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Morgan Rose of Sevendust Interview

31 July 2010 34 Comments

By: Andrew

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Thank you very much to all of you who are about to either read the synopsis or download the audio of our conversation with Morgan Rose. The band was trekking through the woods of Maine during the interview, and Morgan’s phone cut in and out, and died on three occasions. We did the best we could to piece the audio together and salvage the sound. Enjoy.

Sevendust is arguably the best live band in rock music today. Published reports show Sevendust blowing Puddle Of Mudd off the stage on a nightly basis. I implore our entire audience to pick up Cold Day Memory and check them out when they come to a city near you. You won’t be sorry.

We began by welcoming Morgan Rose to All Knowing Force. We’re all about kicking off conversations in shocking, innovative ways.

* We opened by talking about the Carnival Of Madness Tour, which they’re doing right now with Shinedown (headliner), Chevelle (direct support), Puddle Of Mudd, Sevendust, and 10 Years.

– it’s difficult going on so early, as they’re used to taking naps at that time when they’re headlining
– “It’s been a really cool tour for us.”
– “We’ve been left out to dry the last few years when it’s come to summer tours.”
– referred to not doing the Mayhem tour a few years ago as a “bad decision”
– their management offered them Carnival Of Madness, as all the bands on the bill share the same management
– talked about Sevendust going on second, and said that they felt they should be going on later in the day, but were fine with their slot
– passed up Mayhem a few years ago, as mentioned above, primarily for financial reasons (the tour wasn’t paying enough), but said that wasn’t the case with Carnival Of Madness
– said doing that Mayhem tour would have “financially crippled the band”
– talked about doing only a 40 minute set and the realities of going on at 5:50 in the afternoon
– says by the time they go on, they’re playing to only 500-1000 less people than capacity, and that Puddle Of Mudd probably has the best slot of the day as far as fans go, because they’re all there by then, and have had a few drinks
– would have liked to be in Puddle Of Mudd’s position on the bill

* Being one of the most respected bands in music

Morgan Rose

* Black Label Society Tour

– loved the tour, but was initially nervous about it due to the biker aspect of Black Label fans
– “one of the best tours we ever did”
– “I would like to do that one again.”

* The Future

* Chapter VII

– “That (the making of the record) was a straight-up situation of being under a management company that was robbing us blind.”
– Sevendust had major money issues at the time
– said he wasn’t into writing on the record
– “being in the band and not being a fan of it is not a good sign”
– his least favorite Sevendust album is Chapter VII
– the Clint situation around that time
– having Clint back made the Chapter VII album cycle easier
– said from day one of Clint coming back, they were thinking about how to get another record out (Clint came back right as Chapter VII was released)

* We talked with Morgan about potentially doing a tour where a Sevendust record was played in its entirety. He spoke about going from a heavier, more aggressive band on their debut and Home, but then seeing the label (TVT Records) attempt to turn them into more of a radio band. He spoke about opening for Creed, and the identity of the band at that time. An interesting point was made about that, where he talked about being able to open for Creed and being able to open for Slipknot, yet neither of those bands could play with each other. Sevendust then fell in the middle, and wasn’t really accepted by either group of fans. As far as now goes, in regards to their fans, he says, “I don’t know where we sit now. I don’t know what kind of people come to see our band.”

* Touring Outside the United States

– takes some of the blame, and said that most of the band dislikes to fly, especially him and Lajon
– for three years in the beginning, the band refused to fly out of the country
– couldn’t afford to go to Europe because of no tour support
– said they went to Europe recently and paid $70,000 out of pocket, and then went again for another $50,000 out of pocket

* His favorite New York City moment was selling out Hammerstein Ballroom



Cold Day Memory, the 8th studio album by Sevendust is in stores now, and don’t forget to catch them live on this summer’s Carnival Of Madness Tour, which rolls into PNC on August 5th.

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  • Krazy Baby said:

    I’m going to go out on a limb (sarcastic!) and bet my life the entire segment will be how Shinedown sucks and Sevendust should headline.

