Posted Online: Jan. 30, 2013, 9:11 am

Shinedown back in Q-C to kick off national tour Friday

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By Laura Anderson Shaw,

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Shinedown launched its new national tour Friday night at the i wireless Center in Moline. The rockers were joined by Three Days Grace and P.O.D.
Are you ready to rock? Get to the i wireless Center in Moline Friday night for Shinedown, Three Days Grace and special guests P.O.D.

"It's a whole new show," said Shinedown drummer, Barry Kerch, in a phone interview on Tuesday.

With the three bands on the bill, it will be a "big rock show," he said. While he wouldn't go into detail, he said, "We've got a lot of fun things in store."

Mr. Kerch said Shinedown has toured or at least crossed paths with the boys in Three Days Grace and P.O.D. (Payable on Death), so getting together for this tour will be like a "family reunion."

The national tour kicks off Friday with the Moline stop. "It should be a lot of fun," Mr. Kerch said.

The band continues to celebrate its latest album "Amaryllis," which was released last March. It entered at the No. 4 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, and No. 1 on the Rock Album Chart, according to a news release.

Its three singles, "Bully," "Unity" and "Enemies" have each topped the Rock Radio Chart, according to the release.

"('Amaryllis') is a beautiful album," Mr. Kerch said. It's "something that we're really proud of."

Shinedown has played in the Q-C a handful of times, and last made a stop in the area at the Adler Theatre in Davenport in November 2010.

So why come back to the Q-C? "Why not come back?" Mr. Kerch said. "The fans are great," he said, adding Moline is "one of those places" that's packed with rock 'n' roll fans who will come out and enjoy the show.

And Friday, folks ought to be prepared for "one helluva rock show, honestly," Mr. Kerch said. "We've pulled out all the stops."

Without dishing specifics, he said fans should plan to see "some really cool things" they haven't seen from Shinedown or anywhere else.

"It's gonna be a show."

Mr. Kerch, vocalist Brent Smith, guitarist Zach Myers, and bassist Eric Bass are coming off of a two-and-a-half-month touring break from the holidays, Mr. Kerch said, and he is looking forward to getting back on the road.

The band tours "extensively," he said, and while it can be hard on the guys because they miss their families, the fans make it all worthwhile.

"I love seeing the faces," Mr. Kerch said. "The faces in the audience, that's my favorite thing."

Regardless of what's going on outside of those doors, fans are able to just go crazy and for even just one moment in time, enjoy themselves at the shows, he said.

"The fact that we can give that to them is a wonderful gift for us," Mr. Kerch said. "It's what keeps us going."

The guys from Three Days Grace are no strangers to the Q-C, either. They last played at the i wireless Center in March 2008.

Three Days Grace released its latest album, "Transit of Venus," last fall, and it debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, and at the top of the Hard Rock Music Chart.

P.O.D. joined the bill in support of its summer release, "Murdered Love."

According to a release, the bandhas released seven studio albums, received three GrammyAward nominations, contributed to numerous motion picture soundtracks, and toured theworld over many times in its 15 years.

If you go:

What: Shinedown, Three Days Grace and P.O.D.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline
Tickets: $25-$40.50, i wireless Center box office, (800) 745-3000 and