Sevendust rocked The Machine Shop with a hard-hitting set along with support from Crobot and Wilson.
14-Sep-2016: Opening the evening was Wilson from Detroit. Founded in 2010, they are an aggressive, hard-working band, yet still keep it fun and lively with a party attitude. Wilson had the audience cheering and shouting as they ripped through a short, but high-energy set that included their singles, “Right to Rise” and “Give ‘Em Hell,” as well as other songs like “Windows Down” and “College Gangbang” from their two releases. Wilson has built a loyal following, not only in North America but also in Europe where they toured earlier this year.
Wilson consists of Chad Nicefield (vocals), Jason Spencer (guitar), Kyle Landry (guitar), James Lascu (bass), and Matt Puhy (drums).
Crobot from Pottsville, Pennsylvania were up next and wasted no time getting the crowd rocking. They opened with “Plague of the Mammoths” from their upcoming album, Welcome to Fat City (due out on September 23). Five other songs from that album made their setlist including the title track, as well as “Not For Sale,” “Play It Cool,” “Easy Money,” and “Hold on for Dear Life.” The rest of their set came from their first release, Something Supernatural.
Lead singer Brandon loves to engage the audience and is like the Energizer Bunny who just keeps going and going. He was all over the stage, whipping his hair around, and playing with the mic stand. Crobot is a great band, and worth catching live. You won’t be disappointed.
Crobot is Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals, harmonica), Bishop (guitar, vocals), Jake Figueroa (bass), and Paul Figueroa (drums).
The crowd grew anxious for Sevendust. This concert was a return visit for them, having just played at The Machine Shop in Flint the previous May. This show was sold-out show (one of many), and fans were pumped waiting for the band to begin.
Sevendust from Atlanta formed in 1994 and built a solid fan base through what seems like endless touring. They launched into “Pieces” from their Next album and followed with a few older songs including “Face to Face,” “Hero” and “Ugly.”
One of the highlights of the evening was “Praise” from Animosity. This hard-hitting song had the crowd bouncing and fist pumping.
After that great opening, it was time for a breather as they slowed things down with an acoustic version of a fan favorite, “Denial.” Another slower song, “Angel’s Son,” allowed the crowd to catch their breath before “Not Today” from their current album, Kill the Flaw, started some crowd surfing.
Lead singer Lajon Witherspoon and bassist Vince Hornsby were front and center most of the show and played off each other quite a bit. Lajon is one of the best frontmen in the hard rock industry. He knows how to engage the crowd between and during songs, giving his best night after night. The crowd was loving it.
Morgan Rose is an absolute joy to watch on the drums. He punishes the skins with his powerful, yet precise drumming, while also throwing in delayed crashes of the cymbals. His braided hair flying about makes it even more entertaining. He is a complete animal behind the set and lays down the foundation that drives many of the songs.
A few older classics, “Waffle” and “Shine,” had the crowd once again bouncing and singing along. One of their biggest hits, “Decay” from Black Out the Sun drew an energetic reaction from the crowd.
They closed their set with “Thank You” from their latest release, an appropriate title for this appreciative audience.
It was a remarkable performance and Sevendust made great use of the tight stage. They incorporated a lot of deep green, red, and purple lighting, along with smoke making for some cool visuals. Sevendust always puts on a great show, and they get treated well by the fans in Michigan. Tonight was no exception.
The complete setlist for Sevendust was “Pieces,” “Face to Face,” “Hero,” “Ugly,” “Praise,” “Denial,” “Disease,” “Angel’s Son,” “Not Today,” “Home,” “Waffle,” “Shine” “Decay,” and “Thank You.”
Sevendust is Lajon Witherspoon (lead vocals), Clint Lowery (lead guitar, vocals), John Connolly (rhythm guitar, vocals), Morgan Rose (drums, vocals), and Vince Hornsby (bass).
Sevendust is touring the US through October.
The Machine Shop never fails to deliver a great show. They have become world-famous and are a sought out destination for many bands including much high-profile, national touring acts like Pop Evil, Tremonti, Buckcherry, Hellyeah, and Sevendust. It is not uncommon to find bands sporting Machine Shop shirts while on tour. Kudos to Kevin Zink and team for hosting another great night of music.