April 23, 2014 – SEVENDUST wanted to make an acoustic studio album, solely because their family of fans has been clamoring for one since the release of 2004’s SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE live acoustic album. They gave their fans exactly what they asked for, and in turn produced one of their most critically acclaimed albums to date. And now, their family of fans has launched the album into the #1 slot on Billboard’s “Top Hard Music Albums” chart next week. TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES–released April 15 on the band’s 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services–is the Atlanta band’s second consecutive #1 album.
Elsewhere in Billboard, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES will debut at #19 on the “Top 200 Albums” chart, #2 on the “Record Label Independent Current Albums” chart, #4 on the “Top Current Rock Albums” chart, #15 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart and #8 on the “Top Internet Albums” chart.
The band’s current headlining acoustic U.S. tour, “An Evening With SEVENDUST,” launched April 1 in Athens, GA and isn’t stopping anytime soon. Dates continue through June 28, with more dates to come throughout the summer.
Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops. DATE CITY VENUE Thu 4/24 Kansas City, MO The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland Fri 4/25 Joliet, IL Mojoes Sat 4/26 Madison, WI Orpheum Mon 4/28 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre Tue 4/29 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s Wed 4/30 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom Fri 5/2 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage Sat 5/3 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre Sun 5/4 New York, NY Highline Ballroom Tue 5/6 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre Thu 5/8 Patchogue, NY Emporium Fri 5/9 Portland, ME Asylum Sat 5/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory Tue 5/27 St. Louis, MO Pop’s Thu 5/29 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino (with Staind, NOT ACOUSTIC) Fri 5/30 South Bend, IN Club Fever Sat 5/31 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s Sun 6/1 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues Tue 6/3 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club Wed 6/4 Boston, MA Paradise Fri 6/6 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall Sat 6/7 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theatre Sun 6/8 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom (LOW DOUGH) Wed 6/11 Green Bay, WI The Distillery Thu 6/12 Arlington Heights, IL Home Bar Fri 6/13 Minneapolis, MN POV’s Sat 6/14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Sun 6/15 Bloomington, IL Castle Theatre Tue 6/17 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom Wed 6/18 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule Thu 6/19 Beaumont, TX The Gig Fri 6/20 Broussard, LA The Station Sat 6/21 Tunica, MS Horseshoe Tunica/Bluesville Mon 6/23 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works Wed 6/25 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion Thu 6/26 Flint, MI The Machine Shop Fri 6/27 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall Sat 6/28 Kent, CT Club Getaway Resort
March 24, 2014 — SEVENDUST has announced the second leg of their “An Evening With Sevendust” acoustic U.S. tour, which kicks off April 1 in Athens, GA at the Georgia Theatre. They’re hitting the road to promote their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, which will be released April 15 on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services.
For TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, the Atlanta band–Lajon Witherspoon(vocals), Morgan Rose(drums/vocals), Clint Lowery(guitar/vocals), John Connolly(guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby(bass/vocals)—took suggestions from fans about which SEVENDUST classics they should re-record acoustically. The final choices that made the cut are: “Black,” “Gone,” “Denial,” “Karma,” “Trust,” and “Crucified.”
“Black” is the album’s first single, which is already getting spins on SiriusXM’s “Octane” channel, is currently available on iTunes. Pre-orders are also available on iTunes and Amazon.
On Friday, November 22, 2013, SEVENDUST partnered with PledgeMusic for a direct-to-fan campaign to help fund the creation of TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES and was set to last a 130 days. Over the course of that first weekend, they reached their goal thanks to their “Family” of fans who had received the exciting news solely from the band’s and band member’s personal Facebook and Twitter sites. SEVENDUST has always said they consider their fans to be part of the SEVENDUSTFamily, and they certainly proved their love and devotion for the band with the immediate response to the PledgeMusic opportunity.
Even though there are still seven days left of the campaign, SEVENDUST has raised over 222% of their goal with over 3,400 pledges. Exclusive incentives that are still available include a digital download of the album before its available anywhere, autographed T-shirts, a “Making Of” DVD, as well as autographed guitars, amps, stage backdrops and cymbals that have been used on tour.
In radio news, SEVENDUST will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline,” with host Bob Coburn on Monday, April 14 at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band that night by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a list of stations and for information regarding how fans can hear the broadcast streaming live, go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the evening after the broadcast.
Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops.
DATE CITY VENUE
Tue 4/1 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre Wed 4/2 Destin, FL Club LA Fri 4/4 Houston, TX Scout Bar Sat 4/5 Dallas, TX Trees Sun 4/6 Austin, TX Emo’s Tue 4/8 Tempe, AZ Marquee Thu 4/10 El Cajon, CA Sycuan Casino Fri 4/11 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues Sat 4/12 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl at Hard Rock Sun 4/13 Reno, NV Knitting Factory Wed 4/16 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades Fri 4/18 Seattle, WA El Corazon Sat 4/19 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre Sun 4/20 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Mon 4/21 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex Tue 4/22 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre Thu 4/24 Kansas City, MO The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland Fri 4/25 Joliet, IL Mojoes Sat 4/26 Madison, WI Orpheum Mon 4/28 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre Tue 4/29 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s Wed 4/30 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom Fri 5/2 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage Sat 5/3 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre Sun 5/4 New York, NY Highline Ballroom Tue 5/6 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre Thu 5/8 Patchogue, NY Emporium Fri 5/9 Portland, ME Asylum Sat 5/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory Tue 5/27 St. Louis, MO Pop’s Thu 5/29 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino (with Staind, NOT ACOUSTIC) Fri 5/30 South Bend, IN Club Fever Sat 5/31 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s Sun 6/1 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues Tue 6/3 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club Wed 6/4 Boston, MA Paradise Fri 6/6 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall Sat 6/7 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theatre Sun 6/8 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom (LOW DOUGH) Wed 6/11 Green Bay, WI The Distillery Thu 6/12 Arlington Heights, IL Home Bar Fri 6/13 Minneapolis, MN POV’s Sat 6/14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Sun 6/15 Bloomington, IL Castle Theatre Tue 6/17 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom Wed 6/18 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule Thu 6/19 Beaumont, TX The Gig Fri 6/20 Broussard, LA The Station Sat 6/21 Tunica, MS Horseshoe Tunica/Bluesville Mon 6/23 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works Wed 6/25 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion Thu 6/26 Flint, MI The Machine Shop Fri 6/27 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall Sat 6/28 Kent, CT Club Getaway Resort
January 23, 2014 — SEVENDUST didn’t waste any time getting 2014 started the best way they know how: being holed up in the recording studio to create their long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album. TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES will be released in April on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. On April 1, they’ll hit the road for their first U.S. headlining tour of the year, entitled “An Evening With Sevendust,” which kicks off in Athens, GA at the Georgia Theatre. It’s their first acoustic trek since 2004, when they were touring in support of their second album, SEASONS, and a format their fans have been anxiously awaiting for once again.
The Atlanta band–Lajon Witherspoon(vocals),Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery(guitar/vocals), John Connolly(guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby(bass/vocals)—entered Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ (where they recorded their previous BLACK OUT THE SUN album) at the beginning of the month to record their highly anticipated and much-talked-about acoustic studio album.
