As Always, Southern Sevendust Charms Ace of Spades
Ahead of their Animosity album’s 21st anniversary tour stop, I noticed a lot of pre-show excitement on social media, and not just because we all anxiously await Sevendust’s return to Sacramento to hear them perform their music. The chatter was that of years past—decades of stories of fans and other artists meeting members of Sevendust.
All of the stories sounded similarly themed. Whether chance encounters, purchased meet and greets, barbeques, tour bus hangouts, or seeing them in the festival crowds after larger shows like their Cal Expo stop in the last half of the 90’s, every single tale was one of Sevendust’s grace, kindness, and gratitude. Never have I met a band so consistently kind, patient, and warm toward their fans, even for holiday shows away from their loved ones. With every one person’s story, at least a few more agreed to having had similar experiences. I know I’ve never had a negative encounter in decades of following the band. Still, I wondered what it would be like to experience one of my favorite bands performing live again after two years of being away from live music.
Fortunately for all of us, Sevendust brought their special blend of melodic hard rock and Southern charm to Sacramento again, and this time, they brought supporting artists Tetrarch and Dead Poet Society along for the ride. The supporting artists did a great job of entertaining the swelling, sold-out crowd. Ace was packed, and everyone was so eager for the headliner to start.
The beginning of Sevendust’s set was amazing, and I was up front to photograph during “T.O.A.B,” “Praise,” and “Trust.” The aura felt as though no time had passed, and they had the same energy as every other time I’ve seen them before (which is a lot of times over a lot of years). In addition to incredible talent, all five members exhibited the same presence that brings fans back year after year. Founding member and bassist Vince Hornsby spent most of the first three songs handing out picks to fans and smiling, and when he could not reach, he asked others to pass the picks along. Lajon spent his time not only singing, but also waving, blowing kisses, and finding ways to show kindness to every fan in his sight. Sevendust brings a powerful performance surrounded by warmth.
The energy was so high throughout Animosity and they balanced their hard-hitting sound with strong emotion-evoking songs like “Xmas Day,” one of my favorites that was performed beautifully (with dual vocals), and the tribute song “Angel’s Son.” Sevendust powered through the entire album, and Animosity never sounded better. The band treated fans to additional songs after the anniversary performance, including Sevendust’s “Bitch,” which always brings me back to thoughts of my youth discovering the band’s first album. Everyone left this show happy, and I left energized. I could not have picked a better week to return to live music and couldn’t have hoped for a better band to review. I’ll keep coming back to every show not just for their music, but for their welcoming energy that creates an intimate fan experience for all who attend. Do not miss your chance to see them live, as Sevendust never disappoints!
Lajon Witherspoon, Lead Vocals
Morgan Rose, Drums
Clint Lowery, Lead Guitar
Vince Hornsby, Bass; and
John Connolly, Guitar
3/12/2022 Sevendust’s Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades Setlist:
- Xmas Day
- Dead Set
- Live Again
- Angel’s Son
- Blood From A Stone
- Face to Face
Pictures & Words via Jennifer Black @ Black J Photo