Shinedown Surprised Dinosaur Pile-Up with a New Concert Banner and a Jock Strap

August 22, 2019

When you see a live band, often times they will have a giant banner behind them with their logo and artwork that everyone from the pit to the nosebleeds can see. And as UK rockers Dinosaur Pile-Up began to tour with Shinedown, they brought with them a banner about the size of a large tablecloth.

"That was our crappy little banner. We've had it for ages," says frontman Matt Bigland. "Banners are really expensive because they have to fireproof. We've been touring with our little backdrop for ages."

So when Dinosaur Pile-Up were asked to tour with Shinedown, their banner tooked a bit out of place in some of the giant venues they were performing in. "We were hanging it up and it literally looked like a t-shirt," says Bigland. "I just remember as it got hoisted up at the first show I was like, 'Oh no,'" adds drummer Mike Sheils.

But after the amount of wear and tear they put their banner through, Dinosaur Pile-Up had no choice but to lay their banner over their amps onstage. "[It looked like] a throw over a sofa," says Sheils.

So during a show that was not going the way they had hoped, Shinedown and their crew had something in store for the guys of Dinosaur Pile-Up. "We were all looking at them, and they all yank this big black drape that's covering all of the other bands' banners. And behind that drape is an enormous, headliner-sized banner with Dinosaur Pile-Up across it," says Bigland. "And then we look left and all of Shinedown, all of their crew, all the other bands, there must have been 50 side of the stage watching this thing go down because everyone knew about it but us."

But when they went to thank the guys of Shinedown for their generosity, they were met by Brent Smith wearing nearly nothing but a jock strap for some reason.

Watch Matt and Mike tell their full story in part 1 of their interview in the player above and listen to their full interview with Mistress Carrie in the podcast below!