Tennessee loves METAL…so do I!

This week in Tennesse was Metal week for me and Shure.  What better way to kick it all off than with a road trip to one of the places where Rock & Roll got it’s start…Memphis, TN.

The “Carnival of Madness” tour is hosted by Shure Artists Shinedown.  Before the groups hit the Mud Island Amphitheater stage, I had the opportunity to conduct a video interview with Shinedown lead singer Brent Smith, bassist Eric Bass, and their monitor engineer Chris Lightcap.  The guys were very complimentary of Shure and our products.

Joining Shinedown on this tour are fellow Shure Artists Skillet.  Lead singer and bassist John Cooper joined me for a video interview as well.  The group just signed with Shure this year and they are loving the new gear.  John noted the improved clarity he is getting through his KSM9HS capsule on the ULXD series wireless.

Both groups performed brilliantly on the banks of the Mississippi River for an enthusiastic crowd.  I’d like to send a special note of thanks to the crews for both of these groups who were very accommodating in making these interviews a success.

The next day, back in Nashville, 12,000 people descended into the Bridgestone Arena to prepare for a Metal onslaught like they haven’t seen in quite a while – Megadeth and Iron Maiden!  The sea of black concert shirts on the street corners of downtown Nashville probably made the tourists think twice about whether they were actually IN the Country Music capitol.

The last time I saw Iron Maiden was on their “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” Tour.  Ironically, that was the backdrop for this show.  I arrived at Bridgestone, camera gear in tow as I was to interview one of the greatest Metal Guitarists and singers in history, Dave Mustaine.  As I mentioned in a previous blog, I was in a metal band in college. Our opening song was always the first part of Megadeth’s “Holy Wars.”  Needless to say, I was looking forward to this. I am also honored to say that Dave and I have a wonderful relationship.

I went up to Will Call to grab my tickets and in line were several members of Dierks Bentley‘s and Luke Bryan‘s bands.

Once Megadeth launched into their set, you could tell the crowd was ready for some full throttle head bangin’.  It was cool to see so many crowd members sing along to “Peace Sells.”   When Iron Maiden took the stage, 2 songs in, Bruce Dickerson told the crowd that if they thought they had come to a “Country & Western” show, they had made a terrible mistake. Iron Maiden has the most amazing props I’ve seen at a show.  Their mascot “Eddie” makes several appearances during the night – on banners, a giant statuesque costume, and popping up behind the stage.  The band played for more than 2 hours!

Enjoy the pix, the video interviews will be up soon.

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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