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Shinedown grants wish for terminally ill fan

Shinedown Performs At Pointfest On May 12 2018
Photo by Reemah Shah | Out Of The Black Photography for 105.7 The Point

During a recent tour stop in Wisconsin, Shinedown granted the wish of a very special fan who was recently diagnosed as being terminally ill with cancer. 19-year-old Zach Olson was the band’s guest at a recent show after his mother Miranda reached out to the Thursday’s Child organization that helped arrange for the meeting with his favorite band.

Singer Brent Smith personally gave Zach a backstage tour, explained the production of the show to him and also introduced him to members of Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria. The family also watched the band’s show from close to the stage, with Smith coming over to sing directly to Zach at one point.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch a local news report on Zach and his meeting with Shinedown:

Drummer Barry Kerch told us a while back that Shinedown’s fans mean the world to the band: “They are everything to us, and we will do everything we can to make sure that we give them exactly what they ask for, whether it’s coming to a show and putting on the best show we possibly can, 110 percent, or spending the time afterwards just to say hello to them. That’s what we pride ourselves on, because without them, I don’t get to do what I love for a living. And to look out in an audience and see those fans looking at you and singing the lyrics back to you, or air drumming or air guitaring, it’s priceless.”

Zach’s mother Miranda told the local NBC news affiliate, “My heart was full, my eyes were full. It was amazing. To see that happen for him, to know that that’s all he wanted. I couldn’t think of anything better.” She added, “They made us feel like we were family, like we were part of them and I wish they knew what it meant to us to make this dream come true.”

Zach was first diagnosed with cancer in 2009, but had been in remission in recent years. It was only in January when he returned for his most recent scan that the family learned that the cancer had returned and that it was terminal.

RELATED: A few tickets remain to see Shinedown, Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria Sunday (March 17) at Chaifetz Arena

Story source: Loudwire


  • Shinedown’s latest album, Attention Attention, came out last year and features the Top 10 rock hit “Get Up.” 
  • The band recently announced new summer tour dates, beginning June 21st in the Woodlands, Texas and ending July 27th in Ridgefield, Washington. BadflowerDinosaur Pile-Up and Broken Hands will tag along on the trek.

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