Review By Matthew Spehar
Yet another great concert put into the history books at DTE Energy Music Theatre last night, as the “Carnival of Madness” tour rolled through town. Quite a fitting venue as well, since energy seemed to be the common theme amongst the performers. We As Human, and In This Moment got things jump started early with their gritty and intense musical stylings, and that set the tone for the rest of the night. The weather became a factor, as it was a soaker for most of the evening, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind. Instead, they just did what they always do, turned the hill into a slip-n-slide, and partied like true rock stars. By the time that Skillet took the stage, the rain was pouring down, and the stage was already set for this night to be a memorable one. Skillet is a great young band, full of promise, potential, and plenty of stage presence. Then there was Papa Roach! With their piercing lyrics, and hardcore riffs that we’ve all come to know and love, Papa Roach always brings it hard. The seasoned band of twenty years leaves nothing in the tank, and everything on the stage when they exit. True artists and performers, PR is always great at hyping and involving the crowd, and Last Resort still brings the house down every time. At this point, the crowd of dripping wet, and muddy individuals that remained in the place,(which was most of them) were worked into a frenzy, awaiting, and anticipating Shinedown to take the stage and bless the mic. Lead singer Brent Smith is in my opinion, one of the best frontmen in the business. He’s very charismatic, and works the crowd very well when on stage. With their perfect blend of poetry and pyrotechnics, Shinedown is a band that will never disappoint. From the light show, to the onstage antics, and everything in between, Shinedown is a true rock band, and I would recommend to anyone that hasn’t seen them…go see them live! All in all, it was a great night, I am sure I am not alone, when I say that I am already waiting for the next opportunity to see any, or all of these bands again. Get out and see the music!