It was Friday, March 24th of the year 2000 when I had my first taste of the band Sevendust. They were the opening band for Creed in a sold out show in Ames, Iowa. I was not prepared for the heavy metal I was about to witness. Sevendust came on stage and proceeded to rip into a head banging, heavy metal frenzy, and instantly got everyone’s attention. I remember thinking that Sevendust might have been a bit heavy for me, but I have followed their career from then on and have become a real fan.

I had the good fortune to have photographed Sevendust once before. It was last year during Rockfest, 98.9 The Rock’s music festival in Kansas City, MO and Sevendust showed up ready to whip it’s ass!

They performed an intense, no-holds-barred, 50-minute set filled with emotion, heart, and a lot of energy. I remember thinking to myself I actually felt sorry for the band Seether, who had to come out next and play on a stage that Sevendust had just dominated; I wouldn’t have wanted to follow that up.

This tour, Sevendust is changing up their show to promote their newly released acoustic album, Time Travelers and Bonfires. I knew I was going to be covering the Kansas City show so I purchased the album when it came out a few weeks ago so I could preview it before the concert.

Even before making my way through the entire album, I knew Sevendust had put out a pretty great album; I could not stop listening to Time Travelers and Bonfires. It is an absolutely fantastic album and by far one of the best I have purchased in a long time! Now, after listening to this album more than 20 times, I can definitely say Sevendust has totally exceeded my expectations. This album is a work of art!

With being so excited about the new acoustic release, I was thrilled to photograph their live show titled, An Evening with Sevendust. I’m always in awe of Lajon Witherspoon’s vocal range, raw power, and how he brings such an enormous stage presence. I always love a band with enough talent that there is no need for an elaborate stage setup and off the wall props. Rather, Sevendust focused on bringing a quality sound to an amazing show with little frills.

An Evening with Sevendust was a 17-song performance, split into two sets with a 20-minute intermission between the eleventh and twelfth song. As the band went to the intermission, the venue turned on the house lights. It appeared the show was over, and I would say a quarter of the people in attendance left. I assume those who left early probably weren’t very happy to learn Sevendust came back out and performed six more songs.

In summation, the new Sevendust release, Time Travelers and Bonfires, is a stellar album I can’t speak highly enough of. Their show, An Evening with Sevendust, was fantastic and proved they can step out of their comfort zone and do so with ease. With an exceptional new album and an amazing new tour, Sevendust has once again demonstrated, without a doubt, they have what it takes to deliver the goods.

 

Check out other recent articles on Sevendust:
Interview: Lajon Witherspoon from Sevendust
Concert Imagery: Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Sevendust, Emmure and For Today

 

The new acoustic CD, Time Travelers and Bonfires, available from Amazon:

Time Travelers and Bonfires

 

 

About The Author

From the first time Casey played one of his mom's old records on her pioneer turntable, he knew what he wanted to be, a rock star. Everything changed after seeing his first concert, Def Leopard back in the 80's. It is one thing to listen to a great song on the radio, but to see a great performer on stage performing that same song is what he loves. His life long passion for live music has intersected with a more recent passion of photography to once again change everything by introducing him to the world of concert photography. Getting a great shot of an amazing performance and seeing the reactions to a photograph can be exhilarating. Being a concert photographer can be chaotic, exciting, high energy, obstacle ridden, right in the mix place to be while trying to concentrate on getting great band interaction and emotion.

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