Sunday, April 8, 2007 @ 2:59 PM
At the Marquee
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April is starting off nice and heavy. After a very quiet winter (at least since January) the shows are starting to pick up the pace here in the desert. Sevendust is playing tonight to a sold out crowd at the Marquee in Tempe. Sardines, anyone?
While trying to get the bimbos in will call to get their shit together (what else is new at the Marquee) I missed Invitro and Diecast. Got in sometime after Red started playing. Not really sure what to make of these guys. Nothing coming off the stage hit me as overly impressive, and quite frankly being pissed before walking in the club tends to give you a distracted frame of mind anyways.
Soon enough Sevendust took command of the stage. I think the only people not in front of the stage was the previously mentioned bimbos and the bartenders. The place was packed and swarming towards the stage. "Hero", "Pieces" and "Ugly" came roaring through the amps one right after another to the frenzied satisfaction of the crowd. Lajon Witherspoon was right on the money and whipped the crowd in to an even higher level of fervent headbanging.
Bassist Vinnie Hornsby and drummer Morgan Rose kept the beat thick, like any wall of sound should be. Guitarists Sonny Mayo and John Connolly kept the riffs searing through out the entire show, never once lending the impression of slowing down. "Denial", "Waffle", "Rumble Fish" and "Home" followed and the crowd ate up every minute of it.
The sound was awesome, the band played flawlessly, and the energy they put in to their new CD Alpha was delivered on stage as well when they launched in to "Deathstar" and "Clueless" (which are from the new CD). As I walked around the venue, checking things out and watching people, there wasn’t one body not moving along to whatever song the band was playing. And the band was having just as much fun. All the way in the back of the venue you could still feel the energy running through the rambunctious crowd.
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