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Shinedown “45” – Vidiot


One kick ass summer concert down. Plenty more to go. Getting closer and closer to the main event on July 28th. When Shinedown takes the stage at the Adams Center. Today’s Vidiot features one of the first videos I viewed of Shinedown back in 2003. Off of their first album “Leave a whisper.”


The video follows the story of Brent and his blonde ladyfriend, having a little “bitch out session.” According to, Brent Smith said in an interview “The inspiration from the song really came from – I think a lot of people kinda take a literal sense because of the lyrics – but the song is basically about the day that you wake up and you look at yourself in the mirror and you finally decide that you want to try to become comfortable in your own skin, and realize that you’re gonna have to make yourself happy before you’re going to make anyone else happy. And basically, the 45 isn’t an actual literal term for a gun, I used it as a metaphor for the world, the .45 is actually the world and what it hands you every day of your life. When you get up, it’s a gift to be alive to begin with. A lot of different people, when I’ve talked about it, they said, “Do you really honestly mean that?” And I’m like, “Well, yeah.” Because I’ve been in that situation where I didn’t know if I wanted to continue going on and I didn’t know how to necessarily make myself comfortable with who I was, trying to find a way of learning more about myself. And you come from a dark place sometimes, and that’s really the reality of the song. It’s about overcoming and about moving forward. And it’s basically about understanding that it’s not always going to be good, but you really have no one to blame for yourself if you don’t move forward. That’s where the whole, “Nobody knows what I believe,” [comes from] because we’re all individuals. So that’s really where it comes from, it’s about moving on, really”

Shinedown, with special guests Adelitas Way and In This Moment: 7 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at The Adams Center, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula. Tickets $35-$40; by them online at, by calling (406) 243-0211 and at all local GrizTix outlets, including the information booth at the Southgate Mall.

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