Shinedown’s Brent Smith: “I Thought I Was Gonna Die From Withdrawal” Shinedown’s Brent Smith admits he’s lucky to be alive. In a new interview, he talked about a show they played at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles in 2015 as he was trying to kick his addiction. Smith said, “The withdrawal made me feel like I was going die. To the band’s credit, they pulled the slack for me.” Smith also talked about the last time he cried; the day Eddie Van Halen died. “I was lucky enough to hang out with Eddie during the early days of Shinedown. He was among the sweetest, kindest people I knew.” When was the last time you cried?