Carnival of Madness at Mud Island Amphitheatre 

Hard-rock fans can rejoice in this five-band bill on Mud Island. The undercard includes We As Human, In This Moment, and Papa Roach, the latter of whom can claim one of the more enduring hits of the short-lived "nü-metal" era with the 2000 anthem "Last Resort." But more interesting are the Memphis-connected bands at or near the top of the bill. Skillet was formed in Memphis in the mid-'90s by frontman and lone remaining original member John Cooper, and the band has become one of the biggest crossover success stories in contemporary Christian music. Now based in Wisconsin, Skillet was — as The New York Times noted earlier this summer — one of only three rock bands (along with the Black Keys and Mumford & Sons) to sell a million copies of an album last year. Headlining the show is the Florida-based Shinedown (pictured), which has navigated the ups-and-downs of commercial rock music over the past decade with much more grace and success than most of their cohort, selling more than six million albums over the course of the band's run. The band's local connection is in the form of hotshot Memphis guitarist Zach Myers, who still resides in the Bluff City — and can be found cheering on the Grizzlies from FedExForum floor seats when the band's not on tour. The Carnival of Madness tour lands at the Mud Island Amphitheatre on Wednesday, September 4th. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $62.

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