The Edmonton Convention Centre played host to a highly-anticipated rock show last night, as Shinedown ignited the city with charisma and bombast, accompanied by Pop Evil and Ayron Jones. Despite multiple cancellations and reschedulings, Edmonton showed up ready to throw down for Shinedown on Sunday night.
Kicking off the night with Ayron Jones, the Seattle singer-songwriter and his band played an opening set of bluesy rock tunes that had the fans immediately in the palms of their hands. Ayron and his music truly were well received as they warmed up the audience for Pop Evil to take the stage — so much, in fact, that the crowd bellowed for just one more song. Sadly, the request couldn’t be fulfilled; however, it’s safe to say that concertgoers couldn’t get enough of Ayron and his raw, soulful music.
Next up, Michigan’s Pop Evil brought the bounce to the Edmonton Convention Centre. Evoking so much movement and many smiles from the room, Pop Evil had locals singing, dancing and throwing their hands in the air for the entirety of the set. Through cryo-geysers and strobe lights, the band slammed their performance and really set the pace for what was yet to come once they were off stage.
Finally. After so much tension and anticipation, Shinedown had finally touched down in Edmonton. The band began by showing a video intro, reminding those in attendance of what happened over the last two years and showing behind-the-scenes footage of the band and their crew preparing to hit the road once again after being unable to due to the pandemic.
Slamming into their first song, “The Saints of Violence and Innuendo,” the Floridian group brought the heat. Literally! Complete with columns of fire and sparklers, Shinedown put on a masterclass performance of what it is to be a rock band in the modern world. Booming through a hefty set of 17 songs, the guys played a healthy mix of old and new tunes from their newest release Planet Zero (read our review here), and of course, their Lynyrd Skynyrd cover of “Simple Man” had everyone on the house singing along.
It’s almost a shame that this performance had not been planned for a larger venue in Edmonton; however, there was something special about seeing an arena-sized performance by a larger-than-life band in such a semi-intimate venue. Needless to say, despite it being the final day of KDays, Heritage Festival and many other local events, the place to be on Sunday night was at the Edmonton Convention Centre, as Shinedown rounded out their explosive performance with “Sound of Madness,” putting a cherry on top of the 2022 August Long Weekend.