It will be a collection of brand new songs, along with re-recorded SEVENDUST classics. Newly re-recorded songs will include: “Black,” “Gone,” “Denial,” “Karma,” “Trust,” and “Crucified.” Six brand new songs have also been written and recorded for the acoustic album. It’s not the first time SEVENDUST has explored their acoustic side. Their critically acclaimed SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE live acoustic album was released in 2004. As All Music Guide had praised: “Fans should invest readily in SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE…SEVENDUST’s famously confrontational sound smolders, and damn it if their sensitive side isn’t just as fiery.”
On Friday, November 22, 2013, SEVENDUST partnered with PledgeMusic for a direct-to-fan campaign to help fund the creation of TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES and was set to last 130 days. Over the course of that first weekend, they reached their goal thanks to their “Family” of fans who had received the exciting news solely from the band’s and band member’s personal Facebook and Twitter sites. SEVENDUSThas always said they consider their fans to be part of the SEVENDUST Family, and they certainly proved their love and devotion for the band with the immediate response to the PledgeMusic opportunity.
With over 70 days left in the campaign, SEVENDUSThas raised over 155% of their goal with over 2,550 pledges. Exclusive incentives for pledgers included a digital download of the album before its available anywhere, exclusive updates during the making of the record, signed drumheads and guitar picks, being included in the album’s liner notes, autographed guitars used on tour, and dinner with the band (which was swiped up quick by two very lucky “Family” members).
BLACK OUT THE SUN debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Hard Music Albums” chart, as well as #18 on the “Top 200 Albums” chart, #4 on the “Record Label Independent Current Albums” chart, #5 on the “Top Current Rock Albums” chart, #14 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart and #17 on the “Top Internet Albums” chart.
Later this month, SEVENDUST will be aboard the ShipRocked 2014 cruise, along with Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, In This Moment, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry,and many others. The ultimate rock music cruise vacation onboard the Norwegian Pearl will depart from the Port Of Miami and will visit Great Stirrup Cay–a private island in the Bahamas–during the January 26-30 excursion. A limited number of staterooms for the ShipRocked 2014 experience are still available at www.ShipRocked.com.
Here is the official track listing of TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES:
1. Come Down
2. Under It All
3. The Wait
4. Upbeat Sugar
5. One Life
Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops.
January 6, 2014–For those looking to join the sold-out ShipRocked 2014, a limited number of staterooms have been released. The ultimate rock music cruise vacation sails roundtrip from the Port Of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from January 26-30 onboard the Norwegian Pearl. The remaining cabins are available on a first come first served basis at www.ShipRocked.com.
In addition, Tremonti (featuring Grammy Award winning guitarist Mark Tremonti), ShipRocked 2010 alumni Black Stone Cherry, and DJ Lippy Rage from Tulsa (spinning late-night) have been added to the power-packed ShipRocked bill.
The ShipRocked band lineup now includes headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Candlebox, In This Moment, The Halo Method, Living Colour, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry, Nonpoint, Love & Death(with Brian “Head” Welch), Aranda, Art of Dying, Young Guns, Crash Kings, Butcher Babies,Scorpion Child, Wilson, American Fangs, Digital Summer, and Andy Wood & The Amalgam.
ShipRocked will also feature two heavy metal-infused frenetic comedy performances from comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer, known for his impersonations of Metallica, Ozzy Osbourneand AC/DC. The 5-day ShipRocked cruise–fueled by Monster Energy–will include a special onboard DJ set by Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace and a comedy set from Big Jay Oakerson. Rock and roll dance troupe Hells Belles Burlesque is slated for a pair of performances, and will be offering burlesque workshops during the cruise. In addition, Fuse TV’s “Mistress Juliya” Chernetsky will join Kayla Riley of SiriusXM Radio and Ralph Sutton of Tour Bus Radio as guest emcees for ShipRocked 2014.
As in the past, ShipRocked guests will enjoy multiple performances from every band on different stages, artist meet and greets, Q&A sessions, along with artist-hosted activities including contests, game shows, insane parties, theme nights and more. Onboard, bands will perform on the large outdoor Monster Energy Deck Stage, in the beautiful Stardust Theater, the Crystal Atrium stage, and the Spinnaker Lounge. While in port at Great Stirrup Cay, guests will enjoy unforgettable performances on the island’s Beach Stage.
The fifth ShipRocked cruise will host a full ship of nearly 3,000 guests from 44 states across the U.S. and almost a dozen countries around the world.
November 25, 2013 – It’s the news SEVENDUST fans have been waiting for, and they wasted no time in grabbing the opportunity to personally get involved.
At 9:00 AM PT on Friday, November 22, SEVENDUST launched a PledgeMusic direct-to-fan campaign to help fund the band’s long-awaited and highly-anticipated acoustic album over the course of 130 days.
At 9:00 AM PT on Monday, November 25, the Atlanta band reached 93% of their goal with over 1240 pledges. However, the campaign is far from over, even after they reach their goal. Plenty of incentives are left, including the basic $10 pledge for an album pre-order and access to exclusive updates from the band as the album is being created, and any additional funds raised will simply be a bonus for the campaign. Additionally, even though the grandest incentive ($10,000 for a private acoustic concert at a fan’s house) was scooped up the first day, the band decided to add two more of this very special offer.
How’d they do it? Facebook and Twitter. Not only the band’s official pages, but also the band member’s personal pages, where messages of thanks and excitement from fans were posted within minutes of the launch. The news quickly spread amongst the Family like wildfire. SEVENDUST has always said they consider their fans to be part of the SEVENDUSTFamily, and they’ve certainly proven their love and devotion for the band with the immediate response to the PledgeMusic campaign.
By popular demand, the Atlanta band–Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals)—will enter Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ (where they recorded their current BLACK OUT THE SUN album) in January 2014 to record their highly anticipated and much-talked-about acoustic studio album, which will be released next spring. It’ll be a collection of brand new songs along with re-recorded SEVENDUST classics.
They asked their fans to be an integral part of the new project. Not only have they been asking fans for input of which songs to re-record, they partnered with PledgeMusic for a direct-to-fan campaign. Filled with exclusive incentives for ultimate access to have a hands-on part of the band’s legacy, the campaign is granting fans the opportunity to get a digital download of the album before its available anywhere, exclusive updates during the making of the record, and much more. Ranging from signed drumheads and guitar picks, to joining the band in the studio for a day, to being included in the album’s liner notes, to autographed guitars used on tour, to a private acoustic show at the house of the most generous donor, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for SEVENDUST fans.
“We’re very excited about the new Sevendust acoustic record,” declares guitarist Clint Lowery. “Knowing our relationship with the Sevendust Family, releasing it through PledgeMusic and allowing our supporters to be a part of the process is what it’s all about. This type of direct-to-fan project is a perfect fit for us and it will allow a very personal connection between the band and its supporters. We can’t wait to get to work on this record and have the fans join us in this unique process.”
“We wanted our fans to be involved in the making of this record,” continues drummer Morgan Rose. “PledgeMusic is a perfect way to share the creative experience with them. We’re really looking forward to it.”
