20th Anniversary Show
At the Masquerade
By: Gary Flinn
Last Friday night, Sevendust celebrated the 20th anniversary of its self-titled debut album by performing it in its entirety at a special hometown show in Heaven at the Masquerade in Atlanta. This fact was not lost on the bands fans, the show quickly sold out after being announced.
As show time approached, the confines of Kenny’s Alley, which is the area of Underground Atlanta where the Masquerade is now located after having spent decades at its original 795 North Avenue home, quickly filled. The line wrapped around the inside of the complex and the buzz was very evident. When the doors opened, the space known as Heaven became a mass of eager fans, waiting for the hometown boys, Sevendust. The usual “arrive a little later” after the opening acts seemed to be the exception on this night. From the very start, the entire venue was packed. The openers, American Prophet, got the night rolling with a very impressive first set. My long-time friends, Bridge to Grace followed and did not disappoint. I have long said that the music from the boys from BTG reminds me of Sevendust. From the crowd’s reaction to the bands high energy and killer stage presence, this fact did not seem to be lost on anyone else in the room. Lansdowne hit the stage next and drove home a strong set that set the room and the stage for the band everyone had come to see.
The lights dropped and the moment everyone was waiting for had arrived. Sevendust made their way onto the stage. The crowd went nuts. There is no other way to describe it. From my spot in the photo pit, the energy in Heaven from the first notes of “Black”, throughout the 15 song set was nothing short of incredible. As Sevendust began “Bitch”, the crowd took over and sang the entire first verse. From the reaction of the guys on stage, they seemed duly impressed and returned the crowd’s energy and appreciation ten-fold. As I finished my three song photoshoot, I made my way out of the pit and into the throngs of adoring fans. There was barely, and I mean just barely, standing room from front to back and side to side inside the Masquerade. Those fortunate enough to be in this crowd were rewarded by, in my opinion, the best Sevendust set I have seen/heard to date. The night seemed to be a swirling ball of energy that passed back and forth from the crowd to the band on stage. The more the crowd reacted, the more the band gave them and vice versa. From my vantage point, it was very evident this was a very special night indeed. I am truly grateful to Sevendust for allowing me the opportunity to have been a part of it.
Sevendust’s 20th Anniversary Show Set List: 1. Black 2. Bitch 3. Terminator 4. Too Close to Hate 5. Wired 6. Prayer 7. Face 8. Speak 9. Will it Bleed 10. My Ruin 11. Born to Die 12. Pieces 13. Denial 14. Praise 15. Face to Face
Sevendust’s 20th Anniversary Show Set List:
4. Too Close to Hate
9. Will it Bleed
10. My Ruin
11. Born to Die
15. Face to Face