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    Rock Band Sevendust Performs for Bagram Troops

    Rock Band Sevendust Performs for Bagram Troops

    Photo By Sgt. Scott Davis | Sevendust performs for service members stationed at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan,...... read more read more



    Courtesy Story

    Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs   

    By Army Pfc. Scott Davis
    Special to American Forces Press Service

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Modern-rock band Sevendust put on a performance like no other for service members, July 12, at the final stop on their first United Service Organizations tour.

    Although the band is not known for playing acoustic sets, they still managed to put out a diverse sound that left rock fans wanting more.

    "I never thought anybody could 'jam out' acoustically like they did," said Army Sgt. Mark Decker, of Company B, 101st Airborne Division Special Troops Battalion.

    After the performance, Sevendust let a soldier from the crowd come up on stage and smash a guitar. They also gave him one of their guitars and gave other service members a set of bongos and another guitar, practically giving away their entire set of instruments.

    "I think they were awesome," said Air Force Capt. Vanessa Mahan, 455th Aerial Expeditionary Wing. "It's been a while since we've had a hardcore band here, so it's kind of refreshing. "

    The band gave thanks and saluted the service members for serving in the military.

    "If it wasn't for you guys over here, (the Taliban) would be over there, (in the United States)," Lajon "LJ" Witherspoon, Sevendust's lead singer, said during the performance.

    The band stuck around to ensure everyone who wanted an autograph, a free copy of their new CD or a picture with the band got one.

    The members of Sevendust said they plan on doing another USO tour in the future.

    "This, to us, has been the best thing that's ever happened in our lives," Witherspoon said. "As soon as you guys will have us back, we'll be back."



    Date Taken: 07.16.2008
    Date Posted: 07.16.2008 10:37
    Story ID: 21542
    Location: BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AF 

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