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Shindown’s Brent Smith surprised with city key during show in Tennessee hometown

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Shinedown‘s tour made a stop Sunday in frontman Brent Smith‘s hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, where he received a surprise honor.

During the show, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs — also known to WWE fans as the wrestler Kane — got up onstage and presented Smith with a key to the city. The key was created by students of South-Doyle High School, which Smith graduated from in the ’90s.

Shinedown posted video of the key presentation on Facebook alongside a caption from a “speechless, humbled and beyond grateful” Smith.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined a moment like this, as I watched Kane take the stage, and proceed to address the crowd, and present me with the Key to the city of my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee,” Smith writes. “Thank you to the Mayor. I am honored beyond belief. Thank you also to South-Doyle High School for creating the key. I appreciate you so much. I LOVE YOU KNOXVILLE.”

Shinedown is currently on tour in support of the band’s new album, Planet Zero, which dropped in July.

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