In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the release of their breakthrough album Animosity, Sevendust stormed the House of Blues in Anaheim on Tuesday March 15th. Originally scheduled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album last summer, the tour was postponed due to the pandemic. Back in 2001, Animosity catapulted the band into heavy mainstream nü metal radio rotation with commercial success behind such hits as “Angel’s Son” and “Praise”.

Their 13-song main set spanned the entire album with “T.O.A.B.” and “Praise” kicking off the night. Lead singer Lajon Witherspoon took ample time in between songs to address the crowd, which was made up largely of middle-aged fans. He shared thoughts on how music has the incredible ability to unite everyone and act as a healer during these challenging times.

With a backdrop of the Animosity album art, occasional smoke bursts and bright backlights helped intensify powerful vocals by Witherspoon. In somewhat of a rarity these days, Sevendust’s original lineup is still intact with heavy riffs laid down by guitarists Clint Lowery and John Connolly, bassist Vince Hornsby and drummer Morgan Rose.

Late in the show Witherspoon took time to recognize a young fan in a wheelchair near the barricade who at times was held high above the crowd by fellow pit goers. Witherspoon awarded the fan with special guitar picks, making the moment very special for everyone in attendance. Sevendust closed the main set with “Angel’s Son”, a modified ballad that Witherspoon dedicated to anyone who was lost someone to COVID, a sea of smart phones were held high to record the powerful moment.

Coming back onstage to a roaring crowd for their 3 song encore, Witherspoon joked that “this ain’t no concert, it’s a family reunion” just before introducing his teenage daughter, Jada and young son, Kingston…bringing them onstage briefly before finishing up the evening with a trio of non-Animosity hits that included “Bitch”, “Blood From A Stone” and “Face To Face”.

Opening support was skillfully handled by Dead Poet Society and an emerging act to watch for Tetrarch. Formed originally in Atlanta, the band packed a serious punch and quickly had the early arriving fans on their side. Already in heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s Octane channel, the four-piece band’s lead singer Josh Fore brings a level of energy that is highly contagious. Their set was wildly energetic, looking forward to watching this band make the next steps to becoming a true player in the metal world.

The evening was truly electric, Sevendust successfully transported the crowd back to a time to the early 2000s when nü metal ruled the world. The first leg of the anniversary tour continues in the midwest before finishing up in Nashville on March 27th.  Leg 2 kicks off April 29th and runs for another month, largely on the east coast before finishing up in Birmingham, AL on May 19th.

Sevendust Set List:

T.O.A.B. | Praise | Trust | Xmas Day | Dead Set | Follow | Shine | Damaged | Live Again | Beautiful | Redefine | Angel’s Son | Crucified

Encore: Bitch | Blood From a Stone | Face to Face

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