Portions of the proceeds from the campaign will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which works to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
Details about SEVENDUST’sPledgeMusic campaign can be found here
“The reason for doing this is that you guys have made us what we are today and we want to involve you in a much deeper way than we have ever before,” says the band in a combined statement on the direct-to-fan page. “We have been face to face with many of you, and some of you have been to over 50 shows and we have become family. We want you to have a chance to be a part of this process with us and make this record stand out.”
And as the entire band chimes in:
Lajon Witherspoon: “For me, on an acoustic, I’m able to showcase my vocals more. This is just a little something different, you know, we get off the beaten path every now and then.”
Clint Lowery: “We’ve had a couple of specialty shows where we’ve played acoustic, so that was kind of the first taste of ‘Whoa, we can be heavy, but we can be an acoustic band and the same fanbase will embrace us.’ We have one more month to be out here on tour, we’ve been grinding it out for a long time. We’re completely putting every bit of our energy into this acoustic record. We already have these amazing ideas circulating for it. We want to make a statement with it. I want to open a whole different door for our band.”
John Connolly:“This will be cool for us, to kind of go in and just focus on just the acoustic side of the band which is something that we’ve been trying to get back around to for eight/nine years now.”
Morgan Rose:“We wanted to do an acoustic run, but we thought we’ve got the time to do it, why don’t we do an acoustic record and actually do five or six, seven random songs acoustically.”
Vince Hornsby:“I hope our fans dig it. We play the heavy stuff all the time. It’s good to throw something different in there and change it up a little bit.”
It’s not the first time SEVENDUST has explored their acoustic side. Their critically acclaimed SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE live acoustic album was released in 2004. As All Music Guide had praised: “Fans should invest readily in SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE…SEVENDUST’s famously confrontational sound smolders, and damn it if their sensitive side isn’t just as fiery.”
SEVENDUSThas been on the road since early February in support of their critically acclaimed BLACK OUT THE SUN album, which was released March 26 on the band’s own 7Bros. Records in conjunction with ADA Label Services. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Top Hard Music Albums” chart, as well as #18 on the “Top 200 Albums” chart, #4 on the “Record Label Independent Current Albums” chart, #5 on the “Top Current Rock Albums” chart, #14 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart and #17 on the “Top Internet Albums” chart. The first single, “Decay,” reached #6 on Billboard’s “Active Rock” chart. “Picture Perfect” is the latest single from BLACK OUT THE SUN, which has quickly jumped into the Top 25 on Mediabase’s “Active Rock” chart.
SEVENDUST’s touring schedule isn’t close to ending anytime soon. In addition to their own slew of headlining dates, the Atlanta band has announced that they’ll be a part of the “From Death To Destiny Tour” along with Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Emmure and For Today, which kicks off October 26 in Lubbock, TX at the Lonestar Amphitheatre (as part of “FMX Freak Fest”).
Early next year, SEVENDUST will be aboard the ShipRocked 2014 cruise, along with Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Lacuna Coil, Love & Death (featuring Brian “Head” Welch), Art of Dying, Butcher Babies, and many others. The ultimate rock music cruise vacation onboard the Norwegian Pearl will depart from the Port Of Miami and will visit Great Stirrup Cay–a private island in the Bahamas–during the January 26-30 excursion. A limited number of staterooms for the ShipRocked 2014 experience are still available at www.ShipRocked.com.
Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops.
Thu 9/19 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue (with 10 Years)
Fri 9/20 Billings, MT Babcock Theatre (with 10 Years)
Sat 9/21 Post Falls, ID Greyhound Park Amp (KHTQ’s Rock Hard)
Mon 9/23 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
Tue 9/24 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
Wed 9/25 Cheyenne, WY Atlas Theater
Fri 9/27 Ft. Smith, AR Kay Rodgers Park / Hardin Arena
Sat 9/28 Tulsa, OK Tulsa State Fair
Tue 10/1 Kokomo, IN CenterStage Bar and Grill
Wed 10/2 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
Fri 10/4 Kansas City, KS Kansas Speedway
Sat 10/5 Nashville, TN Nashville Center Stage
Sun 10/6 Mobile, AL Bayfest
Mon 10/7 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
Wed 10/9 Knoxville, TN NV Nightclub
Thu 10/10 Wilmington, NC Ziggy’s By The Sea
Fri 10/11 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s (with 10 Years)
Sat 10/12 Woodstock, VA Shenandoah County Fairgrounds (w/ Trapt & 10 Years)
Thu 10/24 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Fri 10/25 Houston, TX Scout Bar (with All That Remains)
“From Death To Destiny Tour” with Asking Alexandria, All That Remains, Emmure, For Today:
Sat 10/26 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater (FMX Freak Fest)
Sun 10/27 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live (Lone Star Metalfest)
Tue 10/29 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium
Wed 10/30 Knoxville, TN NV Nightclub
Thu 10/31 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Fri 11/1 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
Sat 11/2 Lancaster, PA Freedom Hall
Sun 11/3 Poughkeepsie, NY Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Tue 11/5 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
Wed 11/6 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Thu 11/7 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino (with All That Remains only)
Fri 11/8 Flint, MI Machine Shop
Sat 11/9 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom (Wisconsin Metalfest)
Sun 11/10 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center/Cleveland State Univ (Ohio Metalfest)
Wed 11/13 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
Thu 11/14 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Fri 11/15 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
Sun 11/17 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
Tue 11/19 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater
Fri 11/22 San Diego, CA SOMA
JohnMay 28, 2013 — Listen closely to what’s lingering in the distance…it’s the sound of some of Rock’s biggest bands converging together to bring pandemonium to eager and willing participants at the 2013 CARNIVAL OF MADNESStour, powered by Monster Energy.
Sure to be known as the premier rock tour of 2013, the highly anticipated CARNIVAL OF MADNESS–sponsored by Monster Energy–returns this summer with multi-Platinum rock band SHINEDOWN, along with PAPA ROACH, SKILLET, IN THIS MOMENT, and WE AS HUMAN. The tour will begin on the east coast Sunday, August 11. Tour dates will be announced on Monday, June 3 with the general on-sale beginning Friday, June 7.
SHINEDOWN makes their triumphant return to the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS after headlining the 2010 inaugural launch, with a lineup that also included Sevendust, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, and 10 Years. The first CARNIVAL OF MADNESSproved to be one of the biggest tours of the summer, heralded as a Top 50 tour by Pollstar. Last year’s trek featured Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, and New Medicine.
“CARNIVAL OF MADNESS is more than a show–it’s an experience,” proclaims SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith. “This year, it’s all about reinvention. The culmination of five powerful and dynamic bands joining together to prove to the world that rock-n-roll is alive and well. So, step right up. Come one, come all. The CARNIVAL OF MADNESS has arrived!!!”
PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix says, “We’re so stoked to be on CARNIVAL OF MADNESS this year. It’s an absolutely killer bill from top to bottom…fans better be ready to get crazy at these shows.”
“I can hardly wait for the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS,” says SKILLET lead singer John Cooper. “SHINEDOWN is one of the best bands in the business and we’re excited to share the stage with them and great performers like PAPA ROACH, IN THIS MOMENT, and WE AS HUMAN. Also, it’ll be our first tour playing songs from our new album, RISE, so SKILLET will be doing our best to bring the pain every night!”
