Melodic hard rockers Shinedown hail from Jacksonville, Florida and feature vocalist Brent Smith, guitarist Jasin Todd, bassist Brad Stewart and drummer Barry Kerch. Snapped up by Atlantic Records during the early ‘00's flurry of post-Creed and Nickelback signings, the group released their debut album Leave a Whisper in 2003. Whisper ended up doing quite well for the band, aided by its single "Fly from the Inside." Shinedown also supported it with a heroic slate of live shows, remaining on tour for most of 2004. The following year the band issued a live album documenting those shows, then returned in October 2005 with their sophomore effort Us and Them.
Godsmack came as a breath of fresh air to the world of heavy metal when they arrived on the scene in 1998. Godsmack's ferocious tour dates and hit albums featuring the deep growl of lead singer Sully Erna earned the band the reputation as one of the most popular heavy metal bands of the new millennium. Even Godsmack's latest album, The Oracle, has given the band their third #1 album in a row, showing off their staying power. This will also be displayed on Godsmack's North American tour dates in 2011, which are tearing through arenas this summer.
Sully Erna formed Godsmack in 1995 after becoming tired of drumming and wanting to take a stab at singing. Godsmack's self-titled debut album became a huge success, going platinum four times thanks largely to the hit single, "Whatever." Headlining and high profile tour dates quickly followed, including an appearance at Ozzfest and supporting Black Sabbath on their tour. Godsmack continued to score hits with their albums, including Faceless in 2003, which featured the Grammy-nominated songs "I Stand Alone" and "Straight Out of Line."
After four years without a release, Godsmack released The Oracle in 2010. The album was praised by fans and critics as a return to the band's signature sound displayed on their first album. The album has also reignited Godsmack's tenacity for touring, as the band has numerous tour dates in 2011. After finishing up headlining appearances on the Mayhem Festival on August 14, Godsmack will perform around North America where they will be supported by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Adrenaline Mob. Don't miss these 2011 tour dates as Godsmack shows the world they're still in their prime.
Red Sun Rising:
Red Sun Rising is a hard rock band from the Rubber City of Akron, Ohio. Red Sun Rising has grown significantly since its formation in 2008. RSR consists of Mike Protich (vocals), Ryan Williams (Guitar), Mitch Bandel (bass) and Mark Jendrisak (drums). Some accomplishments include: winning Cleveland's hard rock band of the year, appearing on several television shows, as well as performances with: Shinedown, Chevelle, Sevendust , 10 Years, Puddle Of Mudd, Sponge, 7 Mary Three, The Used, and Days Of The New to name a few. With these shows and a steady amount of regional radio play, RSR's fan base is constantly growing. In the past year Red Sun Rising has released two full length albums (Red Sun Rising) and (Making Of Kings). RSR has also released two major music videos and several acoustic videos. A quote from Chris Maduri, V.P. of C.B.S radio, "The band is tight, passionate, and not shy about who they are (straight forward agressive hard rock)."