ATLANTA -- Brent Smith, lead singer of the band Shinedown, has no physical home. He’s a 24/7 nomad who lives exclusively in hotels. And he’s fine with that.
“I am a true minimalist ― I literally have two suitcases,” said Smith, who is coming to Lakewood Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Sept. 27, for Shinedown’s first stop in Atlanta in nearly two years since a Fox Theatre appearance in 2021. It’s part of a 26-city fall tour with Spiritbox and Papa Roach. (Tickets on sale at livenation.com.)
Smith’s last home was in Thousand Oaks, California, from 2010 to 2016. But he said he spent maybe six months total there over that six-year span so he sold it.
“I have to be able to move on a dime,” he said. “I own four LLCs. Everything I do is a business expense. Everything I do is a write off.”
Smith does visit his 15-year-old son in Florida as often as he can, even if it’s just for a day or two. “I love the freedom of my existence,” he said.
That freedom stems from the success of Shinedown over two decades. The group’s anthemic and undeniably melodic songs have been a staple of rock radio, helping the band garner the most No. 1 hits (18) of any act on the Billboard mainstream rock chart, more than the Foo Fighters, Disturbed or Van Halen.
“To this day, I have a hard time wrapping my head around it,” Smith said. “To me, I lead by example for the people around me. I removed the rearview mirror a long time ago. I’m always looking forward. We have a saying in Shinedown: don’t make it about the painter. Make it about the painting. Look at the big picture.”
The band’s songs address serious topics such as bullying, depression, mental illness and resilience. “I’m trying to empower people and give them motivation and understanding about themselves,” Smith said.
And while hard rock has been the band’s primary bailiwick, Smith during the pandemic co-wrote the decidedly pop-sounding song “A Symptom of Being Human” with bandmate and bassist Eric Bass. (Yes, the bassist’s last name is actually Bass.)
“This song represents the dynamic of the human condition,” Smith said. “We are all works in progress.”
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