As IN THIS MOMENT declares, “We are thrilled to be a part of CARNIVAL OF MADNESS this year. SHINEDOWN is one of our favorite bands and it is truly an honor to share the stage with them again. All the bands involved this year bring something unique and exciting to the table, making this a ‘do not miss’ event! We are humbled and grateful that we get to be a part of CARNIVAL OF MADNESS this year, and can’t wait to surprise you with our brand new show this summer!”
WE AS HUMAN lead singer Justin Cordle agrees, “I can’t begin to tell you how stoked we are to be on the CARNIVAL OF MADNESS this year. To be able to meet new fans on a tour with so many bands that we’ve admired for so long is incredible. We are ready to do this!”
SHINEDOWN is indisputably one of the most successful rock bands of the past 10+ years, enjoying an unparalleled streak of hits. The band’s current album, AMARYLLIS, entered the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart at #4 upon its release (#1 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart), and has already spawned three consecutive #1 singles with “Bully,”“Unity,” and “Enemies.” Over the course of their illustrious career, SHINEDOWN has scored a staggering 17 #1 singles (including their current streak of 10 consecutive #1 rock radio hits). The band’s latest single, “I’ll Follow You,” is currently #3 on the rock chart. The band’s performance of the song for their just-released THE LIVE ROOM EP can be viewed at The Warner Sound . One of the most exciting live rock acts, Pollstar has listed SHINEDOWN’s most recent headlining trek on their Top 20 Concert Tours of 2013. The band’s unprecedented ascendancy over multi-format rock radio commenced with their RIAA Platinum-certified 2003 debut LEAVE A WHISPER, its Gold-certified 2005 follow-up, US AND THEM, and 2008’s Platinum-certified THE SOUND OF MADNESS. SHINEDOWN’s numerous national television appearances include performances on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Today Show,” CBS’ “The Early Show,” among others.
SHINEDOWN is also releasing THE LIVE ROOM EP in conjunction with the tour announcement. Available at leading digital retailers starting today, the five song-collection features tracks from the band’s fourth studio album, AMARYLLIS, recorded live at Henson Studios (formerly the historic A&M Studios) in Hollywood, CA. Highlights include audio and video performances of SHINEDOWN’s current single “I’ll Follow You,” chart-topping smash “Bully”, and a rendition of Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move.”
Proving that they haven’t gone anywhere, PAPA ROACH recently scored yet another #1 radio hit, which is their career fifth and comes 13 years after their first with “Last Resort.” “Where Did The Angels Go” topped the active rock radio chart, according to BDS/Billboard. Very few bands have achieved #1 success at multiple times spanning over a decade – a feat that PAPA ROACH is highly underrated for accomplishing. The single comes from the band’s latest acclaimed album, THE CONNECTION (Eleven Seven Music), which was released in October 2012 and debuted as the #2 rock album on iTunes. Revolver declared the album, “a fist-pumping return to form…” PAPA ROACH has sold upwards of 10 million albums worldwide. The band boasts two Grammy® nominations, an MTV VMA nomination, as well as eleven Top 10 rock hits, seven Top 10 alternative hits and can claim the Most Played Alternative Song of the Decade (BDS) with their breakthrough single “Last Resort.” The band also recently surpassed 4 million fans on Facebook. Known for their electrifying and explosive live shows, PAPA ROACH has become the common denominator for some of the most successful rock tours in recent years.
Two-time Grammy®-nominated rock band SKILLET recently made headlines when their last album, AWAKE, became one of just three rock albums to be certified Platinum in 2012, forming an improbable triumvirate with the Black Keys’ EL CAMINO and Mumford & Sons’ BABEL. The news that SKILLET had sold more than a million albums in the U.S. came as a shock to all but the band’s wildly diverse horde of fans. AWAKE debuted at #2 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart and #1 on the magazine’s “Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums” chart. In addition, the record hit #1 on iTunes‘ Top Album Chart, garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the #1-charting, Gold-certified“Awake & Alive,” the Gold-certified “Hero,” “It’s Not Me It’s You” and the Platinum-certified “Monster.” “Monster” lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies while its companion video has generated over 52 million YouTube views. The hook-happy “Hero” was featured in season-long spots for NBC’s NFL Sunday NightFootball and served as the official theme song for WWE’s Royal RumblePay-Per-View. The band toured endlessly in support, playing to sold-out crowds across the country, which earned them a spot on Pollstar’s Concert Pulse Chart of the Top 50 Tours for Fall of 2010. The band is now gearing up for the June 25th release of new album, RISE. Anticipation surrounding the album is red-hot, thanks to two new songs, “Sick Of It” and “American Noise,” both of which hit #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart.
IN THIS MOMENT joins the CARNIVAL OF MADNESSin support of their latest Century Media release, BLOOD. The album was released in August of 2012 where it debuted at #15 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart and has scanned over 150,000 units to date. BLOOD has spawned the hit singles “Blood” and “Adrenalize.” IN THIS MOMENT began in Los Angeles in 2005, when singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth met at an open jam. Their debut album, BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDY, landed the band on the 2007 and 2008 editions of Ozzfest. Their first collaboration with producer Kevin Churko came with the release of 2008’s THE DREAM – earning them a slot on the 2009 Warped Tour. Their third album, A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND (2010), was their highest-charting album until the release of their latest album took the distinction.
WE AS HUMAN signed to Atlantic Records via Hear It Loud, a partnership helmed by John Cooper of SKILLET,manager Zach Kelm and attorney Todd Rubenstein, in 2011 after they were discovered by Cooper. Made up of musicians Justin Cordle, Jake Jones, Justin Forshaw, Adam Osborne and Dave Draggoo, the band toured heavily at the start of their major label career, performing before sold-out shows on the “Awake and Alive” tour with SKILLET and Winter Jam 2012. Their debut album, WE AS HUMAN, will be released on June 25.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
Review & photos by Marcy J Royce
High anticipation is the best way to describe the days leading up to SEVENDUST invading South Central PA on this frigid night in February. I learned in November of last year the gritty, hard rocking guys would be making a stop in Lancaster on their new tour in support of their March 26, 2013 release of their 9th studio CD, Black Out The Sun.
Just three shows in to this tour and its brilliantly evident the new release is gonna soar to new heights. And rightfully so! Black Out The Sun is KILLER! And when SEVENDUST performs, you stand up and take notice. I’ve been afforded the honor and rare opportunity to preview the new album. I can tell you this, YOU WILL WANT TO PREORDER THIS BABY! I’ve already chosen quite a few tracks as my faves. The first pick for me is Decay, which kicked off the set this night. I was very pleased as I feel that song is definitely a show stopper and a show starter all wrapped up into one integrated package. Another pick for me is the only other song from Black Out The Sun to appear in the set this early on in the tour, Till Death. WOW! Just wow. I have two other picks from the new CD but will not spoil the surprise for you since they were not in the set. You’ll just have to get the CD. (insert evil grin here, ha ha!)
Someone I know asked me at the show to describe how I felt Black Out The Sun compared to the previous 2010 release of Cold Day Memory. I told him this… it grabs you hard, and hits you square in the chest, it will knock you flat on your ass. It’s harder, it’s darker, it’s packed full of melodies, grit, and riffs. It also has a mellow, soothing, mood- invoking tendency. It runs the gamut and blankets everything in a way that’s so poetic. I’m really excited for the masses to lay their mitts on this CD. It’s one for the record books. He and I exchanged stories about SEVENDUST before I had to excuse myself to take my place firmly in the pit. My anticipation was about to go full tilt.
