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Sevendust Concert Review – 10/31/10 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA

3 November 2010 6 Comments

by: Darius

Happy Halloween indeed! On October 31st, I was in attendance for the Sevendust show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Sevendust is currently on tour with 10 Years, Since October, and Anew Revolution on the HardDrive tour and I was obviously very pleased that a show was booked nearby. I have never been to the House of Blues in Anaheim before, and I almost never made it considering it was nearly impossible to find the dam*ed place.

You can’t see it from the road at all, and after driving up and down Disneyland Drive a few times, I had a security guard explain to me that the venue isn’t accessible from the main road at all. It’s in what they call “Downtown Disney”, which is actually a huge outdoor shopping center/money pit. For a first time patron, it’s a totally weird experience. I had to walk past droves of kids and the smell of churros to get to a Sevendust show. Whatever, I guess that’s Anaheim for you.

As a result of my tardiness, I completely missed 10 Years, which is a shame because I was looking forward to seeing them. I have seen them before and was never impressed but their new record, Feeding The Wolves, is excellent and has reinvigorated my interest in seeing them live again. Yes, I am endorsing the new 10 Years record; it’s the very best the band has ever done.

Anyway, the venue is awesome and I like it better than the West Hollywood House of Blues; it’s smaller and has a really cool bar upstairs with balconies overlooking… err… Downtown Disney. Oh well, whatever, it’s a good place to see a show. The crowd at this show was naturally in festive spirits since it was Halloween and all, and many people were dressed for the occasion. I walked downstairs and got a prime spot, as the crew, dressed as Robin, Spiderman, and Captain America, was assembling Sevendust’s stage.

Once the band hit the stage to the opening sounds of Cold Day Memory’s opener “Splinter,” I knew it was going to be another memorable evening. All five guys in Sevendust were dressed as Elvis. It was hysterical. All of them, save for lead singer Lajon Witherspoon, were wearing wigs of various heights, colors, and shapes. Absolutely hysterical. Lajon actually said this was the first time that the guys have dressed up for Halloween since 1998. They were in great spirits as so many people in the audience were dressed up as well.

Sevendust was amazing, as always, and they delivered a fantastic set that highlighted the band’s long and distinguished catalog. I was more than pleased with the selections that I heard. Without a doubt, the most pleasant surprise for me, was seeing the crowd reaction to the Cold Day Memory tracks. The largest mosh pits of the evening were during “Strong Arm Broken” (Clint kills the backing vocals on this one) and “Forever Dead”.

Before closing the show with “Face to Face”, the members of 10 Years surprised them on stage, dressed as Sevendust. It was a pretty cool moment and the band was really surprised. It’s always cool seeing camaraderie between the bands on tour.

If you have ever been to this site, it’s no secret that we love this band. There’s a reason for that: they’re one of the absolute best in the business. In my honest opinion, they are the best live band in all of hard rock and metal. Nobody goes out and delivers a show like Sevendust night after night. Anaheim was no different.

*** Special Thank You to the City of Anaheim and Orange County: Thank you. Thank you for the genuine breath of fresh air that you were as a crowd. I underestimated you. Y’all showed up on a Sunday night and destroyed 90% of the crowds I am ever apart of in Los Angeles. Props to the 3 chicks who decided to show their appreciation by flashing the band; you never see that in club shows out here. Special props to the guy in the mosh pit dressed from head-to-toe as Radioactive Man. Unbelievably hilarious. Anaheim, California, thank you. It’s been too long since I’ve felt that kind of energy in an audience.

Sevendust completes the HardDrive Live US tour on November 10th in Orlando, Florida.

***Sevendust: Setlist – Anaheim, CA 10/31/2010***
Splinter
Denial
Enemy
Strong Arm Broken
Waffle
Suffocate
Forever Dead
Black
Driven
Unraveling
Pieces
Praise
Face To Face

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6 Comments »

  • dropbows said:

    yeah, but those Churros sure come in handy after the show if you know what I’m sayin?!?!?!

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  • budbundy said:

    The almighty 7D! What happened to my first comment?

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  • Stehman said:

    I’m going to check them out next time they come around. I’m sold. It will be my first time seeing Sevendust.

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    Dude, how many times have you seen this band?

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  • xp said:

    They talk about them weekly. We know they see their nuts daily.

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  • Chinewalker said:

    This band is the greatest. Michigan LOVES SEVENDUST. The Machine Shop misses you guys. Would love to see 7D and Nonpoint together again.

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