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Sevendust has been touring the country for a while now and their last stop was in little old Perth at the infamous Capitol nightclub & music venue. They were joined by RedHook, a female fronted band from Sydney who most certainly got the crowd nicely warmed up for the main act. With so much energy in the room, you didn’t feel the cold air that was seeping in from the open exit door at the rear of the venue.
RedHook kicked off the night with a bang, pleasantly surprising those of us who hadn’t seen or heard of them before as they mixed rough female & male vocals, heavy riffs and State Champs-like pop punk vibes intertwined to create their own unique sound. Every member of RedHook seemed to be hyper on stage, never ceasing to move during songs. I found it hard to keep my eyes off of the stage and in particular their frontwoman, Emmy Mack, who seemed to jump from one side of the stage to another whilst laying down some extremely impressive vocals.
There was a long break, creating a super suspenseful atmosphere after RedHook closed their set, then finally Sevendust’s super-charged introduction played and the band stepped out on stage! The large crowd all shouting and clapping as each member appeared from the shadows and began their first song, Dirty.
Sevendust played through all their classics, but with a career of nearly 30 years strong, it’s not a surprise that some of their songs were left off the setlist. Fan favourites like Denial, Praise, Enemy & Black were played of course as well as many songs off of their 2018 album titled All I See Is War. Drummer, Morgan Rose, was an unstoppable force throughout the night, powering through every song with ease. Waffle sent the crowd into a frenzy with frontman, Lajon Witherspoon, commanding the circle pits throughout the show, he certainly knew how to keep the audience in the palm of his hand. Bass player, Vinnie Hornsby and guitarists, Clint Lowry & John Connolly made sure there was always movement on stage, jumping around and getting the audience hyped up throughout songs. It was a spectacle to watch the band worked together like they were all one organism on stage, all playing their parts to make it the best show they’ve ever played!
Their heavy riffs, incredible drum solo’s and the mixture of clean and rough vocals made Sevendust’s performance was truly something to behold. It’s not a surprise that their fanbase spans across the world, these guys are true rock stars! The way Sevendust kept interacting with the crowd was certainly one of the highlights of the night, it made the gig feel more intimate, even when standing at the very back of the packed out crowd! When the main set finished, the audience was begging for more, chanting “Seven-dust! Seven-dust!…”.
So to close the tour, the band played a two-song encore and ended the night on Face To Face. I don’t think a single fan went home disappointed that night, but if so, it would only be because it didn’t last any longer!
It was such a great experience seeing such incredible acts like RedHook and Sevendust live and to see everyone in the room having such a fantastic time throughout the night just made it that extra bit special! If either of these bands is playing a show near you, you’d be silly to miss them!
Review Contributed by Nicola Arnold
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Queens of the Stone Age ended their Australian/NZ tour in Perth last night at the RAC Arena. The band had played eight shows prior, starting off at Auckland’s Spark Arena. QOTSA fans were expecting big things tonight and the suspense in the room was thickening by the minute as everyone eagerly awaited the show to start.
The Chats kicked off the show around 7:20 pm, jumping on stage with their classic, Aussie-‘bogan’ charm, strutting their street clothes and mullets whilst killing it on their guitars and drums. The bands’ lyrics are based off rather unconventional topics, such as their song Pub Feed which their lead singer simply introduced as “our next song is Pub Feed, it’s about havin’ a really good feed at the pub” or The Clap which he asked the audience “who here has Chlamydia? That’s what our next song is about, gettin’ the CLAP“.
As unconventional as the subject of their songs were, everyone in the audience were jamming out to their tunes.
Next up and last of the supports for the night was C.W.Stoneking, opening the set with The Zombie. This old-school bluesy act made everyone in the arena feel as though they were transported to New Orleans and were dancing along to an incredible blues pub band. C.W.Stoneking had an incredible voice and skill in playing his guitar, Stoneking was backed by two female singers and a four-piece band including a drummer, trumpet/saxophone, trombone, and double bass players. The whole arena was dancing along once the band was in full swing and Stoneking’s character made everyone smile.
Finally, it was time for the main attraction, Queens of the Stone Age! The stage was set with multiple lines of vertical light poles in-between the members onstage and both hanging and fixed standing LED’s lit up and were perfectly timed to the music. Opening with Someone’s In The Wolf and If I Had A Tail, they brought all the energy they had left to the show, making sure to not disappoint their Perth fans, even coaxing those who were in the stalls to jump the wall and come and join the mosh….something security weren’t too happy about as you can imagine. Lead singer, Josh Homme saying “NO security, let them jump! Do not take them out of the pit, they can stay…And why is that? Because rules fucking suck”.
The band was jumping all over the stage and knocking the light poles over (on purpose), they had the whole crowd jumping, the pit was practically a living, breathing human sea creating waves as they all jumped to the beat of QOTSA hit songs like No One Knows and The Way You Used To Do! In the stalls the party continued, seats didn’t stop fans from having a good time, people jumped up and were dancing, getting whole sides of the arena up and moving.
Homme used his mic stand at one point in the set to strum his guitar during one of the interludes, of which there were many. The band used these to not only create suspense and transition into the next song but to also to show off their instrumental talent. Playing some very precise and tricky pieces which would send the crowd into a craze! The Evil Has Landed, Smooth Sailing and Villains of Circumstance all sensational additions to the setlist.
Go With The Flow was a clear fan favorite, the punters loving every minute not wanting it to end.
As the end of the night drew near, Queens of the Stone Age had almost completely destroyed everything on the stage. Knocking over the light poles and some of the LED rigs not to mention throwing their guitars on the floor after closing the show with Song for the Dead, letting the chords ring out into an almost white noise as they stood back and did one last bow.
Queens of the Stone Age put on a brilliant show, one that you would be sorry to miss. They had so much charisma and character on stage winning over everyone, old and new fans delighting in their faultless performance. Their production showcases their incredible skill and high standard of showmanship. They had everyone in the arena up on their feet dancing to their songs and turned the arena’s blue walls into multi-colored works of art, the atmosphere went from the boring cold arena into a hot rock club. Definitely, don’t miss seeing Queens of the Stone Age next time they come to your city!
Review Contributed by Nicola Arnold