You see, SEVENDUST is one of those bands that really sets the bar very high for their counterparts in their genre. And even for themselves. They are one of those bands you must see live. If you think their music is riveting listening to it on your MP3 player, in your car, at home, just about anywhere… you haven’t experienced all that encompasses the full circle of these guys. You will see what I mean at your first show, your fifth show, your fiftieth show. They deliver the goods solidly each and every time. It’s a WYSIWYG type of thing. They truly are themselves on the stage, they truly love what they do and it extends off the edge of the stage right to the fans. Case in point, Lajon signed something for a fan from the stage and Morgan threw out many a drumsticks. I even think a few picks made it to mid floor. SEVENDUST is truly a fans band with the fans eating it up. There is no way you will ever be disappointed. I personally guarantee it.
As I stood there moments before the action ride of my life, I peeked at the set list taped to the stage floor. Yowza!!! These electrified fans were going to go ballistic. Their set was everything I had hoped it would be. Energizing, intense, loud, raw and mind-blowing. From the very first song, Decay (from Black Out The Sun) to the last song, Face To Face (from Seasons), they certainly delivered the hard edge goods. As I exited the pit to stage right, I absorbed the charged atmosphere. The exchange of energy between SEVENDUST and the crowd is one of the reasons I love photographing live musicians. It’s a feeling like none other. I couldn’t help but raise my camera in the air to capture the crowd. They were being worked into frenzy by each member of the band.
SEVENDUST has an appetite for pure domination of their genre and their music proves that they are one of the most powerful bands out there. They have been around since 1994 and have perfected their craft. They’ve taken the good and the bad of the last 19 years and have risen to be the best of the best.
Set list this night included:
Decay (Black Out The Sun, 2013)
Praise (Animosity, 2001)
Denial (Home, 1999)
Ugly (Next, 2005)
Bitch (Sevendust, 1997)
Trust (Animosity, 2001)
Angel Son (Animosity, 2001)
Waffle (Home, 1999)
Strong Arm Broken (Cold Day Memory, 2010)
Till Death (Black Out The Sun, 2013)
Pieces (Next, 2005)
The End Is Coming (Cold Day Memory, 2010)
Splinter (Cold Day Memory, 2010)
Face To Face (Seasons, 2003)
SEVENDUST is truly one of THE BEST bands I’ve ever seen live. And I cannot wait to see them again! If this Black Out The Sun tour finds its way anywhere near you – GO! Don’t hesitate, don’t delay. Don’t think twice. There simply is no reason to not see them live. Their power will overtake you and make you want more and more. Just maybe arm yourself with earplugs, these guys are loud and proud. Just the way I like it.
Huge shout out to my girl Amanda, of SEVENDUST’s PR team, for making this amazing opportunity happen for me and the Away-Team. You’re the best, girl!
SEVENDUST TO RELEASE OF NINTH STUDIO ALBUM, “BLACK OUT THE SUN,” DUE OUT MARCH 26, 2013
HEADLINING TOUR WITH LACUNA COIL STARTS FEBRUARY 2
March 26, 2013 is going to be a very good day for SEVENDUST fans. That day brings the highly anticipated release of the band’s brand new album, their ninth studio effort, BLACK OUT THE SUN, on their 7Bros. Records label (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). The first single, “Decay,” will be released to radio and available for download at online retail outlets January 22, 2013.
Anxious to share the scorching new sounds, SEVENDUST will set out on a headlining tour with Lacuna Coil starting February 2, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC at Ziggy’s. Tickets for the shows listed below went on-sale Friday, November 30, 2012. Fans should check their local ticket outlets for purchase info. More shows for SEVENDUST are currently in the works and will be announced in the coming months.
In a recent interview with Revolver, guitarist John Connolly described the new music as having “a darker vibe…but there’s still plenty of melody. It fits right in with ANIMOSITY, ALPHA and our self-titled album. Lots of heavy stuff and some more mellow moody songs as well.” As guitarist Clint Lowery proclaims in Guitar World, “There’s a dark turn to the whole thing…in a lot of ways, it’s your typical SEVENDUST record.” The magazine goes on to declare that BLACK OUT THE SUN “will eclipse its predecessors with its southern-rock brutality and bursts of industrial and reggae.”
For BLACK OUT THE SUN, the band–Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) and John Connolly (guitar/vocals)—decided to self-produce and record the new album at The Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ with the help of mixer/engineer Mike Ferretti (who also worked with Lowery and Rose on CALL ME NO ONE’s debut album, LAST PARADE, which was released June 5 on 7Bros Records).
BLACK OUT THE SUN is the follow-up to COLD DAY MEMORY, which was released April 20, 2010 and debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, the highest debut of the bands’ storied 8 studio album, 15 year career. Along with it being SEVENDUST‘s highest charting debut ever, the album’s first single, “Unraveling,” set a debut milestone as well. It entered the BDS Active Rock radio chart higher than any other SEVENDUST track. It surpassed 2003′s “Enemy,” which wound up peaking at #6 and is currently their highest charting song to date. At radio, “Unraveling” is the most well received SEVENDUST song ever.
Once the band’s two years of touring in support of COLD DAY MEMORY came to a close, the band decided to go on hiatus to recuperate, regroup, and spend time with their families. In typical SEVENDUST fashion, the resting period didn’t last long. It was time to get back to work. Lowery and Rose ventured out to The Architekt Studios to record their CALL ME NO ONE album, while guitarist Connolly and bassist Hornsby, along with Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, and Tremonti Project/Creed guitarist Eric Friedman formed the band PROJECTED. Their debut album, HUMAN, was released September 18 on Connolly’s own Yaya Papu LLC. label.
As Lowery stated in Guitar World, “Playing in side projects was a way to kind of scratch an itch and then come back to SEVENDUST with full appreciation for what it is.” And as the magazine concluded, “Consider that itch scratched.”
Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust in Hershey, PA
Headlining shows with Lacuna Coil:
Sat 2/2 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
Sat 2/3 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
Tue 2/5 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Wed 2/6 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Thu 2/7 Portland, ME The Asylum
Fri 2/8 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Sat 2/9 Lynchburg, VA Phase 2
Sun 2/10 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Tue 2/12 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
Thu 2/14 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Fri 2/15 Broussard, LA The Station
Sat 2/16 Beaumont, TX Dixie Dance Hall
Sun 2/17 Little Rock, AR Revolution! Music Room
Tue 2/19 Springfield, IL Boondocks
Thu 2/21 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
Fri 2/22 South Bend, IN Club Fever
Sat 2/23 Cedar Rapids, IA Pepsi Pavilion
August 7, 2012 – What started out as a fun side-project for Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, and Tremonti Project/Creed guitarist Eric Friedman has become PROJECTED. The band’s debut album, HUMAN, will be released September 18 on Connolly’s own Yaya Papu LLC. label. A lyric video for the song “Watch It Burn” can be seen on the band’s YouTube page here.
