Star Scene: Lajon Witherspoon

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Lajon Witherspoon‘s scene is one of family. The vocalist of metal giants Sevendust explains:  “I like being home and enjoying my family time and doing things like this because a lot of times im on the road so doing things like this – cooking dinner for my family, like tonight I’m making a meatloaf, tomorrow I will be seeing Star Wars with my 7 year old daughter. I’m just a normal guy. I also collect a lot of antiques. I’m an old soul if anything. I’m an antique.”

Witherspoon is anything but an antique when it comes to energy and performance. Sevendust kicked off their illustrious career with an untouchable string of three gold albums, beginning with their self-titled 1997 debut and continuing with Home in 1999 and Animosity in 2001. Along the way, they’ve sold out shows everywhere and given unforgettable performances at the likes of Rock On The Range, Woodstock and OZZfest. Now they’re touring their blistering new album Kill The Flaw. Witherspoon graciously begins with his influences before addresses the new album. He states: “My father was in a disco band, Southern Productions, turned me on to it. I grew up in the church, but when I saw his band, when I went to rehearsal, and the drummer had a double bass, and there was the bass guitar, the electric guitar, I got hooked. I’m a 43 year old man and when my father and I hang out I tell him of some of the clubs I remember we soundchecked in and he will be amazed, he’ll be like, ‘How do you remember that?’ and I’ll go into detail I remember you had to go down three steps and all the tables had these little red lights, and he’d say, ‘Oh my god that was so and so’. To me, it is the same as today when we do the venues, the smell, the nostalgia encaptured in those venues, I think that’s another thing that drove me to this. It doesn’t matter who you like as long as you have conviction, to me I’m like, I’m gonna buy it, if you mean it, it sounds good to me.”

Witherspoon continues on the band’s beginnings: “Well Morgan and John and Clint had jammed together in different bands. We were all on the scene. I was the youngest, and back then I was really, really, young; I was too young to go in the clubs they were playing. So they all had left their bands and I was jamming at a restaurant I was working at on a Monday night and in they walk in and I was like, ‘Wow there’s those guys I like to go watch play’. They were older than me and I thought a lot cooler, and told me they were putting something together and would like me to come play with them and I was like ‘No way’.” [pullquote]So we got a rehearsal space and from the first note that we hit I knew we had something magic. Thank the lord we did it cause we are still here today. It’s crazy. What a blessing.”[/pullquote]

Sevendust are still here today and their longevity is secured now that they have the right people behind them. The new album, Kill The Flaw, is testament to that. Witherspoon states: “We were able to take off a year, get the bad people in our organisation out, and focus and have good energy. You try not to look at the business side because you don’t want to lack in the creative side. But just taking the time off and going in with fresh heads and not really worrying about anything we were able to write what we wanted to write. There was no pressure. It was just us going in from 12 noon to 12 midnight plugging in and rocking it. it was snowing in New Jersey, it was a state of emergency so there was nothing to do but music.”

Witherspoon continues: “I haven’t found any song challenging. Maybe performing live is challenging. It’s like football if you are not struggling a little bit you are not running fast enough. Challenging in a good way. We have to keep going. [pullquote] I want to thank the people that try to keep us down and make us work harder. The people that said we would never do it, thank you, because look at us now, we are still here and it is a testimony to us starting new.[/pullquote]‘Thank You’ got nominated for a Grammy and we are going to the Grammys this year. We write about everything that involves us and everyday life. Look at us now. Starting a new beginning. Coming to Australia is a new beginning, it’s like a second Christmas without a doubt.”

Being a family man, touring is difficult but a lot better now. Witherspoon explains: “Before it was worse, we’d go out and tour and go for ever but now we have the organisation and people on our side. We have people who know we are husbands, we are fathers, we have kids and puppies we have a life. We go out for a bit, then we go home for several weeks. I get to do the things I couldn’t before. A family friend had to take my daughter to the daughter/dad dance. Now I get to be here.[pullquote]I like to look to the future but sometimes I look at the past to remind myself to keep trying harder. Those people who were thorns on our side are gone. They kept us away from Australia for too long.[/pullquote] This time being home means so much, we don’t tour the way we used to, those days are gone. We try to keep a happy balance with the families. We now have people who care for our well being not just ourselves.”

Witherspoon finds comfort in the reassurance that his Australian fans understand the truth behind their absence from Australian shores.  He states: “I’m so excited and I cannot wait to get to Australia. Six years is way too long and I promise you it had nothing to do with the band, it was completely out of our hands. Why would we not want to be in the most beautiful place in the world? The energy and place you live in is contagious and I can’t wait to build on the relationship we started 6 years ago. [pullquote]We now have a promoter who is dying to work with us, and guess what – the tour is happening.[/pullquote] I feel like the long lost brother who couldn’t get across the pond to get to see y’all but guess what, we’re coming home to see you now.”

Catch Sevendust on their tour down under.

Sevendust Australian & NZ tour Dates:

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Fri March 11th – The Studio (Auckland)

Sun March 13th – Capitol (Perth)

Mon March 14th – The Gov (Adelaide)

Wed March 16th – Coolangatta Hotel (Gold Coast)

Thur March 17th – Eatons Hill (Brisbane)

Fri March 18th – 170 Russell (Melbourne) 

Sat March 19th – Metro (Sydney)

VIP Meet & Greet Packages
  • 1 x Ticket (Your name will be on an Oztix VIP Door List)
  • VIP Entry (no need to queue)
  • Exclusive Meet & Greet with SEVENDUST
  • Commemorative VIP Laminate
  • Limited Edition A3 thick card stock tour Poster
  • 3 items signed by SEVENDUST 
  • A photo with SEVENDUST on your personal camera

It’s been a long wait but Australian fans finally get the opportunity to participate in the bedlam this summer when SEVENDUST hit our shores, starting out in Perth and Adelaide, and culminating in what are sure to be full-on contenders for gigs of the year in Melbourne and Sydney.

Limited numbers of VIP tickets will be available, affording the unique opportunity to meet the band and be photographed with them, so be quick and get your tickets now before they are gone!

Get your tickets now from:

http://www.metropolistouring.com/tour.php?tour=2016-sevendust

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About Mary Boukouvalas 1115 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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