I’ve never been to a bad Sevendust show. In fact every time I’ve seen Sevendust they’ve blown the other bands on the bill off the stage. Sevendust is a band that you do NOT want to play before or after. The band seems to keep rejuvenating itself with each new release. Most recently they released their acoustic album “Time Travelers and Bonfires” which was made possible because of fan funding and it’s a fantastic album. They’ve taken that show on the road, I got to see it and boy was it special.
There was no opening act; it was just Sevendust plus a keyboard player (who stole the show at one point). While guitarists Clint Lowery and John Connolly were only playing acoustic guitars this was still very much a heavy show…in more ways than one. Musically they were heavy. They were heavier with acoustic guitars than half the heavy bands out there today are with electric guitars, but then there are songs like “Angel’s Son” and “The Wait” that just give everyone in the room chills whenever they are played.
“The Wait” is a new song off the album and John Connolly wrote it about the recent passing of his father. The crowd reaction to that song was chilling. How many veteran bands can play new music that the audience actually wants to hear? Not only did the audience want to hear it, that song was one of the highlights of the night for me and got one of the loudest reactions of the night as well.
I can’t remember the keyboardists name for the life of me, but when he was introduced he went into Van Halen’s jump that sounded so perfect you’d have guessed it was a recording. Morgan jumped in and Clint did a brief David Lee Roth impression that was both hilarious…but kind of good. Then they jumped into Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” where again Clint did his best Steve Perry…but the crowd did most of the singing.
Probably the most magical moment of the night was the performance of “Angel’s Son.” In my opinion that’s the best song in the last twenty years. It’s such an original sounding song and there’s something about it that’s magical, I don’t know if it’s the tuning or what. But this night Clint and Lajon (Witherspoon) would start each line of the song, but the crowd wouldn’t let them sing. If that doesn’t give you goose bumps then there’s something wrong with you.
The band finished off the night with a mixture of Stevie Nick’s “Edge of Seventeen” and “Black.” Once again the band added a little humor during “Edge of Seventeen” with Clint screaming the lyrics death metal style while LJ kept telling the crowd he was a child of the seventies and liked hair down there…it was funny on stage, it doesn’t read quite so well. All in all it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. I almost didn’t go, but I’m so happy I got to see Sevendust stripped down.
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