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Shinedown’s Eric Bass talks Carnival of Madness

Shinedown consists Zach Myers (from left) Brent Smith Eric Bass Barry Kerch.  |  John Stephens Jonathan Lipking photo

Shinedown consists of Zach Myers (from left), Brent Smith, Eric Bass and Barry Kerch. | John Stephens and Jonathan Lipking photo

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CARNIVAL OF MADNESS

Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We As Human

♦ 5 p.m. Aug. 23

♦ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, (708) 614-1616

♦ Tickets, $20 for general-admission lawn, $20-$40 for second pavilion, $20-$60 for first pavilion and $60 for general-admission pit at (800) 745-3000 or livenation.com

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Updated: September 24, 2013 6:13AM



Even if you’re unfamiliar with the name Shinedown, chances are you know one or many of the rock band’s hits.

Shinedown’s March 2012 release “Amaryllis” includes three consecutive No. 1 singles: “Bully,” “Unity” and “Enemies.”

“ ‘Amaryllis’ is, by far, the most grand thing we’ve ever done,” Shinedown bassist Eric Bass said. “We have a full orchestra. We have a horn section on one song, ‘I’m Not Alright.’ I think it’s a great piece of work.

“I think the heavy songs are really heavy and in your face. The ballads are super melodic and moving.”

“Adrenaline,” the fifth single from the album, was released on Aug. 13 after the success of “I’ll Follow You” on the rock charts.

“A lot of times in modern rock, the music can sound dishonest,” Bass said.

“The thing that really attracted me to the band originally was that honesty. Music fans like honesty.

“That’s something that I always knew was there. When everything worked out and I was able to join the band, it was great to dig deeper into the writing process.”

Bass joined Shinedown (shinedown.com) in 2008 after writing songs with vocalist Brent Smith and drummer Barry Kerch.

Bass’ experience with production via his own recording studio, Ocean Industries Studios, has helped the band — which is rounded out by guitarist Zach Myers — to shape its sound.

“It’s fun to bring that aspect and not to rely on outside people for recording demos, for making music,” Bass said.

Shinedown will headline the fourth annual installment of Carnival of Madness — which also features Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We As Human — on Aug. 23 in Tinley Park.

“We’re really concentrating on trying to sort of reinvent it a little bit,” Bass said of the rock extravaganza (carnivalofmadness.com).

“We did the first one, and we figured we would come out and be bigger, louder and better with more attractions than we did the first time.

“The first Carnival was sort of our first step into being more of an arena rock band than we’ve ever been.

“Now the band’s healthier. We’re way more experienced, and it’s just a much better show than it was the first time.”

Jessi Virtusio blogs about First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

More can be found on Elaborating on Entertainment at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment in the topic titled “Music Extra: A conversation with Shinedown’s Eric Bass.”



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