Sevendust, my 3rd FAVORITE band, on tour to support their 7th album Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow. Excellent openers Nonpoint and Soulidium really made a well-rounded and insanely frenetic show!! 2 of my top five bands at once – ya gotta love it!!
Now my 7th time seeing Sevendust all on tours to support Seasons, I was getting ready for some new material. They still kill live though, I don’t care how many nights in a row I watch them. The opener was Skindred, now my third time seeing them as well. They are great live…very energetic, odd, and crazy. I went to this one alone because everyone else was “getting burned out on 7D”…heathens…had to leave them behind. Take note, the pic below features the replacement guitarist, Sonny Mayo, as it should for this concert. You didn’t think I would bother, huh? Wrong. I care.
So this was the 6th time seeing Sevendust – 4 as main band, once as opener, once at a festival…all from the hugely successful Seasons album and tour and all of them were awesome. They also released Southside Double Wide in 2004, an acoustic live album, but I don’t really count that toward the tour. I think this was when Joe and Candice started going to concerts with me during the years we were all friends. The opening band was Bobaflex and I they immediately won me over. They are are a trip to see live…very kooky, super energetic, and even purposely funny at times. Always very solid musically though.
Side trivia – this was the last performance by Clint Lowery with Sevendust for four years as he left 7D to play in his brother’s band, Dark New Day, being replaced by Sonny Mayo until 2008 when he returned.
Yes, this is the exact same Sevendust/Nonpoint/Skindred show I saw last night in St Pete (see previous post), now one night later in Orlando. Some slight differences this time: 1 – HOB is a WAY better venue than stank Jannus Landing, 2 – Nina went to the show with me, and 3 – I GOT A GUITAR PICK, BIRCHES!!! The entire show was again excellent and the icing on the cake was that Nina kept begging for me to give her the custom, one-of-a-kind 7D pick that I fought for – AS IF?! You must be outside of your mind.
I am here to bear witness that I got JasonR to a Sevendust concert once! This was show #3 from the 7D Seasons tour and this time they brought opening acts Skindred, promoting Babylon, and Nonpoint, supporting Recoil, both great bands that made for a awesome triple bill, what I still claim is the sweet spot for concert perfection. We didn’t make it in time to see Travesty Theory, the throw-away opener.
I remember the entire courtyard just being one big pit during Nonpoint and especially Sevedust. Jason and I got separated during 7D and all I remember is the walk back to the car after the show, a sloppy post-pit mess, and seeing this guy walking ahead of me in a saggy, soppy wife beater and khakis…it was Jason. In leftover work clothes minus his shirt. He claimed to have been in the fray and judging from his level of dishevelment, I had no reason to doubt him.
As I look at the pics below, I wonder why they didn’t name this leg of the tour something like “Attack of the Dreads” or “The Dreadnaut”. Guess they aren’t as clever as me.
Tomorrow I start my new job at GC. Today, I am going to Earthday Birthday! An all-day festival with multiple stages and tons of Alt Rock and Metal! Nina and RichardG came to town for the show and we were all there from start to finish…looong day. The lineup included Offspring, Puddle Of Mudd, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Smile Empty Soul, Damageplan, Hatebreed, Drowning Pool, Trapt, Lo-Pro, Tantric, Soil and Shinedown.
Sevendust still touring on the Seasons album and my second of many 7D concerts. They toured with Element Eighty and Ill Nino opening and I went with Johnny, Renee, and Nina. Sevndust rocked, Ill Nino and E80 both sucked, but beyond that I can’t recall any specifics. My mind has seen fit to block the memory of much of the horror that was ‘The GA Years’.