Brent Smith - vocals | Barry Kerch - drums | Eric Bass - bass | Zach Myers - guitars
Atlantic Records recording group Shinedown will be elevating current guitarist Zach Myers to the role of lead guitarist beginning immediately. Myers will be replacing Nick Perri who is leaving to explore other projects.
"I'd like to thank Nick for touring with us over the past year," commented lead singer Brent Smith. "I wish Nick the best in his future endeavours. That being said, I'm pleased Zach is taking over Nick's role in the group. Zach is one of the most phenomenal guitarists I know. We're looking forward to all the upcoming touring we'll be doing this year."
"Brent offered me an incredible opportunity - one that I am grateful for, one that I have never taken for granted, and one that I will always cherish," commented Nick Perri. "The truth is, however, after 10 months something inside of me just doesn't feel right. This is a personal matter and has NOTHING to do with the band, our amazing crew, or inspiring team at In De Goot management and Atlantic Records. They have ALL made me feel welcome, and for that I thank them. On a final note I wanted to thank my brothers - Brent, Barry, Zach, and Eric. You guys are the best musicians I've ever known, and are inspiring both onstage and off."
Shinedown's latest single in the U.S. 'Second Chance' kicked off with a blistering performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on September 5th. The single is currently #2 at rock and Top 5 at modern rock. The song is now headed to Top 40 radio in the U.S. early this month.
Shinedown's latest album, 'The Sound Of Madness', was produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day, My Chemical Romance). Upon its release it became the band's biggest debut of their career landing at # 8 its first week on the U.S. charts. The album has remained on the Billboard Top 200 album chart for 24 consecutive weeks. Shinedown's first single from 'The Sound of Madness' - 'Devour' - reached #1 on both the Billboard Active and Mediabase Rock charts.
From the start, Shinedown have proven to be true road warriors, touring non-stop to bring their hard-edged rock 'n' roll to fans across the U.S. The band has performed countless headline dates, and shared stages with the likes of Seether, Van Halen, 3 Doors Down, Rob Zombie, and Godsmack. They recently wowed UK audiences supporting Disturbed on their October Tour. They will be back in the UK this month prior to the release of second UK single 'The Sound of Madness' and the forthcoming UK release of album 'The Sound of Madness'. You can hear single 'The Sound of Madness' at www.myspace.com/shinedown. Dates are as follows (please note change of London venue):
Wed 21 Jan 2009 London - Islington Academy
Thu 22 Jan 2009 Birmingham - Barfly
Fri 23 Jan 2009 Glasgow - King Tuts
Sun 25 Jan 2009 Manchester - Academy