Seether at The Fillmore Charlotte
Seether kicked off their US leg of the Poison The Parish Tour Saturday night to a nearly sold out crowd in the Queen City
Phoso by: Kevin McGee | Words by: Jessie Harris
After a long weekend filled with football, too much turkey and pie, and way too many awkward conversations with extended family, a solid rock show was exactly what the doctor ordered for Saturday night. Upon arriving at The Fillmore, it was clear that this Seether show was going to be packed out. The parking lot was completely filled already and a line had started to wrap around the building outside as people anxiously awaited to get inside the doors.
The cold didn’t hinder anyone from showing up and it quickly became apparent to me that Seether has a huge and dedicated fan following. People were decked out in former tour tees and hats, ready to see their favorite band perform. Having formed in early 1999 with almost two decades of hits under their belt and a new record out, Charlotte was officially ready to welcome Seether to the stage.
Kicking off the night was Tennessee quartet The Dead Deads.
This female-fronted group brought a high energy rock set to Charlotte, filled with fun hooks and hard guitar riffs.
With a style comparable to some of the great 90s grunge grops, it was hard not to enjoy what they had to offer.
They are currently working on a third studio album, while on tour, which is sure to excite their beloved followers, also known as The Dead Corps.
Up next was Shaman’s Harvest, hailing from Jefferson City, Missouri.
Bringing their take on modern yet classic Southern rock, the room was filled with fans swaying back and forth.
They played hits from their latest album, “Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns” as the crowd went crazy with palpable energy.
This was the perfect band to prepare us to rock out with the main act of the night.
A little after 9:30, the stage was elaborately setup, including an elevated drum set, and Seether came out playing their hit “Stoke The Fire” from their latest album and namesake of their tour, Poison The Parish. Sounding absolutely studio-perfect, they played a great mix of songs from their seven albums, including songs like “Gasoline,” “Rise Above This,” and “Nobody Praying For Me.”
The packed out crowd lost their minds when they played their 2002 breakout hit, “Fine Again.” For most, this song is what made them fall in love with Seether in the first place. Paying homage to where they got their start is really cool to see live from a band. Their grungy sound has made them rock gods in the heavy alternative rock circuit and it’s easy to see why they’ve stayed relevant for so long. Their hooks are catchy, relatable, but with a dark twist.
Mid set, frontman, Shaun Morgan, played a broken down version of 2004’s Billboard Hit “Broken,” which translated into a very hauntingly beautiful, almost lullaby. The crowd was silent in awe and adoration and fans ate it up while holding loved ones close. It was a really special moment to witness.
The last leg of the night included number one hits such as “Fake It, “Country Song,” and “Words As Weapons.” Morgan’s vocal range is surprising and beautiful in the most rocker sort of way. Like previously stated, the band was dead-on as far as sounding like their recorded albums, which is all a true fan can hope for when it comes to seeing a favorite band or musician up close.
Seether brought the house down in Charlotte and started their tour on a steady and perfect foot. Catch them on tour in the US from now until December 20th.
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