It being veterans day all the bands took time out to thank the service men and women for everything they have done. It was a little more personal for All That Remains: singer Phil Labonte's wife has served several tours of duty, and he made mention of that from the stage. Which leds to chants of "USA!USA!USA!" from the audience.
The opening bands all had fans in the crowd, but the energy changed when Sevendust took the stage. 7D have played Starland Ballroom more times than any other band. Ever. I have personally seen them play more times than I can count and these work horses never disappoint.
The stage was cramped, the drum riser for AA was on stage which forced Morgan's drums way to the front. Singer Lajon Witherspoon commented about the lack of space when they first took the stage, but they made the most of the room they were given. Over the years and albums 7D have built up a stage prescence that makes new fans every single time they play.
Their set felt too short, but it was packed with energy and songs that everyone sang along too. These guys have been playing together for years, so they are always tight and explosive. Towards the end of the set the crowd starting chanting "Sevendust has arrived!" over and over with Lajon.
I have photographed the band about 5 times or more now, and at some point Lajon started noticing my work. He and I have spoken a few times through IG mostly, but I finally got a chance to meet him before this show. I have been a fan of his for about 10 years now I guess. Hearing him tell me how much he liked my work as well was a pretty cool moment. He is just a genuine, nice dude.
Next up were technically the headliners, Asking Alexandria. I gotta say though, it felt more like it should have been 7D headlining. Not that AA didn't do a great job, they did, but it was obvious that they weren't the clear and away favorites for that NJ crowd. In fact, some of the audience actually left after 7D finished.
Those that stayed were treated to a fantastic set from these UK rockers.