Amplifier Capitol, 30 April 2019
It was the year 2000. My best friend David Patrick Carpenter Connell (RIP) told me about this band called Sevendust. I was able to get a hold of their music and I was a big fan for a few months. But then I got into other music. I forgot about Sevendust. Until I saw them tonight.
I headed down to Capitol tonight to see an amazing evening of what we call performance. Sydney Rock Band Redhook opened proceedings and boy did they warm us up well. Top to bottom this band was on point, with front woman Emmy Mack showing that she’s a charismatic enigma without a doubt. A fitting beginning to the evening, and the best was yet to come.
Sevendust hit the stage the only way they could, with suspense. An electrically charged intro song took the scene before they made their presence known, and soon the band kicked into sheer intensity with their first song of the night, Dirty.
One thing I will say is this – I am the frontman of a band myself, and usually I stand there and watch the frontman, studying him. Tonight with Sevendust though, I could not help but send my focus straight to their Drummer Morgan Rose. This man was a machine from go to whoa, you could not focus on the show without being in awe at the raw power and passion he was producing. Without a doubt, this man is one of the greatest drummers in the world and I am not exaggerating. You may think because I’m reviewing the show I may be just saying this – no I firmly believe that this man is one of the all time greats. I don’t say that often.
They blasted through their set with frontman Lajon Witherspoon commanding the crowd in every instance. This is a man with charisma, power, and longevity. A consummate professional. He not only knows how to talk to a crowd, but he has mastered the art of holding them all in the palm of his hand.
All I can say is this band is the epitome of intensity. ‘Waffle’ was an absolute powerhouse number of the night, the crowd came unglued throughout the duration of the track. ‘Enemy’ followed that with similar results. These people packed the house at Capitol for a reason, to see a band over 20 years into their duration continue to kill it the way they always have.
I not only walked away from this show completely impressed – but I left feeling nothing but regret. Regret that I only listened to this band that my friend suggested to me for a few months when I was 13 years old. I regret missing out on 20 years of fandom that I could have had. Sevendust – there is a reason the house was packed tonight. They were phenomenal and I can’t compliment them enough. David - you were right.
A great evening with a 2 song encore, the fans were left begging for more – the only way a band should truly ply their craft.
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