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Sevendust return to Seattle

Last night's Sevendust show was one for the ages. A band predominantly know for plugging in and crushing your head live, came to town to promote their new release. An acoustic CD, "Time Travelers & Bonfires", with a show titled "An Evening With Sevendust." A sit down acoustic version that attendees or the band will never forget. The buzz and energy inside the sold-out El Corazon (the smallest venue on this tour) was something no one will forget. Fans screaming the lyrics, chanting Sevendust over and over between songs, a somewhat civilized mosh pit (unfortunately some drunks didn't wanna play nice) but I don't wanna dwell on any negative but Sevendust did seize a moment during one of the drunk fights.



Guitarist Clint Lowery broke out with a line "Please No Fighting" with a little riff then the whole band kicked some music while Clint adlibbed more lyrics which totally defused the situation. Clint was on fire with his out-of-the-blue creativity this night. Bursting into another at-the-moment created song about dragons and fire, it was rather hilarious. Sevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon even laughed and questioned Clint on his little song creation.



The band were very emotional on this night. Tears streaming from Lajon with all the crowds love and the very personalization lyrically of some of their songs and the many ups and downs they've been through. Something you never see from a metal band but these guys have been through the ringer over the years and for them to still be around today is a blessing to them and we as fans. We will NOT let Sevendust die, they are too good for that.

With a 16-song setlist that included older classics like "Black", "Angel Son", "Denial" & newer tracks off the "Time Travelers & Bonfires" CD like "Come Down" & "Under it All" the show had 2 parts with a little 15min intermission between sets.

The show had that cozy feel with candles and some Christmas white lights but it was a little too dark for my taste no fault of the band. El Corazon is not known for good lighting which is unfortunate with some many great bands that come to play there. Even guitarist Clint Lowery mentioned it's so dark he can't find his guitars on his rack ha! So I hardly took any photos because of that issue, especially on Clint/Vinnie darker side of the stage. I think the most lit dude onstage this whole night was KISW's DJ personality Ben The Psycho Muppet introducing the band to the stage ha!

Definitely get out and see this intimate tour. Lots of dates left in the U.S. through June (view remaining dates) and beyond. Check out the new acoustic CD being streamed on Guitar World's Soundcloud page (listen here) or buy now here. "Time Travelers & Bonfires" is a collection of acoustic versions of older and brand new Sevendust songs!



Visit Sevendust online: http://www.sevendust.com & https://www.facebook.com/sevendustofficial

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Concerts this week BLS & Sevendust

Hopefully everyone made it out to either the Dream Theater or Volbeat shows last night in Seattle, unfortunately I took the night off recovering from 3 weeks gone on the Monsters of Rock, Moody Blues and the Cruise to the Edge cruises in the Bahamas/Mexico, but later this week I'll be back out and so should you! Tomorrow night at the Showbox Sodo the opening night of Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society Revolver Golden Gods Tour starts for the just released (4/8) new album 'Catacombs of the Black Vatican' on eOne Music.

Opening the show is Devil You Know (featuring ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones) and the one and only Butcher Babies! All-ages, show starts at 8pm click here to buy tickets!

Friday night Sevendust arrive to Seattle on their latest tour at El Corazon in support of their brand new CD "Time Travelers & Bonfires" releasing in stores today (4/15) on 7Bros. Records/ADA Label Services.

Sevendust re-recorded six classic tracks acoustically and cut another six new acoustic numbers for this release. This show will be an all-acoustic treat for fans! Don't miss it! 21 and over only, show starts at 9pm. Click here to buy your tickets now! Stream the new CD here from Guitar World on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/guitarworld/sets/sevendust-time-travelers-bonfires and buy here.

For all other KISW sponsored shows this week please visit: http://calendar.kisw.com

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NAMM Media Day & Metal Masters 5

January 22, 2014 - "Iron" Mike & Stephanie Savoia
Media Day at the 2014 NAMM Show!



We have the privilege of getting a preview to about 20 of the new music related creations being released in 2014. Along with these mini media booths, there is a stage where we get to see speakers and demonstrations of several of the inventions/new versions. This is our third year covering NAMM for my KISW blog and this was the best year for demonstrations.

The day started with a demonstration of The Dube. The Dube is the invention by former Mann U and Celtic footballer Dion Dublin. The Dube is similar to a Cajon drum box but does have a few more advantages. Cajons have 1 playing side where are The Dube has 4 playing sides along with the corners which act as the bass drum. The smallest Dube is a 9 inch cube and has a retail cost of $145. This is such a fun drum.



Next for us to see were a trio of cajons by Sela Cajons. The first cajon was the beginner level snare. The beginner was an assemble yourself version and will take about a half hour to assemble. The middle level cajon was fully assembled but still considered a more beginner level cajon. The third was also an assemble yourself, but this was the full Pro version. The snare can be turned on and off. This model has a much more pro looking and feeling finish than the entry level model.



GJ2 unveiled their first signature model - the MMM. This is the Mick Murphy Model. This is a SICK guitar. The cut of the body, the matte finish, the pick ups, just the whole thing in general is ridiculously awesome.

 

Dave Smith instruments demonstrated their Prophet 12 Module. It’s something very compact and can fit easily into small studio spaces as well as large.

 

Parliament Funkadelic’s Kim Manning demonstrated the new hand held air keyboard from Hohner, Inc. This keyboard comes in 32 or 37 keys and is completely air powered. With very little effort, you can blow into the mouthpiece and create some fun accordion type sounds.

 

Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM, along with former Yankee and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams spoke about NAMMs mission to bring music to youth not only in North America but to bring NAMM to Europe.

 

When Bernie finished up his speech, D’Angelico presented Bernie with his signature guitar. It’s a Yankee blue starburst pattern and there will not be many made. I don’t remember the exact number, but it was less than 200 and each will be signed by Bernie.

 

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus’ Executive Director Brian Rothschild brought the mission of the bus to us. I didn’t realize it spent so much time on the road actually getting the gear in the bus into the hands of kids around the country. With so many schools cutting back on or eliminating art and music programs, this tour bus is sometimes the first time a child can have a hands on experience with musical instruments or musical tools.

 

Along with the tour bus, the Los Angeles College of Music’s new songwriting chairperson Art Alexsakis, of Everclear. You heard that right. Art is now contributing to teaching students how to really write songs. This is a relative first in music colleges and I think it will go a long way influencing other music college offerings. As a special treat, Art also sang Everclear’s hit song ‘Santa Barbara’. {See video below}

 

IK Multimedia brought us the fun hands free midi program controllers called iRings. I got to play around with these and it was too much fun changing the number of tracks that were playing and special effects.

 

The last demonstration was by the band SHEL. They demonstrated new mandolins by Weber Fine Instruments. These 4 sisters (there were 2 at the demo) from Colorado are really pretty dang amazing. Even the Fender reps were asking them all sorts of questions after their demo.



Stephanie's favorite product of the day was The Dube. I think the drummer of the family may be getting one for his birthday or next Christmas. My favorite product had to go to Fender Guitars American Deluxe Plus. A new guitar that has a solderless system and a 'Personality Card' slot in the back of the guitar! Mind blowing capabilities to sounds like never before! Watch my sample video: 



Metal Masters 5 - House of Blues - Updating later but here's some pics!


 

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