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KFMA DAY – 20th Anniversary at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
March 23 @ 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Melodic hard rock outfit Shinedown debuted in the early 2000s with the muscular post-grunge Leave a Whisper, a platinum-selling 2003 effort kicking off a string of early modern rock radio successes that kept the band atop the Billboard charts from the late aughts into the 2010s. They smoothed their sound over the years to incorporate pop-friendly hooks and polished production, scoring crossover hits with singles like “Bully” and “Cut the Cord” from the Top Ten albums Amaryllis (2012) and Threat to Survival (2015).
Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, the band’s founding lineup included vocalist Brent Smith, guitarist Jasin Todd, bassist Brad Stewart, and drummer Barry Kerch. Snapped up by Atlantic Records during the early-2000s flurry of post-Creed and Nickelback signings, the group released its debut album, Leave a Whisper, in 2003. Whisper eventually went platinum, aided by its single “Fly from the Inside.” Shinedown also supported it with an intense slate of live shows, remaining on tour throughout most of 2004. The following year the band issued a live album documenting those shows, then returned in October 2005 with its sophomore effort, Us and Them, which went gold. The band underwent a few lineup changes in the years to follow, re-emerging in 2008 as a quintet that included Smith and Kerch along with guitarists Nick Perri and Zach Myers and bass player Eric Bass.
The long-awaited Sound of Madness, featuring Grammy-winning producer Rob Cavallo (Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day), arrived in July. The set went double platinum in the U.S., peaking at number eight on the Billboard 200. It yielded six singles, including the crossover hit “Second Chances,” which rose into the Top Ten of the Hot 100. Soon after the album’s release, the band parted ways with Perri and continued as a quartet. In keeping with its driving sound, the band loaned some of its songs to the WWE to use during their pay-per-view events, as well as a number of other soundtracks, all the while touring for Sound of Madness. The trek eventually led to a CD/DVD set, 2011’s Somewhere in the Stratosphere, which featured a pair of complete live sets from their Carnival of Madness and Anything & Everything tours.
The band’s fourth studio album, Amaryllis (Atlantic/Roadrunner), was released in the spring of 2012. Once again produced by Cavallo, the effort debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, its highest entry to date. Singles like “Bully” and “Unity” fared well on the charts, with the former crossing over to the Hot 100. They promoted the album with separate tours with Three Days Grace and Papa Roach, which carried them into late 2013. A pair of acoustic EPs, Acoustic Sessions and Acoustic Sessions, Pt. 2, arrived in early 2014, featuring Smith and Myers covering songs from the likes of Metallica and Adele.
In June 2015, Shinedown issued the single “Cut the Cord,” which landed on their fifth studio long-player, Threat to Survival. Released in September, Threat to Survival was another Top Ten hit for the band, debuting a refreshed sound that was less Breaking Benjamin and more Imagine Dragons on tracks like “Cut the Cord,” “State of My Head,” and “How Did You Love.” While touring behind Threat to Survival — including a European stint with Iron Maiden — Bass wrote prolifically, producing dozens of songs and a concept for the band’s sixth album. Produced by Bass, Attention Attention was released in May 2018 and included the singles “Devil” and “The Human Radio.”
Starting out as a hardcore punk- and rap-influenced outfit, Papa Roach eventually grew into a straight-ahead hard rock ensemble with strong heavy metal leanings and a knack for pairing uncompromising power with pure pop acumen. Emerging in the mid-’90s, the group broke big in 2001 with the release of their sophomore effort and major-label debut Infest, which went triple platinum on the strength of the nu-metal- and hip-hop-inspired single “Last Resort.” A move toward a less rap-forward style on albums like lovehatetragedy (2002) and Getting Away with Murder (2004) did little to hurt them commercially (the former went gold and the latter went platinum), and by the time of the release of their ninth studio long-player, 2017’s industrial metal-tinged Crooked Teeth, the Grammy Award-nominated Northern California-based group had sold over 20 million albums and outlived many of their alt-metal contemporaries.
Consisting of Coby Dick, Jerry Horton, Dave Buckner, and Tobin Esperance, Papa Roach formed in 1993 and began releasing EPs soon after, including 1994’s Potatoes for Christmas and 1995’s Caca Bonita. By 1996, the group had replaced original bassist Will James with Esperance and hired a new manager; the following year, Papa Roachreleased their first full-length album, Old Friends from Young Years, which became a surprise hit on local radio.
The band’s regional success led to more prominent gigs, including dates with Suicidal Tendencies, Sevendust, and Powerman 5000, and a deal with Dreamworks Records, which released Papa Roach‘s second album, Infest, in early 2000. The album went triple platinum thanks to the success of “Last Resort,” an intensely popular single that helped make Papa Roach one of the most beloved hard rock acts of the new millennium. Two years later, frontman Coby Dick opted to go by his given name of Jacoby Shaddix, and a new album, lovehatetragedy, was released that June. Stylistically, the band had begun to grow beyond its rap-rock roots and the new tracks showcased a slightly more mature, melodic, and straightforward hard rock sound. That same summer, however, the band joined a number of rap acts — including Ludacris and Xzibit — on Eminem‘s Anger Management Tour.