Produced by Connolly and Elvis Baskette(Alter Bridge, Puddle Of Mudd), the majority of the album’s music and vocals were recorded at Studio 1119, Connolly’s studio in his home office (“when it’s not being used by his wife to pay the bills or his daughter to play Webkins,” he jokes).
For HUMAN’s artwork, PROJECTED reached out to their fans on Facebook to submit their original concepts. The winner’s design graces the final album cover, while 16 runner-ups will have their artwork included in the CD case and on the back cover. One “Wild Card” winning submission will be seen under the disc inside the case. All finalists are receiving a “Top Tier Bundle” music and merchandise package, which includes the CD, T-shirt, autographed poster, sticker, and lifetime VIP laminate, all of which will arrive two weeks before the album is released. All of the submitted artwork can be seen on the band’s website.
“The idea behind this project originally started as nothing more than a group of us who were friends already, going into the studio to just record some tunes we had laying around and basically just have a good time with it,” explains Connolly. “No pressure from labels or any pre-conceived notions or expectations. Just making music and having a good time. HUMAN is the end result of us working without deadlines or budget constraints…or a budget at all.”
“John, Vinny, Eric, and I have shared many miles and many stages together over previous years,” explains Scott Phillips. “We’ve always talked about collaborating and now it’s finally come to fruition. I might possibly be one of the biggest Sevendust fans ever, and to get the opportunity to work with a few of my favorite musicians on the planet, and some of my best friends, means the world to me. We wholeheartedly believe in these songs…believe in John’s vision…and couldn’t be happier about the future of Projected!”
As Vince Hornsby continues, “I’m grateful for the opportunity that I was given to work on this project with John, Scott and Eric. They are great friends and talented musicians. I look forward to getting all the songs out there for everyone to hear and excited about what the future holds.”
And Eric Friedman concludes, “Just a buncha bros doin’ what we love!”
Throughout the album, PROJECTED serves up a healthy dose of the heavy with songs such as, “Alive” and “Breaking Me.” The listener can’t help but hear the Sevendust influences in “Alive,” with Hornsby providing the down-tuned bass tones while Friedman gives the song originality with eccentric guitar riffs. And on “Bring You Back,” Sevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon makes a special appearance on vocals.
“12804” is one of the more personal and emotional songs on the album. To Connolly, this is one of the most prominent tracks due to the lyrical content, which pays tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell, whose life was tragically taken on December 8, 2004. In “12804,” the listener can hear the sorrow in Connolly’s voice and lyrics as he sings: “Somewhere there’s another all in for the other…Two can breathe forever…Nowhere there’s another life into the after…Two can live forever.”
After listening to HUMAN, it’s easy to see and hear that this is just not another supergroup. It is a new band of musicians that have used their talents from being in other well-known bands to create an album that is unique and all of their own. From the opening intro track to the last song, “Breaking Me,” PROJECTED solidifies their presence as a band that has not only created an exuberant album, but as a band with individuals that have come full circle as truly talented and memorable musicians for years to come.
Here’s the complete track listing of HUMAN:
Into HELLo Watch It Burn So Low Bring You Back 12804 Alive The Crown Stella Closure Breaking Me
August 7th, 2012- Today DIGITAL SUMMER releases Breaking Point, their highly anticipated third album with Victim Entertainment. The album features the current charting single “Forget You,” which debuted at #46 on Active Rock charts last week. Breaking Point was recorded in New York with producer Mike Watts(Theory of a Deadman, Deer Hunter, Adelita’s Way), and features a guest performance by Clint Lowery of SEVENDUST.
The album’s first single, “Forget You,” is already playing in rotation on KUPD, SIRIUS XM OCTANE, WWBN, WIIL, WZBH, WXQR, KHTQ, KFMX and KRDJ to name a few.
Breaking Point follows up the band’s 2010-released album, Counting The Hours, that featured the singles “Just Run” and “Hostage” with major market radio play across the country, including their hometown station KUPD-Phoenix, KSHE-St. Louis, WRIF-Detroit and SiriusXM.
DIGITAL SUMMER is currently on tour with 12 Stones and plans to tour on the new album with various artists throughout the year and into 2013.
Breaking Point will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDBaby and most digital retailers.
Michigan rock band POP EVIL has announced their participation in the recently announced SHIPROCKED TOUR 2012. GODSMACK & KORN are slated to headline, along with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, P.O.D., SEVENDUST, IN THIS MOMENT plus many more supporting.
“We are very excited to be a part of this heavy weight line up of bands this year on Shiprocked. It’s going to be the Mother of all Cruises. Pop Evil is ready to set sail,” says frontman Leigh Kakaty.
SHIPROCKED sets sail November 27th through December 1st 2012, For full details and to purchase tickets, go to their official website HERE.
POP EVIL current tour dates: 7/25 Belton, TX Bell County Expo Center
7/26 El Paso, TX Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
7/27 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
7/28 Beaumont, TX Ford Pavilion
7/30 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
7/31 Evansville, IN Ford Center
8/1 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music
8/2 Lima, OH Harry’s Hideaway
8/3 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
8/4 Wausau, WI Wisonsin Valley Fair
8/5 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica
8/7 Syracuse, NY SRC Aren and Events Center
8/8 Falls, NY Glens Falls Civic Center
8/10 Scarborough, ME Scarborough Downs
8/11 Lancaster, PA The Village Night Club
8/12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
8/14 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
8/15 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
8/17 Worcester, MA DCU Center
8/18 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
8/19 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
8/21 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown
8/22 Knoxville, TN Knoxvillle Civic Coliseum
8/24 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
8/25 Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center
8/26 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater
8/28 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
8/30 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
9/20 Oklahoma City, OK State Fair of Oklahoma
w/ Black Label Society
10/18 Halifax, NS Halifax Forum
10/21 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
10/23 Guelph, ON Guelph Concert Theatre
10/24 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
10/26 Thunder Bay, ON Community Auditorium
10/27 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings
10/28 Saskatoon, SK Odeon
10/30 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
10/31 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Centre
11/3 Cancouver, BC The Vogue Theatre
When Candlelight Red recently toured with Sevendust, they automatically struck up a friendship with drummer Morgan Rose.
Realizing that they saw completely eye-to-eye musically, it made perfect sense for Rose to produce Candlelight Red – which will soon become a reality, as both factions will work together on an EP.
“While having Candlelight Red on tour with Sevendust, I was able to get familiar with their music and build a friendship with some of the band members,” explains Rose. “So when they approached me with a desire for me to produce them, I jumped at the opportunity. After talking about what our goals were for the recording, we were happy to realize our goals were one and the same. To capture the band’s live sound is the objective, and it’s gonna happen. I’m beyond excited to get these songs finished and out to their fans!”
And CR guitarist Jeremy Edge shares Rose‘s excitement regarding the upcoming sessions (which will soon commence at Arkitekt Studios in Butler, New Jersey, with Mike Ferretti serving as engineer). “We are beyond pumped to have Morgan work with us! He is not only one of the world’s most phenomenal rock drummers, He is a guy that really gets what the sound and energy of our band is all about. We are going to have some of the most intense CR material our fans have heard yet!”
Fans will be able to catch Candlelight Red on tour this entire summer, as they are currently gearing up for a June tour with Crossfade, as well as grabbing a spot on the multi-band UPROAR Festival. And as the band takes the stage during UPROAR, fans should be able to hear the results of the potent union between Sevendust and Candlelight Red!
