Artist: Sevendust with support from RedHook
When: April 25th 2019
Where: The Tivoli, Brisbane
Reviewers: Hear2Zen Team
Photographer: Hang Me On Your Wall Photography
Sevendust are back in Australia in support of their latest album in support of their 12th studio album “All I See Is War”. While the visit is brief the bands relationship with their fans is not, and the kick off show in Brisbane showed why they have such a loyal fanbase here.
Kicking off the night we’re RedHook from Sydney. The 4 piece lead by dynamo vocalist Emmy Mack are the perfect warm up. Energy levels on 11 and great playing and stage presence make them one to watch. The entire bands dynamics flow effortlessly between heavy riffs and growling vocals to soft and clean break downs and bridges. Well done guys!
The break between let the remainder of the crowd file in, once again a shame the crowds these days aren’t getting to support the warm up bands, but what can you do. A Sevendust banner loomed eerily in the background and before you knew it the band come straight out of the gate with the first track and single from the latest album “Dirty”. Lajon Witherspoon connected with as many people (and photographers) as he could, and you could see the happiness and love for the fans beaming from him.
The band left no part of their career out, and safe to say bombarding Brisbane with older songs like “Denial” and “Waffle” , the fans from the beginning were more than happy. Looking up to the upper balconies of the Tivoli, the punters were going just as hard as those on the floor.
Clint Lowery and John Connolly are just as formidable as the famous guitar duos from bands that probably influenced them greatly and they really flow in and out of each others playing with ease. Lets not forget Vince Hornsby on Bass. Not only holding down that low end like a monster, he covered every inch of the stage many times over and just looked to be having the time of his life.
Songs like “Reconnect” and “Pieces” show the power and groove of the band and its not hard to be mesmerised by Morgan Rose behind the kit. Not only a powerhouse behind the kit, but also providing backing vocals on almost every song.
“Angel’s Son” was a highlight , such an emotionally charged song for their late friend Lynn Straight, but also it would be hard for it not to hit home for anyone who is missing a loved one who has left them. “Shine” from 2001’s Animosity album, is another one full of emotion which would be hard not to be fired up by.
Before leaving the stage Witherspoon made sure to connect with all the crowd, making them all feel a part of the show. He really is a brilliant front man and ambassador for metal. Brisbane got to see a band at the top of their game but I’m sure they don’t have any plans of resting on their laurels now.