or under (save for the Mayhem side stage). Ivan was still doing okay at this point (he’d leave the tour 8 days later, and Phil Labonte from All That Remains filled in for the last couple dates), so we saw the whole band. They certainly have the stage presence to do the big shows, and the fanbase to fill the arenas, but something was missing from the performance to me. They were “good”, but they weren’t “great”. The setlist was fine, they sounded fine, and the acoustic songs (Wrong Side of Heaven and Remember Everything) were fine, but it was almost like the energy was lacking. I can’t help but think that FFDP work better in the smaller places, where the crowd is more intimate, and they’re right on top of the band. Maybe I’d feel different if I was smashed up front, not sure. I had a good time at the show, but I’m not sure FFDP is at the top of the “must see” list if it’s going to be this big of a show again – perhaps at the Armory.

Five Finger Death Punch
Lift Me Up
Never Enough
Wash It All Away
Got Your Six
Bad Company
Jekyll and Hyde
Drum Solo
Burn MF
The Agony of Regret
Wrong Side of Heaven [acoustic]
Remember Everything [acoustic]
Coming Down
Under and Over It
The Bleeding

Lift Me Up

Wrong Side of Heaven

Coming Down

2016-11-22 FFDP / Shinedown

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