KEARNEY — A shadow hung over the heads of the members of Shinedown as they began working on their latest album, “Amaryllis.”
That shadow was their hit 2008 album, “The Sound of Madness,” said Eric Bass, bass player for the band. The “Sound of Madness” spent 120 weeks on the Billboard charts and made rock history with six singles reaching No. 1 on airplay rankings.
The Florida hard rock quartet will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Viaero Event Center in Kearney. The Los Angeles heavy metal band In This Moment will open for Shinedown.
“Amaryllis” was released in March. In the first week, the band sold 106,000 records and was No. 4 on the Billboard charts.
“(Amaryllis) is basically just a step forward for the band from ‘The Sound of Madness,’” Bass explained in a phone interview. “When we were writing the record, we talked about what we haven’t talked about subject-wise.”
As the band worked on the album, Bass said it worked to make it the best album it could be.
“(It’s a) very thought-provoking record,” said Bass. “We try to write songs that are going to appeal to a lot of people and not so metaphoric that people don’t understand it.”
One of the album’s radio hits, “Bully,” is a song Bass said anyone can relate to.
“It’s about everyone being bullied, (even) adults being bullied at work,” Bass said. “It rang true for people.”
The band’s newest single, “Unity,” has already started to impact Shinedown fans around the world. At a performance in June at Nova Rock Festival in Austria, Bass was amazed when the crowd sang along to every word of “Unity.”
“You realize what a reach you have and how your music is reaching people all over the world,” he said.
What Bass said keeps the band pushing forward and continuing to make music is the members’ genuine love for music and respect for one another.
“We are very open with each other, and we genuinely like each other,” he explained. “(When) we are on stage and we are smiling and having fun with each other, that’s honest.”
Tickets for the concert are $32.50 in advance and $36 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.kearneyevents.com or by calling 338-8011.
The band previously performed in Kearney in 2009 and is looking forward to returning.
“I have good memories of Kearney,” Bass said. “We are looking forward to having a kick-ass crowd.”