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Brent Smith and Zach Myers bring their stripped down duo project to the Fillmore Detroit

On Friday, December 17th, Shinedown's Brent Smith and Zach Myers brought their duo project, Smith & Myers, to the stage at the Fillmore Detroit.

The pair started the stripped-down acoustic sets back in 2017 and released a double album last year, Volumes 1 and 2, which features a number of the duo's favorite covers and some original tracks.

Friday's set was comprised of some of the material from the album alongside some different covers and some popular Shinedown tracks.

Along for the ride, and backing the duo up, were J.R. Moore and Zack Mack.

Friday's show kicked off with the strains of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" as the crowd excitedly packed in.

Smith & Myers then hit the stage with their striking take on Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" before kicking into an original track, "New School Shiver."

As the set moved on, they pulled out some more originals including "Not Mad Enough" and "Bad At Love," some more covers including INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart" and The Zuton's "Valerie" and more Shinedown crowd favorites including "45" and "Sound of Madness."

Most of the set featured Brent Smith on vocals, but Zach Myers did take his turn on the mic trying his hand at Taylor Swift's "All Too Well," Bob Seger's "Night Moves" and Oasis' "Don't Look Back In Anger."

Both Smith and Myers were excited about playing Detroit again, sharing tales of shows they've played in the past and remarking on how great the crowd always is.

The pair also spent a lot of time sharing jokes and teasing one another in between songs.

Myers has been putting a different setlist together each night, but the pair went off the grid with Shinedown's "Burning Bright" after a member of the audience requested it.

The pair also pulled out a special performance of Shinedown's "Thick As Thieves," which they had never performed on stage.

The pair closed out the set with a sing-along performance of Shinedown's "Second Chance" and a striking cover of The Righteous Brother's "Unchained Melody."

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