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Palladium Ballroom (Dallas, TX)
– Words by Brandon Deaton / Photos by James Villa –

Sevendust and Me and the Devil Makes Three”

I have been a Sevendust fan for many years, but this was my first time to see them live. As they took the stage at Dallas’ Palladium Ballroom in support of their new album Black Out The Sun I was quite anxious to see the group perform.

Lights go up, Sevendust goes to work. Their set consisted of two songs from their new album, Decay which started out the set, and Till Death both were received by the crowd with an overwhelming response. Singer Lajon Witherspoon lightened up the heavy affair by taking our photographer’s camera and taking a few shots of the crowd, which also included self-portrait. The audience showed it’s appreciation, by getting louder and louder as the show continued.

As the set progressed I saw a well-oiled machine not missing a lick; band-mates interacting with one another as much as with the audience. Their impressive light show and chest shaking drops never dissuaded attention from the core of what has brought them success; great music.

Sevendust did not disappoint, giving a very powerful performance by working all sides of the stage. It’s not hard to see why Sevendust continues to draw fans new and old to their shows. Their crowd interaction, energy, and overall love for what they do, doesn’t only set them apart from most of today’s artist, it sets a standard to what can be accomplish from building a band from the ground up. A band that continues to play together after being together for over 18 years.

The only thing I missing was a longer set, but then again I’m a fan, so go figure.

James Villa Photography © 2013 On Tour Monthly LLC

James Villa Photography © 2013 On Tour Monthly LLC

James Villa Photography © 2013 On Tour Monthly LLC

Photo Credit: Lajon Witherspoon © 2013 On Tour Monthly LLC

James Villa Photography © 2013 On Tour Monthly LLC

James Villa Photography © 2013 On Tour Monthly LLC

Setlist

Decay
Praise
Denial
Till Death
Waffle
Strong Arm Broken
Rumble Fish
Bitch
Pieces
Got a Feeling
Black
Splinter
Encore
Face To Face
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