The FM99 Lunatic Luau Festival Explodes with Rock Brilliance!

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By Annette Holloway

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.

The 19th year of FM99 Lunatic Luau Festival proved to be a spectacular explosion of rock and roll brilliance. The headliner Shinedown always goes to the next level in everything they do, and this night was no exception. One of today’s most beloved rock bands with over ten million albums sold worldwide, they launched their set with “Devil,” “Diamond Eyes,” and “Monsters.” With incredible pyrotechnics and “concussion bombs,” their anthems immediately grabbed your attention and made your heart skip a beat. Lead singer Brent Smith not only rocks the stage, but always encourages strength and unity.

My favourite part of the show was when he stopped and shook the photographers’ hands. However, the most emotional song of the night was, of course, “Get Up,” which is a song that relates to those in the throes of depression, encouraging them to never give up. What better way to end Lunatic Luau than with the hard-hitting “Sound of Madness?” Until next time, Shinedown.

Highlights of Lunatic Luau included Bush performing their live debut of new single “Bullet Holes,” from their upcoming album. The band Fozzy with one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling, Chris Jericho, brought plenty of showmanship and passion to the stage. The veteran band, P.O.D. (Payable on Death), rocked the day with tunes from their new album Circles, and some old favourites.

Nita Strauss, touring guitarist for Alice Cooper and direct descendent of classical composer Johann Strauss, performed her first festival as a solo artist, melting the audience with her shredding skills and epic stage presence. Check out her new album, Controlled Chaos. She was definitely a festival favourite!

Check out Lunatic Luau’s full lineup and Shinedown’s setlist below.

In This Moment
Red Sun Rising
Dirty Honey SIDE STAGE
The Glorious Sons
Fever 333
Nita Strauss
Seven Ten Oil
Just Standing (Battle of the Bands Winne Shinedown)

Shinedown’s Setlist
1. Devil 
2. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) 
3. Monsters 
4. Unity 
5. I'll Follow You 
6. Enemies 
7. Bully 
8. 45 
9. Get Up 
10. Cut the Cord 
11. Second Chance 
12. Sound of Madness