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  • Kreator said:

    I bought tickets for Carnival Of Madness for the sole purpose of seeing Sevendust. 40 f’n minutes. That’s all I got and a crap set to boot. Shinedown played for 2 damn hours. WTF gives? I wish I would have remember he was going to be on the show because he needs to know this slot is a load of horse crap.

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  • gubed said:

    Add another FOUR!! to what Kreator said above. We were pissed when we arrived only to hear Sevendust went on at 5:25! I wanted to blow my brains out listening to Puddle Of Mudd.

    Morgan Rose is cut from the same cloth as Andrew and it’s prolly the main reason I can’t listen to AKF. They both whine about money and finances and blame everything on that. Put those two together and those two negative don’t make a positive. I refuse to listen to that audio.

    Korn and Shinedown are headlining summer package tours. Think about that for a second. Think about it. KORN AND SHINEDOWN. And some of you people have the nuts to bitch about Ozzy and Motley Crue.

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  • Carla said:

    I’ve been on the inside for several package tours over the years and *MOST* promoters do it solely based on album sales.

    I’m not sure if you guys know this but all these bands are under the same management umbrella, so Sevendust’s ability to negotiate a later slot was limited.

    I don’t know where some of you guys and gals are from but outside of NYC, Shinedown is ALL OVER radio. They’re the next “it” band and maybe they’re already there. I don’t know how but they are. Based on that success, they should headline larger venues over Sevendust.

    In a club? Come on! Can you imagine being in a band and having to go on AFTER Sevendust?!

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  • Ian said:

    Please bring back the live shows AND please take calls again! It’s been what – a year?!

    @ Krazy Baby: I know that’s going to come too. He’s very predictable but it’s great to know it’s coming. He’s been tame. I think it’s due to the shows not being live.


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  • Ace Orton said:

    The interview will be posted when these two ass clowns crawl out from under Morgan Rose’s asshole.

    “Sevendust. Sevendust. Sevendust” Enough all ready!

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  • venomouscowboy said:

    Amen. Live shows. What’s the hold-up?

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  • 1942 said:

    You know deep down inside Wes Scantlin hates having to go on after 7D!

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  • Carla said:

    Wes Scantlin should hate going on after anyone. How has this band been relevant since Come Clean? They haven’t!

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  • Dissonance said:

    I think that guy’s claim to fame is looking like Edge from WWE. I haven’t hear but 1 song they did since Come Clean. I dig Chevelle and their approach is really stripped down. When I saw the tour last week, they didn’t even have anything on the stage – not a banner, nothing.

    I left before Shinedown. Nuff said.

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  • 888 said:

    Sonny Mayo: The band took some heat for dismissing him and welcoming back Clint. There was no way in hell that could have been done without a backlash. Sonny did a sick job while he was there and just was the victim of the music business. Chapter 7 was written with Sonny so Clint had nothing to do with it and I’m sick and tired of hearing the Clint bashing from certain people on line.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    I actually have a lot of comments on some of your posts. I value each and every opinion posted, whether or not I agree.

    @ gubed – I’m impressed. “Debug” backwards. Original. Your comment about Morgan Rose “whining” about finances and equating it with me “whining” about finances is a stretch. Morgan Rose is speaking the truth, whereas I tend to focus on financial matters because that’s what holds my interest. Stop trying to make something out of nothing. I agree with all your other statements made up to this point in this thread.

    @ Ace Orton – Odds are, you’re a wrestling fan. I see someone else also mentioned Edge above as well. The RKO is an awesome finishing maneuver. As far as your comment eluding to the fact that Darius and I are up Morgan Rose’s ass, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are both huge fans of Sevendust and do everything we can to promote their music to the younger generation, as well as to let the older generation know they’re still out there getting it done. Oh, and I was always more of a Roddy Piper guy.