In 2004, Papa Roach released their fourth studio effort, Getting Away with Murder. Buoyed by the success of the single “Scars,” Getting Away with Murder sold well and eventually went platinum. Two years later, Papa Roach began work on their next studio album at the infamous and historical Paramour mansion in Hollywood, once the home of silent movie star Antonio Moreno. Released in fall 2006, The Paramour Sessions featured a heavy L.A. rock aesthetic and generated two Top Ten rock singles, although its sales stalled at around 400,000 copies. Drummer Dave Buckner exited the line-up one year later; after filling the empty seat with Unwritten Law‘s Tony Palermo, Papa Roach hit the road to support The Paramour Sessions with tour dates alongside Seether and Staind. They remained on the road after joining Mötley Crüe‘s Crüe Fest in 2008, but the band also found time to return to the Paramour mansion, where they launched songwriting sessions for another album. Released in early 2009, Metamorphosis found Papa Roach reprising their interpretation of metallic hard rock and reuniting with Infest producer Jay Baumgardner.
Papa Roach parted ways with Interscope in 2010 and signed a deal with the independent Eleven Seven label. The band’s first album for Eleven Seven, Time for Annihilation, combined new cuts and live re-recordings of their hits and appeared in August of 2010. Also that year, they released the career-spanning collection The Best of Papa Roach: To Be Loved. In 2012, Papa Roach delivered their seventh studio album, The Connection. Featuring production from Sixx: A.M.frontman James Michael as well as Goldfinger‘s John Feldmann, the album showcased a mix of the styles and sounds the band had touched on over the years, from rap to more straight-ahead hard rock, as well as incorporating a distinct electronic influence. The electronic element became even more pronounced on their next album, 2015’s F.E.A.R. (“Face Everything & Rise”), which boasted an even more radio-friendly, industrial-tinged pop-metal sound.
After spending much of the following year in the studio, Papa Roach emerged in May 2017 with their ninth full-length album, Crooked Teeth. Produced by Nicholas “RAS” Furlong and Colin Brittain, the album included the singles “Crooked Teeth” and “Help.” It reached number 20 on the Billboard 200, and hit number one on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart. Two singles, “Who Do You Trust?” [sic] and “Renegade Music,” were issued in October 2018 ahead of the release of the new studio LP, also titled Who Do You Trust?, which arrived in January 2019.
Spanning two continents, three names, and nearly a dozen members, Asking Alexandria are a band whose career seems to be more about change than anything else. The brainchild of guitarist Ben Bruce, the band was originally formed in Dubai in 2003 under the name Amongst Us, which soon changed to End of Reason before eventually settling on Asking Alexandria in 2006. They cemented the name change with their self-released EP Tomorrow.Hope.Goodbye. The following year they released their first full-length album, The Irony of Your Perfection, through Hangmans Joke.
Shortly afterwards, Bruce left Dubai and returned to England, resulting in the dissolution of the band. In 2008, he formed a new band around the name Asking Alexandria. Unlike its vaguely post-hardcore predecessor, this incarnation was a pretty standard screamo/metalcore act, with chugging guitars and alternating singing/screaming vocals. Finally settling on the lineup of Danny Worsnop (vocals), Camron Liddell(guitar), James Cassells (drums), and Sam Bettley (bass), the band set to work on a touring blitz of the United States with bands like Alesana, the Bled, and Evergreen Terrace. In 2009, they signed with Sumerian Records and released their first album with the new lineup, Stand Up and Scream, in the fall of that year. They followed their debut with the Life Gone Wild EP, which included remixes of songs from Stand Up and Scream and a few Skid Row covers.
The band would find mainstream success in 2011 with the release of the remix album Stepped Up and Scratched, which featured EDM remixes of songs from their debut as well as their sophomore album, Reckless & Relentless, which was released a few months later. Reckless peaked at number nine on the Billboard charts and the band continued with relentless touring into the next year. At the end of 2012, Worsnop tore a vocal cord, an injury that would prove consequential years later. The band returned in the summer of 2013 with a more mature hard rock sound, smoothing off some of the metalcore and electronicore influences, resulting in their more focused third album, From Death to Destiny.
At the end of the tour cycle, in January 2015, Worsnopannounced that he was parting ways with the band to focus on a more traditional rock & roll sound with his group We Are Harlot. Asking Alexandria recruited a new singer, Ukrainian metalcore vocalist Denis Stoff (Make Me Famous), and immediately released the new lineup’s first single, “I Won’t Give In.” That song would appear on their album The Black, which was released a year later in March 2016. In October 2016, Stoff split with the band. Worsnop — in the midst of his own solo endeavors — rejoined Asking Alexandria just in time for the band’s ten-year anniversary. The reunited group returned to the studio to record its fifth album, which featured the lead single “Into the Fire.” The eponymous Asking Alexandria arrived in late 2017.
Los Angeles-based trio the Fever 333 inject their raucous hybrid rap-rock sound with politically charged lyrics similar to forebears Rage Against the Machine, with additional touches of Public Enemy, Black Flag, and Linkin Park. Abrasive, aggressive, and energetic, the three-piece outfit features frontman Jason Aalon Butler (ex-LetLive), guitarist Stephen Harrison (the Chariot), and drummer Aric Improta (Night Verses). With full support by producers Travis Barker (blink-182) and John Feldmann (Goldfinger) — who signed the band to their More Hi-Hat label — the Fever 333 made their debut in 2017 with fiery live shows and grassroots organization to promote their message of “community, charity, and change.” This socially conscious spirit was woven into early tracks like the visceral “Hunting Season,” the genre-blurring trap-metal “Walking in My Shoes,” and the fiery “We’re Coming In.” In March 2018, the band announced that they had inked a deal with Roadrunner Records, releasing the EP Made in America. Strength in Numb333rs, the group’s first full-length effort, arrived in early 2019.