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|At most Sevendust concerts, fists and metal horns fly in the air alongside frequent formations of mosh pits; however,
last night at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, concert attendees were relaxed as Sevendust performed acoustic versions
of their songs on the band's "An Evening With Sevendust" Tour. The tour marks the band's first acoustic outing since
2004's Southside Acoustic Double and features reworked songs chosen by fans as well as new songs from
Sevendust's latest album Time Travelers & Bonfires, which debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200.
On stage with a color changing microphone stand, vocalist Lajon Witherspoon admitted that transfering some of the
classic Sevendust songs into acoustic tracks was a challenge, but each reworked song performance brought an
acoustic force equivalent to the electric versions, including "Skeleton Song," "Denial," "Black," "Gone" and "Crucified."
The closing of nearly each song jolted into a loud borderline non-acoustic tease creating an adrenaline rush fueled
by the powerhouse drumming of Morgan Rose. Dimly lit white candles scattered along the stage's background and
Witherspoon's brief talks prior to certain songs--including his mention of "Angel's Son" tribute to belated Snot vocalist
Lynn Strait--gives the tour an intimate storyteller touch to balance the not-so-acoustic moments.
A dark melancholy twist was given to some of the live song arrangements with the addition of touring keyboardist
Kurt Wubbenhorst who performed a brief Reznor-like solo after his introduction. Witherspoon's soulful raging vocals
were spot on and vocalist, guitarist Clint Lowery also stood out with his smooth higher range vocals, notably during
"Got A Feeling." Sitting still on a stool proved difficult for Witherspoon before and after the 25-minute set break as
he frequently worked the stage raising his arms and leaning into the crowd... after all, how could anyone stay seated
during a performance of "Assdrop"?
Sevendust has been on the road supporting their fan funded album Time Travelers & Bonfires since April and the
"An Evening With Sevendust" Tour concludes after three more stops. Sevendust isn't taking much time off before
starting another touring stretch late July which includes some dates with Gemini Syndrome. See Summer Dates.
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Sevendust rock Columbus acoustic style
Sevendust lead vocalist Lajon Witherspoon at The LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
Sevendust vocalist, guitarist Clint Lowery.