It’s a rare treat for a national metal act to grace the banks of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, IA. Sevendust brought their show to the new Backwaters Stage outside the Q Casino on this last day of May, and I was lucky enough to land my first assignment with Front Row Perspective to photograph and review the festivities.
The opening bands got the pleasure of playing in the hot mid-day/early evening sun, but they still gave their all and put on a great show. I was very impressed with Madame Mayhem, Fire from the Gods, and Memphis May Fire. The latter was certainly the most polished of the acts, but the raw intensity of the first two showed the desire of up-and-comers. These bands were a great compliment to the headliners.
Finally, the sun had set, the lights were up, and it was time for Sevendust to rock this eager crowd. They hit the stage full bore, opening the show with “Dirty” off the new album “All I See is War”. The show was a mix of their hits, deep tracks, and new material. What really impressed me was the band’s praise for its opening acts, bringing the singers of Fire from the Gods and Madame Mayhem up separately to guest sing with Lajon. Also, it was cool to see LJ ensure a guy in a wheelchair at the front rail would be safe and enjoy the show by bringing him over the rail. And to top it all off, LJ encouraged the general admission crowd to come join the VIP’ers around halfway through the set. I’m not sure that was cleared with security, but as some point the barrier was breached and all got to enjoy the rest of the show from the same vantage point.
After a nearly hour long set and one encore, the show was over, and the weary crowd left exhausted and satisfied. Here’s to more great shows coming through this big stage in a small town!
Review and photos by Shannon Woulfe