By now, we all know that I am a rocker and in my past life I worked in the music business doing marketing for rock bands. I bleed rock n’ roll. Music is truly the soundtrack of our lives and I remember every concert I have been to, what song was playing in good times and bad. It has helped me through tough times and is always there for me when I need it.
So, when I had the opportunity to meet Lajon Witherspoon from Sevendust I hopped on a plane and took a flight to Los Angeles. I was fortunate to meet him and his lovely family for dinner at STK in West Hollywood. Thanks to my dear friend Matt Berman for introducing us. Matt directed the Wedding Pact with Haylie Duff, Model Citizen with Angie Everhart and many more great films. Berman is also very good friends with Lajon and his family and was directing a PSA on bullying with Ashley Witherspoon and their daughter Jada.
My history with Sevendust goes way back. I have seen the band grow and develop over the years from that first time to the rocking powerhouse they are today….and I remember it so clearly. Ozzfest at it’s best! Lajon has the ability to growl with the best of them AND can carry a tune that most lead singers can’t do today.
His passion and true emotion is infectious and undeniable while always maintaining Sevendust’s signature heavy sound and still showcasing Lajon’s melodic abilities.
Time Travelers and Bonfires was the last album from the band and showcased a different side of the band by stripping down to acoustic-based sound while still giving me the chance to bang my head and throw my Dio horns in the air. I once saw the tour at the soon to be closing House of Blues on the Sunset strip (sad face) and can easily say that the show is in my top 5 concerts of all time. They rock but Lajon stands out with his true emotion and ability to burn the vocals in your heart and your mind. He feels the music and the audience feels him. It was incredible.
Our dinner was lovely and I am so appreciative to have met him and his family. They are so down to earth and he is truly the nicest rockstar I have met to date. I wish I could go back and do it all over again. But, I have amazing news for all your rockers out there. If you haven’t heard, Sevendust is joining my other favorite band Godsmack for a tour!
Plus, they are picking up some other dates with Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin along the way! This is the best news I have heard in a very long time. Trust me, I will be at the shows rocking out, singing with Lajon and feeling his energy.
In addition to the tour with Godsmack, Sevendust just released their first single of the new album. It is appropriately called “Thank you” and I want to thank Lajon and his family for taking the time to get up close and personal with me. Go buy it, bang your head to it, pre-order the album and thank me later. It is on Itunes and Spotify now.
Rock it out!
The new album is set to drop on October 2nd but you can pre-order that now too. It is called “Kill the Flaw” and I know it is going to be playing on repeat on my Itunes every single day.
BTW, they have already released the East Coast dates of the tour with Godsmack but I am on the West Coast and am eagerly waiting for those dates to be revealed. Waiting…waiting and waiting….. The Wait (GREAT SONG).
**Stay snarky my friends!**
Wow. I would have liked to be a fly on the wall. Love Sevendust.
Yes! Was an awesome dinner! Go get the album and hope you can make a show! ROCK ON!
Sevendust rocks. How cool is that.
Very cool! Go pre-order the album! Thanks for the comment. Don’t forget the tix too!
I have been a fan forever and love Lajon. I will be there when they come to the West Coast. My favorite song is Denial. Could listen to it all day.
Great tune! Love that song!
Very cool – Great write up! YOU ROCK Melany!! <3
Thanks Claire!! You rock! I am sure Lajon would love your rockin designs!
I am so excited for you. It is so nice to see that you had such a wonderful time. They sound so nice. One of your all time favorite bands. You were so impressed with Lajon and his family and had so many nice things to say about them.
Wishing them much good luck on their new album and tour. I am sure you will see them more than once,knowing you.
Thank you! Thanks for all the support! Yes, Sevendust is on of my FAVS! They rocked and so do you!
I wish I could do this for my son. I took him to Metallica and Sevendust when he was 16…he is now 31 and has been a fan ever since. At least I can get him the new CD!
YES! You can! That is awesome! Huge Metallica fan as well over here! You rock. Hope to see you at a tour one day!
Awesome read Mel-B !! We’ll be glad to tag along anytime! Shared on Continuum Vegas FB and we’ll definitely tweet!
Thanks girl! Happy you liked it but I knew you would because you have great taste in music obvi!
Don’t WE both know it!!
Great post!!! I love the photos you included. They help the reader connect on a personal and emotional level. While I’m not familiar with Sevendust I have heard of Godsmack. Someone once said the record business is bad but the music business is booming. I think you eloquently captured the sentiment here. Good music will always endure and knows no boundaries. 🙂
Sevendust! Love their music and like your style. Good write up.
Woohoo! Me too. Thanks for the comment.
Great article Melany. I have been a Sevendust fan since the beginning. I too, am on the west coast. Here in Phoenix. I am eagerly awaiting this tour to come through! Will be my 10th Sevendust show. Thanks again. 7D for life!!
YAY! Thank you so much for the comment! You are in Phoenix too? We are neighbors! Maybe we will have to meet before or after the show! ROCK ON!!! Thanks for the comment.