SEETHER, LETTERS FROM THE FIRE & KALEIDO @ SOKOL AUDITORIUM, OMAHA, NE – MAY 27, 2017

Review by David Taylor & Photos by Robert Chadwick

Saturday night. Perfect night for a concert. A sold out concert. Sokol Auditorium was the place to be Saturday night, May 27, on Memorial Day weekend. Seether has always been an Omaha favorite. Playing festivals, support shows, and headlining shows, they have come here countless times in the last 15 years. They have been a bucket list band for me to see, so I was fortunate that I got to cover this show, so thanks, to editor in chief, Robert Chadwick, for corresponding with the Seether camp to get me into the show.

First band up was Detroit’s Kaleido. When I first heard them, I was really struck by their sound. It sounds very 1970s hard classic rock, reminiscent of Van Halen and Montrose. Led by female lead singer, Christina Chriss, sporting a pink pompadour, she really had a good stage presence. It just wasn’t hard rock. They performed a song called “Trouble in Paradise”, which was very reggae-influenced. I could see this band touring with Halestorm, as they they too have that classic rock sound. Great start to night. Wouldn’t mind seeing them, again, if they are in Omaha.

Official poster for the Omaha show

Right after that was the Bay Area’s Letters From the Fire. Another female-led group, led by Alexa Kabazie, and oh boy, what a voice! If Alexa ever reads this, here’s some advice: take care of that voice. I don’t know why, but that voice has some magical powers right there. If you want to go to bigger and better places, that voice is the key. Playing material from their debut album, Worth the Pain, they would a good fit for an Evanescence tour, with their alt-metal sound and powerful female vocalist. If they ever come back to Omaha, I am dropping all of my things and going to that show. Great direct support.

And finally it is time for the almighty Seether from South Africa. They brought some excellent production as a backdrop. Lots of red lighting, unfortunately, for Mr. Chadwick. It was kinda hard to see Shaun Morgan’s, vocalist and guitarist, face. But that didn’t stop the music. They opened up the show with the song that started it all, “Gasoline”. It was also nice seeing one of my favorite guitarists, Clint Lowery of Sevendust, handling the lead guitar duties for this tour. One of interesting tidbits of their set was the inclusion of a loop pedal, in which Shaun would play some guitar doodle in between songs, and it would loop until he was ready for the next song. He did it quite a few times, sometimes taking the audience out from the performance. And they also played the hits, as they should. They even threw in a cover of Thrice’s “Black Honey”, one of Shaun Morgan’s favorite songs in the last year. Lastly, they finished with what I think is their biggest song, “Remedy”. It got people jumping and clapping and having a good time, even though the night was over. I’m so happy to cross Seether off my bucket list. They did not disappoint and wouldn’t mind seeing them, again.

Seether’s Setlist – Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gasoline | Truth | Nobody Praying for Me | Rise Above This | Save Today | Driven Under | Fine Again | Broken | Country Song | Words as Weapons | No Jesus Christ | Black Honey (Thrice cover) | Fake It | Let You Down | Remedy

Kaleido

Letters from the Fire

Seether

All photos are © 2017 Robert Chadwick Photography.