ShipRocked 2012 has partnered with Sixx Sense–the national radio show hosted by Nikki Sixx and Kerri Kasem–to give away a trip for two on this year’s ShipRocked cruise. From April 30 through May 16, 2012, Sixx Sense listeners can enter the ShipRocked giveaway online at: www.sixxsense.com/pages/contests/sixxshiprocked.
Now in its fourth year, ShipRocked–Fueled by Monster Energy–is the ultimate rock music cruise vacation. The 2012 cruise features Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Lit, Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), In This Moment and more onboard from November 27 through December 1.
ShipRocked embarks from and returns to Fort Lauderdale, FL, providing guests with four days and nights of music and parties–along with a little relaxation–onboard the MSC Poesia. Ports of call this year include Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas (subject to change).
The Sixx Sense grand prize winner will receive:
• One Oceanview Stateroom for 2 people onboard ShipRocked 2012
• 4-Night Caribbean cruise vacation onboard the MSC Poesia, from Fort Lauderdale to Key West and Nassau
• 2 Round trip coach airfares to Ft. Lauderdale
• 1-Night standard hotel room in Ft. Lauderdale
• Free entry to all ShipRocked concerts, meet and greets, artist hosted events and other activities.
• Complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages, including 24-7 room service
Of the many bands I’ve followed over the last two decades, only a handful have had a strong staying power in my musical library…one such band is Atlanta based powerhouse Sevendust. When I first saw Sevendust, back on a cold winter night twelve years ago at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT, I knew they were going somewhere. Never did I dream that I would be seeing them grace the stage at Woodstock ’99, let alone have the chance to interview the backbone of the band, iconic drumming idol Morgan Rose. While Woodstock was 1999′s biggest concert event… flash forward to 2010, the year in which I finally got to chat with rock’s biggest drummer on a stop of rock’s biggest tour… the Carnival of Madness. Eight albums, one rockstar wife, and one Playmate of the Month wife later, there were many questions to be answered. How does one get the answers to twelve years worth of questions into twelve minutes worth of conversation? Sit back, crack open a cold one, and find out.
AWAY-TEAM: Well Morgan, congratulations on the tour, and the album Cold Day Memory, which I think is destined to become a classic in the Sevendust catalog.
MORGAN ROSE: I appreciate it man.
AWAY-TEAM: I’m really impressed with it. Now, with Cold Day Memory you kinda seem to have gotten back to the core Sevendust sound. Do you attribute that to the chemistry of having a guy like Clint Lowery back in the fold?
MORGAN ROSE: Oh yeah, 100 percent. Ya know, we did three records without him, and we missed him. You know that’s like bringing in that fifth element, ya know. I mean, the sound of our band was always the heavy riffs, the melodic choruses, and the three different voices. Really, to be honest, the last time we really had a decent amount of power on a record was Animosity, because we were dictated to during Seasons alot, so it still sounded like us, but we were told what to do. So we had to kinda groove our direction that way, and we like that record, but Animosity was really the last time that all five of us had the power to be able to do exactly what we wanted, so this was the first time since then, and I think that it showed for sure.
MORGAN ROSE: For sure. Ya know, being a fan first and foremost, you can really see that you guys are clicking on all cylinders again.
MORGAN ROSE: Yeah, definitely. We’re excited. We’re really happy to get him back, and get our little family back together, and get in the studio. Because, you know, we did a lot of touring before we were able to get in there with him, so…it was nice to get back in the studio.
AWAY-TEAM: Now, that album was actually released on your own label 7 Bros. How did 7 Bros. come about? Was it kinda the product of “We’ve been fucked over by TVT, we’ve been fucked over by Winedark, we KNOW we’re not gonna fuck ourselves over”? I mean, how did that come around?
MORGAN ROSE: Uh… Yeah, it was kind of a partnership thing we did through Warner Music, ya know for the first time we were gonna get the real distribution through WEA. We were gonna have the machine through Warner to borrow people to work for us, and help us out. So, even though it’s our own label, and considered an indie, we’ve got the resources all around us, and you add our management In De Goot into the fold, all of a sudden… you’ve got a massive machine at radio with In De Goot; you know Bill McGathy has the been the godfather of radio for a very long time. The combination put us in a position where we felt we had enough behind us to be able to pull this off on our own.
AWAY-TEAM: You’re widely considered to be one of the best drummers of all-time…
MORGAN ROSE: (laughs)
AWAY-TEAM: truthfully, you see it everywhere, it is what it is, right?
MORGAN ROSE: That’s crazy. I’m totally flattered that people think that.
AWAY-TEAM: The most amazing thing to me, is that it’s hard enough to play at the level that you do, but to sing at the same time? That just blows my mind. I mean guys like you, and Phil Collins always amazed me because he had such a great voice, but could play the shit out of the drums at the same time. I’ve always wondered, how do you manage to keep your voice holding one note, and your hands and feet holding another?
MORGAN ROSE: I don’t know. I mean it all really started years ago… I’d be writing parts for other people to do and practice, I’d come up with these parts for other people to sing, and they’d be like “Well why don’t you just sing it?” And I’m like “I don’t wanna be hindered with a microphone back here”, of course the stupid headset came into play, and that was like, that’ll be so you don’t have to move a mic around. As embarassing as that thing might be, I was glad when Tommy Lee wore it, because it opened the door so I would feel a little less embarassed. Ya know, it is what it is. It was one of those things where I developed some ideas, doing something in a certain voice, and everyone just told me they wanted me to do it. In one way, I wish I never would’ve brought it up, in another way it helped define our sound a bit having that extra voice.
AWAY-TEAM: You say, in one way you wish you never did it. Is it because it’s just kind of a burden as your trying to play?
MORGAN ROSE: Uh… it’s not hard to do, I think it’s probably more that I’m just completely combustive back there. Ya know I’d like to just lose my mind, and I do the best that I can, but ya know that things in my way and…I mean I’ve gotta do all kinds of prep work to make sure that thing doesn’t fly off. So I use a mic that’s not really a state of the art microphone, just because it’s the only one that’ll stay on my head the way that I play. So I’ve got a mic that’s not really the highest quality, just because I wanna make sure I can play the way that I want to play. But at the same time, that voice lends itself to distortion, so if the mic breaks up a little bit it kinda adds to the sound live.
AWAY-TEAM:Does having Clint back in the fold lift some of that vocal burden from you?
MORGAN ROSE: Uh, yeah, ya know the harmony stuff was always left up to him. When he was gone Vinny and John took over that area. So it’s not so much of a change as far as how much I’m doing, but on this record, ya know Clint has quite a heavy voice of his own, so he took a little bit of the grunt, or some of that work from me, so I don’t have to worry about doing as much. So yeah, it’s helped out in lightening the workload on me a little bit.
AWAY-TEAM: You guys have been out touring and playing for a long time. I remember the first time I saw you guys, back in ’98, at a little club called the Webster Theater in Hartford, you were there with Godsmack, Kid Rock, and I think One Minute Silence, and Second Coming. You’ve come a long way from that thus far, in fact I even saw you guys play at Woodstock ’99. So what’s been the absolute highlight of your career so far?
