If you were in Cleveland, Ohio this past Friday night. You couldn’t help but notice that something big was happening, at the House of Blues. As the line was stretched around the building (the show was a sell out). the fans were waiting to see the multi gold and platinum selling rock band Seether. The band who is originally from South Africa was in town, supporting their fifth studio album “Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray”. Supporting the national act was Red Sun Rising from Akron, Ohio who ripped the roof off the place when they took the stage performing songs off the bands two album’s “Red Sun Rising” and “Making of Kings” (both released in 2010). They’re live performance shows continue to create buzz in the rock world as a show that should not be missed. The delighted their faithful fans, While charming a few new ones. The crowd was left smitten after their performance, many wanting their pictures taken with the band. This was no problem for Red Sun Rising they’re a band that no matter how successful the become in the industry, they will always have an everyone is “family” demeanor towards their fans.
Then it was time for Seether to rock the house and the crowd knew it. The noise level in the House of Blues grew very loud, as fans watched each member take their place on stage. Shaun Morgan (vocals and guitar) always to the left of the stage, Dale Stewart (bass and vocals) to the right and John Humprey (drums) safe and snug in his spot behind the drums. The band opened with some higher up tempo songs to that kept the energy high, playing songs like “Fur Cue” and “Gasoline” before breaking into songs from their new album. The album’s title “Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray” comes from a lyric in the song “Here and Now”, the fourth single released off the album. Shaun isn’t screaming as much this time around, due to the fact that the lyrics aren’t angry and the subject matter in which he’s singing about isn’t as heavy this time around.
When writing the new album Seether wanted to change things up a bit, and give fans a taste of the new them while still leaving a dose of the gritty vocals and other elements, that Seether fans have come to love of the past decade. Seether is band that can bring out every type of fan, whether young or old that is looking for a good rock show. Shaun’s voice Friday was definitely on point for the night, as he continued to sail through the setlist for the evening singing hit after hit off the bands current and past albums that included many of the crowds favorites. The noise level in the building would once again rise as Seether started to play their hit “Broken” Disclaimer album (2004). The song would later become a massive international hit for the band, once recorded with singer Amy Lee from the band Evanescence. It definitely was a night meant for good music and fun. The guys when playing “Country Song”, could be seen rockin’ out pretty hard while playing the toe tapping tune. The song in its self is a fun catchy ditty, with a foot stomping vibe. It had many in the crowd doing just that, as they held they’re glasses high and and swished their hips to the beat. Another fun song off the album is “Tonight”, that ironically almost didn’t make it onto the album. Shaun and bassist Dale had a little fun themselves while trading instruments. John also had a little fun stealing a few minutes of the spot light while an amazing drum solo. It had those in attendance once again cheering in approval. Seether kept the momentum going as the evening drew to an end, with the band closing their set with an extended version of “Remedy” and Shaun placing his guitar on its side at the front of the stage before walking off, leaving the audience chanting for the band to return to do an encore. But it wouldn’t happen, not this night. It was only later that fans waiting by the bands bus would learn that Shaun wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be out to greet the fans. Something that is usually the norm for the front man. However Shaun did sign a few items that was given to him by way of his body guard. Another testament of a true rockers dedication to his fans.
Seether has many dates on their current tour, make sure to visit the bands website and facebook page for a city near you.