By Eileen Tilson/ @tktalt_tn
With a new album without a name due out early next year, to say that Shinedown have been busy, is an understatement. Having sold over 8 million albums worldwide, this is a band who is more than just a household name. According to lead singer, Zach Myers it’s “all about the songs,” which is why during the small amount of time before their next epic album is released, Myers is playing some special dates across the country and he is bringing some of his closest musician friends with him on stage (such as Joe Firstman of the Carson Daly Band). We chatted with Zach as part of our 5GB series before his show on Monday, Nov. 21 in The Reverb Room at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
It was in Tennessee, I think I was about seven years old, my dad took me to see Lynyrd Skynyrd. He used to take me to see concerts all the time when I was little, and now I take him to shows! I just took him to see the Zac Brown Band a couple of weeks ago!
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?
Hmmm, it is a toss up! The first time we did our European headlining tour, we stopped in and played at this venue in Glasgow called King Tut’s. It only held about 300 people, and was super intimate. We hadn’t played a show that small in so long, that it felt like we reverted back to before we were signed. It was awesome connecting with the crowd like that.
What is the best gig you have ever been to?
The last show that Garth Brooks did in Nashville was pretty spectacular! I am also a pretty huge U2 fan, and that show they did at Vanderbilt was incredible. The last time they had played in Nashville was 30 years prior!
Gig you would most like to play?
We have been pretty fortunate to mostly arenas, and some pretty great festivals, but we have yet to play Madison Square Garden! We played PNC in NYC, and sold it out, so maybe one day!
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Hmm, probably Shinedown opening, then Foo Fighters, then U2 in Slane Castle!
Catch Zach Myers & Friends Monday, Nov.21 at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville