Shinedown brings their "Anything & Everything" acoustic tour to Tampa this Thursday

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Smith explained that it won’t be a coffeehouse sort of evening with soft lights and wine, but rather, a full-blown Shinedown show -- just without all the amps. “We’re going to raise absolute hell,” Smith laughed. “We want it to be fun. We’ll probably pull out karaoke; I’ll drag people out of the audience up onto the stage to sing with us, and all kinds of just crazy stuff.” Four lucky fans will also be offered the opportunity to ask the band a question during the show. When I wondered aloud whether the thought of impromptu questioning scared him, Smith replied “Nah, because it makes it real. We like surprises.”

The "Anything & Everything" tour promises to be a unique and ground-breaking experience for both Shinedown and their fans. The band has lots of special guests and surprises in store for the evening, so even longtime Shinedown followers will get to see something new. Does the thought of performing in such a close, intimate setting intimidate Smith? “It’s the first time I’ve been a little nervous,” he confessed.

Shinedown's "Anything & Everything" tour starts in Tampa on Thursday, November 4, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $29.50 to $43.50 and are available online through the Straz Center Box Office.

When Shinedown vocalist Brent Smith said I could ask him anything, I got the impression he was serious. After chatting with him briefly a few weeks back about the band's upcoming "Anything & Everything" acoustic tour, I now know for sure. [Smith pictured right; all photos by Jeff O'Kelley.]

This marks the first-ever unplugged tour for Shinedown, which kicks things off this Thursday, November 4, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. “We’ve done a ton of acoustic stuff,” remarked Smith, “but we’ve never done it as a band, even though most of the songs were written on an acoustic guitar.” [Read more after the jump.]

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