Photos and Review by Bethany Anna Packer
A glorious evening of hard rock was served to Providence last weekend as Sevendust and Tremonti’s cross country trek stopped into the Strand Ballroom & Theatre. The tour kicked off earlier this month in support of Sevendust’s latest album All I See is War, which was released in May 2018.
The night opened with Oklahoma based Kirra who amped up the crowd with their true and raw rock and roll sound. Next up were Georgia rock group Lullwater, who’s grunge-alternative rock style primed fans for the night ahead. Following suit was metal group Cane Hill, who brought to the stage a heavier vibe than the prior acts.
As the night continued to progress and the Strand steadily filled with fans, it was time for Tremonti to rock. The group’s performance brought their new album A Dying Machine into the light. The Florida based metal act founded by Mark Tremonti performed a 9 song set list which featured tracks from the new album including “Throw Them to The Lions”, “The First The Last” and title track “A Dying Machine”.
By the time Sevendust took the stage, the Strand was packed and buzzing with excitement. Before they even set a foot on the stage it was obvious that they are absolute pros who know how to get an audience amped to their boiling point. The band’s front man Lajon Witherspoon was the focal point of the show. His larger than life character had the crowd completely captivated throughout the set.
Sevendust played a show that had it all from sing-along to headbanging and crowdsurfing to more mellow moments. The set list was heavy with the group’s biggest hits like “Enemy,” “Black,” “Thank You,” and “Angel’s Son,” surprisingly only performing one song from their newest album “Dirty.”
Overall, the group is the ultimate showcase of the collective talents of a band that has stood the test of time. The level of musicianship is unreal and even if you aren’t a Sevendust fan, there is no way you can see the group live and not appreciate them. They killed their performance as per usual and left their rabid fan base fully satisfied.