Sevendust pay tribute to Soundgarden with dazzling cover of The Day I Tried To Live

Sevendust (opens in new tab) have released a lyric video to accompany their brand new cover of Soundgarden (opens in new tab)’s classic track The Day I Tried To Live.

The song was the second single taken from Soundgarden’s 1994 album Superunknown, with Sevendust deciding to cover it after seeing the societal changes taking place around the world over recent months, saying that the lyrics are as relevant today as they were when The Day I Tried To Live was first released.

Sevendust vocalist Lajon Witherspoon explains: “Soundgarden is such an important band to all of us in Sevendust and this love for them goes all the way back to when we were starting.

“We discussed trying to do one of their songs and our producer Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette suggested The Day I Tried To Live. I would have been fine with any of those songs personally. 

“When I first heard it, I thought the lyrics were timeless. The lyrics are about trying to experience new things and change the way you live, and we see examples of that every day with what is happening around the world. 

“To have the chance to cover this song and release it is so special to all of us. Thank you, Chris Cornell (opens in new tab) and Soundgarden.” 

The video was created by Wayne Joyner who has previously worked with artists including Dream Theater (opens in new tab) and is Sevendust’s first material since 2018 album All I See Is War.

Sevendust are scheduled to appear at the Rebel Rock festival in Orlando, Florida, on September 18 and have booked a handful of Australian dates in 2021.

Sevendust 2020/21 tour dates
Sep 18: Orlando Rebel Rock, FL
Feb 16: Melbourne Margaret Court Arena, Australia 
Feb 18: Newcastle West NEX, Australia
Feb 19: Moore Park Hordern Pavilion, Australia
Feb 20: Brendale Eatons Hill Hotel, Australia

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