By Megan Moss
Date / Venue: Friday June 26th, 2015 - Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
I was pretty happy to be taking photos & reviewing last night's Seether gig for a couple of reasons; Seethers' last show here in NZ was sold out pretty much instantly & venue upgraded with the shows receiving great feedback. Seether now have six studio albums under their belt, multi-platinum level sales & have enjoyed constant radio airplay since 1999, plus work a well-known huge tour schedule (that makes me feel sick to think about), seasoned pro's so I was expecting a huge fantastic onstage persona (& amazing action photo opportunities for me)... and also to be honest, I'm just a bit of a sucker for a good rock concert. Ekko Parkwas opening, and always put on a good show (I admire headline bands that use locals for their support over bringing the next big thing along with them... so kudos Seether).
An audience of all ages; predominately 20-35 was surprisingly sedate for Ekko Parks downplayed entrance who were not offering a huge applause as Ekko took the stage... just a medium sized one. Neither-less, Ekko got stuck in like true professionals, the sound was spot on, the light show rad & the Auckland based band did a stellar job. The sedate 20-something year olds in the audience were won & warmed in the first song & were clapping & cheeringfrom there on in. I haven't heard a bad thing about their performance & really enjoyed the set!
So Seether entered the room... we were introduced with 'No Jesus Christ', a huge rumbling, bubbly eerie sounds that were glorious. It was a melodic and slow building culminating with a huge drum solo, enthralling & mesmerising the kind of concert drums that rumble in your chest & blow your mind, I kinda liked that muchly & so did the audience.
Seether got right into it, not so much audience interaction at the beginning, but they sounded fantastic; from wherever you were in the venue. A wide range of music was played from pop to grungy rock to ballads & even a fantastic cover of Tenacious D's 'Fuck Her Gently' which the audience laughed, cheered & joined in the singing. Seether onstage looked wonderful and present; once the banter started we were treated to a few funny stories about drinking challenges won by South Africans & the likes.
As far as highlights for me; I loved every minute of Broken, really stood out. Sang solo by lead singer Shaun Morgan, A huge sound, full of emotion & the absence of evanescence singer Amy Lee (who for some reason kind of grates on my ears) on vocals made it for sublime for me.
All in all; a fab night out on a chilly night in the city with Seether! I am impressed by their faultless rock'n'roll performance definitely... didn't quite get the action I expected in my photos, but all in all a great show that I was glad to be part of.
Good one Seether, enjoy your next leg in Australia.
Seether Set List:
- No Jesus Christ
- Rise Above This
- Same Damn Life
- Driven under
- Fine again
- My Disaster
- Words as weapons
- Country song
- The gift
- Nobody praying for me
- Fake It
- Fuck her gently