MORGAN ROSE: I mean, ya know when we went over and played for the troops, that was a big highlight for us. We played for some big crowds, and we played for some small ones, but overall to think that we’re just “five little rednecks from Georgia” that twelve years later, actually twelve years signed, but fifteen years later these kids that grew up playing a little bar in Atlanta called The Rec Room in front of fifty to a hundred people are now being invited to go and play for the men and women who protect our country, and to be personally invited to do that was just an honor. Not a lot of people get to do things like that, so we felt very blessed, and it made us feel amazing inside. We’ve had so many opportunities to do, ya know, Woodstock and some of the tours that we’ve done, they’ve been great, they’ve been highlights, but to do something like that. It just sets itself apart.
AWAY-TEAM: It’s good to see people giving back to those guys.
MORGAN ROSE: Oh Yeah!
AWAY-TEAM: You mentioned Tommy Lee earlier, Tommy has a tremendous amount of respect for you. You actually got to fill in for him a few times, how was that experience? I mean it’s fucking Motley Crue, was it intimidating? Was it exciting? How’d that all pan out?
MORGAN ROSE: It was terrifying, because I got the call to do that just a few hours before I actually hit the stage. I mean, I got the call and in two hours I was at the airport getting on a plane that I barely made, to Cincinnati, to get to the venue, and in another two hours I was on stage. And I didn’t know how to play any of the songs, I mean it was nerve-wracking to say the least. But he’s one of my best friends, and I love him dearly, and for him to call me and have me fill in for him in a pinch was definitely an honor. And to be able to, I can put that in my memory bank, and in my book of accomplishments. I mean Nikki Sixx actually put out a press release, that said “As of now Motley Crue’s a five man band”, and I was like “WOW” that was cool.
AWAY-TEAM: You’ve had some dark times in the past few years. You admittedly were not in it mentally, but you’ve pulled through and seem to have a renewed vigor. You’ve just put out one of your best albums to date, where’s Morgan Rose at now? And what’s the plan after Sevendust?
MORGAN ROSE: I’m in a great place right now. I’ve got a great girlfriend that…I think that, short of doing this for a living and some of the damage that it does to you out here, ya know it is sort of a fantasy world, I mean everything that we do out here is so far from reality sometimes, that you get home and you gotta learn how to be a human being again. And we spend so much time on the road, that sometimes your decision making on the people that you’re with can be a little clouded. I’ve got two great kids, out of the people that I’ve made the decision to be with prior to my current girlfriend… and there was a lot of quick decisions that were made without really knowing each other well enough. And then with those situations, I’ve lived and learned and we’re taking it at the right pace I think. I’ve got a great girl, and I’ve got great kids, and I get along with both the exes just fine, so… I’m in a much better place now than I’ve been in, god ya know, maybe ever.
AWAY-TEAM: That’s about all that you can ask for, to get along with the exes. (laughs)
MORGAN ROSE: Yeah. And as far as after Sevendust, I don’t know. It occupies so much of your time, ya know Clint works endlessly on trying to create music for this band, or for somebody else or, that’s his outlet to be able to stay consistently working on music. You know he’s gonna have a baby soon, and that’ll probably slow him down, and he knows it. It’s something that I think about, but I’m still thinking that we got this thing on the track right now for a while to come, ya know, our bodies are not breaking down as quick as I thought they would. Ya know, fifteen years of playing together, and thirteen years on the road, you’d figure that the bodies would break down quicker than they have, and “knock on wood” we’re doing pretty good.
AWAY-TEAM: So, no plans on being a pro craps player? Because I hear you guys are getting a bit of practice.
MORGAN ROSE: (laughs) Oh we’re doing… we play cee-lo back there.
AWAY-TEAM:Lewis (Cosby of the band 10 years) was telling me that. (laughs)
MORGAN ROSE: Oh yeah man. That’s our little getaway. I mean, after doing this for so long, it’s like you’ll find anything to spice up the situation, and that’s fun and you might walk away with a few bucks as well.
>AWAY-TEAM:You have a clothing company called Alien Freak Wear. How did that get started? And I understand a portion of the proceeds go to charity?
MORGAN ROSE: Yeah. And that thing totally got started, actually the brains behind the whole thing was my first wife (former Coal Chamber bassist Rayna Foss). I was doing a signing one day, and I signed that little alien face, and I started signing that on all my autographs because people wanted me to do it, and it sort of became my logo. She said you should put it on a t-shirt and sell it, and I was like “I don’t know who would buy it”. She told me “You’d be surprised, you’ve got a pretty loyal group of people that follow your band and it wouldn’t be that tough, and we could do something for the kids, and for charity…” I though it couldn’t hurt, and we’ll do it just to see what happens, and it did really well. And then I went through a divorce, and we shut it down. Then I got re-married (to former PlaymateTeri Harrison), she said “You should do that again”, and I did it again, and I got a divorce, and I shut it down…and then ya know, it started up again, and it’s doing real well now.
AWAY-TEAM: Is there any particular charity that goes to? Or is it just kinda spread out?
MORGAN ROSE: Uh, well we’ve changed it a few times. Give a little bit out here, a little bit out there. The Children’s Shelter of Atlanta, is one of the ones that we like dealing with alot.
AWAY-TEAM: In a movie about your life, who plays you?
MORGAN ROSE: Probably uh, Screech. (laughs) No…
MORGAN ROSE: God, I don’t know. Probably Screech! (laughs) That’s probably closer to how things have been going, I think I made out better, hopefully, than Screech, but early on I think I was probably Screech.
AWAY-TEAM: Being the second band out on this tour, and coming out so early, as opposed to what you’re used to in being a headliner, how does that change your daily routine? And is it a welcome change?
MORGAN ROSE: Yeah, I mean it’s cool, it’s a short set. We’re in and out, so we usually don’t stay up until four or five anymore, because when you finish a show at midnight it takes a while to wind down. Here, we’re off by seven, and ready to go to bed by midnight. So a little more rest, and we love all the guys out on the tour, so we have a good time with ‘em, so it’s really easy actually.
AWAY-TEAM: So with a short set like that, how do you choose a set list? And aside from the new stuff, is there an old Sevendust staple that must be played every night?
MORGAN ROSE: Uh, yeah, “Face to Face” gets played every night no matter what. That’s the one song that never leaves. But like “Black” is in and out, “Denial” is in and out, “Praise” is in there every night too.
AWAY-TEAM: I think my all time favorite is “Wired”
MORGAN ROSE: Yeah, we haven’t played that one in a while!
AWAY-TEAM: I know! So aside from the travel, and missing your family and girlfriend, what’s the hardest part of being on the road?
MORGAN ROSE: Eating. Eating the right stuff!
AWAY-TEAM: I hear that. (laughs) Ten words or less, describe the Carnival of Madness.
MORGAN ROSE: A lot of dice, a lot of drinking, a lot of sleep!
AWAY-TEAM: (laughs) Well hey Morgan, thanks for your time, it’s been an honor.
MORGAN ROSE: Thank you, I really appreciate it.
AWAY-TEAM: Hopefully we’ll talk again soon in the near future.
MORGAN ROSE: Sounds good, man. Talk to you soon.
You can catch Sevendust on this fall’s Hard Drive Live Tour with special guests 10 Years and Since October