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Shinedown (with Pop Evil and Ayron Jones) at Videotron Center

Shinedown was on Tuesday night at the Videotron Center in Quebec City on the occasion of its brand new 22-date North American tour. In addition to Quebec, the band will also stop in Montreal (tonight at the Olympia), Toronto and Calgary for the Canadian portion of its journey. Shinedown shares the stage with Pop Evil and Ayron Jones: an American triple of rock solid as well as melodic.


Formed by singer Brent Smith in 2001, Shinedown visits us to promote the album planetzero, seventh in the Florida group, recorded in the midst of a pandemic. A concept album about the dominance of social media and widespread toxic intolerance. The album draws a rather dark and frightening vision of a near future with individual freedoms flouted in the way Georges Orwell had described it in his visionary novel. 1984 published in 1949.

At 9:00 p.m., the lights go out and the huge sound boxes play BOB by Outkast. Wicked contrasts with the music that awaits us in a few minutes.

The screens in the background project a short documentary of the American band while at the same time, a feminine spectral image invades the screen to introduce us to the universe of planetzero. It is under the bombs and the huge columns of red light that the show begins.

Once again, as was the case for the other two groups previously, the singer is having a hard time tonight. Now it’s Brent Smith’s turn, by his own admission, to have a cracking voice. Never mind; the contribution of the musicians to the choirs balances everything. His voice takes its place after a few songs including, among other things, less heavy pieces like State of my Mind and 45.

Eric Bass, introduced by Brent Smith, settles down at the piano to interpret the magnificent piece get-up. The lull is short-lived as Shinedown launches into Bully.

As was the case with Pop Evil earlier in the evening, Shinedown gets slightly lost between songs offering instrumental strips or all-lights-off blackouts instead of interacting with the crowd.

“Music is a universal language! Show me how the stars are tonight! “says Brent Smith before the training interprets daylight under a constellation of switched on cellphones. The singer takes on the appearance of a preacher, speaking at length to the crowd before performing enemies. All this time, fans have been on their feet to immortalize the precious moments of the show on their cellphones.

The sound system is now at its height and the guitars tear the eardrums. The hit second chance is brilliantly performed, with fans singing the lyrics from the heart.

The show is already coming to an end, but not before the people of Quebec have sung call me and Single Man with Shinedown. “The best crowd on the tour, but also the best of the last twenty years”, according to Zach Myers, guitarist of the group.

Sounds of Madness comes to close in a masterful way the show under the bombs and the fireworks.

A warm welcome for our neighbors to the south this evening in a Videotron Center concert formula filled almost to capacity.


Michigan native Pop Evil is on a promotional tour for the album Versatile released in May 2021. As its name suggests, the twelve new songs from the group’s sixth studio album offer a sound that mixes frenzied hard rock with melodic power ballads. A joyful mix of styles in a modern and powerful amalgam.

The five members of Pop Evil arrive on stage at 7:45 p.m. to the rhythm of the introductory sequences ofEye of the Storm. Singer Leigh Kakaty asks fans from the second song to pound the sky with their closed fists. The thousands of admirers are not told twice before running.

The floor in general admission standing, much better filled than for Ayron Jones, is however not at full capacity. Kakaty has some voice issues, but it’s all back to normal after a few songs.

The tracks are mostly interspersed with electronic sequences which once again break the rhythm of the tour show. The Vortex Tour.

The visual invoice is simple and tasteful, limited to four columns of smoke used wisely. Two side walkways allow the musicians to join the drummer Hayley Cramer perched on the rear platform.

Good honest and effective 45 minute performance from an ever growing band. I would have taken a little more, but that will be for next time.

Ayron Jones

Seattle newcomer Ayron Jones, 35, mixes grunge with rock, adding his own soulful and blues touches.

The gritty-voiced entertainer, spiritual son of Hendrix, cultivates a serious following on the Pacific Northwest. A privileged moment for him to make himself known on this side of the continent.

” How are you ? exclaims Ayron Jones as soon as he enters the stage while the lights are still on. Truly acting as the first part, Jones is entitled to a reasonable balance of sound, but the most limited lighting. The floor was only filled to a third of its capacity, as well as the several thousand spectators who arrived early at the Videotron Centre, still giving the artist a warm welcome.

The guitar is fuzzy at will and the first piece already lets glimpse his talent as an accomplished guitarist. Halfway through Jones will even use a drumstick to perform a solo, the least we can say hard-hitting. For voice; we’ll go back. But who cares.

An intense half-hour that seems to have been appreciated by Shinedown and Pop Evil fans.

Song Grid (Shinedown)

  1. The Saints of Violence
  2. Devil
  3. planetzero
  4. State of my Head
  5. 45
  6. get-up
  7. bully
  8. daylight
  9. enemies
  10. Cut the Cord
  11. second chance
  12. Unity
  13. Monsters
  14. Diamond Eyes
  15. call me
  16. Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
  17. Sounds of Madness

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