By Diane DiMemmo

August 12, 2022

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Photo: Diane DiMemmo

Nobody screams positivity and proactivity more than the record-breaking, multi-platinum rock band, Shinedown, who are set to hit the road for their 20-date U.S. run of fall shows in promotion of their seventh studio album Planet Zero. Released on July 1st, Planet Zero topped all four Billboard rock album charts in its very first week: Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums. As icing on the cake, the band has also recently been ranked #1 by Billboard on the “Greatest of All Time Mainstreams Rock Artists” Chart.

With more than 6.5 billion global streams, the record for the most mainstream rock #1 hits ever, platinum or gold certification for all their albums, and the highest praise by critics and fans alike, Shinedown has solidified their status as one of the most enlightened and progressive rock bands in history. And these numbers are only going to rise with the brilliant tunes on Planet Zero. Proof positive is in the response they’ve received from breakout single “Daylight.”

“This is about the human condition. We’ve got to live, and we’ve got to live with one another. And that should be something that is celebrated and not tolerated. That’s what ‘Daylight’ really represents. It’s our humanity. It’s an understanding that we’re all on this planet together, and we’ve got to figure out ways to take care of one another. A lot of times, it may just be asking someone ‘are you okay?’ because you could potentially save someone’s life just by asking. We can’t lose our empathy and courage towards each other, or our willingness to pick someone up if you see them on their knees, because there’s gonna be a moment in time when you need someone to pick you up,” says lead vocalist Brent Smith.

Planet Zero takes a penetrating look into society’s divisiveness, trods through the blood & guts of it all, then eventually finds a way out by highlighting the absolute necessity of us all coming together and working in concert to find real solutions. Produced by Shinedown's Eric Bass, Planet Zero was recorded during the pandemic, mostly in Bass's newly built Big Animal Studio in his home base of South Carolina.

The Planet Zero World Tour rolls through the Northeast with stops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire and includes special guests JELLY ROLL and John Harvie. The routing also includes festival performances at Louder Than Life on September 23 in Louisville, Kentucky and Aftershock on October 9 in Sacramento, California. Tickets can be purchased by clicking below.

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Diane DiMemmo is the founder and editor of Asbury Park Vibes. In addition to hosting the APV Podcast and Artist Spotlight series, she specializes in portrait, promo, and tour photography.

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