With an all acoustic set and tour inspired by fan’s love for their 2004 “Southside Double-Wide” acoustic album, Sevendust brought down their normal heavy distortion while still raising the crowd up at the Gothic Theatre on Tuesday.
Singer Lajon Witherspoon has always possessed a voice that soars in a way that few alternative metal singers can match, and it was on full display in this all acoustic set. This tour and latest album was crowd-funded, as the band held a contest to allow fans to pick their favorites to be included in the new acoustic album alongside their latest songs like “Black.” It’s a novel approach, and the band members and fans seemed appreciative of the result.
Most songs were rearranged to be performed acoustic, and while toned down, they resonated with power and energy few bands can match without being overwhelmingly amped up with distortion. Often bringing the crowd into fist pumping, jumping sing-alongs, the new arrangements played well in the unusually intimate setting. The band was obviously having fun, and in between their planned setlist broke into impromptu short covers of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Stevie Nick’s “Edge of Seventeen”. It was a rare glimpse into a group of musicians who have held long bonds together in their journey of making music together over the past 20-years.
Throughout the show, Witherspoon was clearly emotional and made the crowd feel like family. Perhaps it was the setting, the toned down set, or the crowd-funded nature of the tour. Whatever the reason, Sevendust has been playing for some of the same fans for decades, and Tuesday at the Gothic seemed like home.
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