The most impressive Friday night lights in Pinnacle Bank Arena didn’t come from the stage where Shinedown was performing.
They were held aloft in the hands of many of the 8,500 fans who, with the band, were honoring a 12-year-old boy named Draven, who died not long ago, and his family, which was at Friday’s show.
The song they illuminated was “Get Up,” the band’s chart-topping hit about perseverance that was given more emotional punch by the dedication.
It came midway through the hard-rock band’s tightly fused set that, while breaking no new ground, delivered.
That started with the lighting and staging, which made spectacular use of lasers and, refreshingly, eschewed the usual big screens showing the band and videos for a flowing light show.
There was some well-placed pyro and concussive blasts — it’s a hard-rock show, after all — and a “front stage” that brought the band into the center of the arena floor.
More importantly, Shinedown brought it musically in a smartly crafted set that, to pick one example, followed the anthemic “Black Soul” with the keyboard-tinged ballad “I Follow You.”
And it allowed for some looseness on the front stage, as singer Brent Smith, who’s one of the best in rock and was in fine voice, pulled out the acoustic-rooted “Call Me,” a fan request and the band chatted up the crowd like it was in a club.
That made the show even better for the fans, who locked in with the band. For Shinedown, who repeatedly praised the crowd and said, sincerely, that it was their favorite show of the tour.