    @ Krazy Baby – You hit the nail on the head. If you’re talking about exposure, Shinedown should headline. However, Sevendust is the best live band on that bill. I think Shinedown would even admit that. Obviously, Shinedown has found a formula that works. I enjoyed them when “45” was out as a single, and loved their “Simple Man” cover. As of right now, I don’t particularly care for them. But, they have an audience. They’re headlining large venues. All the power to them.

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  • Dennis said:

    Sevendust needs to be taken out by Disturbed or Godsmack. That simple.

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  • darius said:

    sevendust went out with disturbed less than 2 years ago.

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  • Dennis said:

    I know that Darius. Stop flexing your muscles.

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  • Uriah Heep said:

    All this Sevendust love makes me so pumped to see them live.

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  • godblessya said:

    They get talked up so much on All Knowing Force that you almost feel compelled to go check them out once.

    If there was one band I “grew up with” it would have to be 7D. That says tons.

    Look at Korn. I see they got a review out of you guys on their latest crap release. Loved them back in the day. Can’t stand them now.

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  • cynic said:

    When did 7D play Coney Island High? Did I hear that right?

    Their 1st NYC show was at Irving Plaza on I think that tour mentioned during the show. Wasn’t Coal Chamber support on that?

    Gravity Kills – hahahahahahahaha

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  • d-shields76 said:

    I listened to the show and want to add to what several above have said and say DO LIVE SHOWS AND TAKE CALLS AGAIN!

    I think the promoter did the slotting based on sales. Live, 7D draws more in nearly all markets than POM, 10 Years & Chevelle.

    POM is so out of place man. I’ll let you know when I see this debacle at PNC. Gonna see if I can snag some tickets on eBay.

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  • Dissonance said:

    The only thing that saved them on Chapter 7 was Clint coming back because that record was so-so. Glad Morgan copped to it too.

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  • Vinny said:

    Dissonance – Morgan is pc to a point bro. Of course he’d cop to it. Decent little interview gentleman.

    Glad to see live shows are back!

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  • 5150 said:

    Just wondering when everyone on this site’s first Sevendust show was?

    I saw them with Limp Bizkit and Clutch at Hammerstein in I think 97.

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  • Mike said:

    Morgan Rose and 7DUST are the best band and solid group of guys out there in the business. KoRn’s new album is awesome also how could you be a fan of Life Is Peachy and not like this album, it’s back to the “old” sound that everybody wanted.

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    Irving Plaza was the first and I think Coal Chamber and Day In The Life were on the bill as well.

    The second time I saw them was on Seasons and hey played the Hippodrome in Springfield, MA.

    Kids, adults, parents – you don’t know what you’re missing. I agree with Andrew on very little and don’t know Darius well enough to have formulated an opinion, but they are right – GET THE FUCK OUT THERE AND SUPPORT THIS BAND.

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  • darius said:

    my first 7dust show was at the Tabernacle in our homebase of ATL. one of the greatest venues in the entire country. this was back in 2001 during the Animosity cycle. nonpoint was direct support. the seed was planted that night, my friends.

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  • Anthrax said:

    Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence when they brought Diecast out with them. I actually gave in because AKF raved about them and had nothing to do that night. Hooked ever since and will continue to follow Sonny in all his endeavors.

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  • Andrew (author) said:

    My first Sevendust show was at 1st Ave in Minneapolis many years ago. I’ve seen them about 6 times since.

    Morgan is an okay cat man. Gravity Kills took a lot of shit on that tour he was mentioning man.

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  • Xpected4 said:

    9:30 Club in Washington DC

    Cool spot fellas. I’m gonna pick up CDM. It’s only 10 and worth a listen. I bought Chapter 7 and hated it.

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  • smasherdevourer said:

    they been omitting black from the set list in the past year and morgan said it right during the interview but his # is wrong, like 75% don’t know terminator or too close

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  • Alpine said:

    Is it just me or does Morgan sound exhausted here?

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  • Morgan K said:

    I actually missed COM in Southaven, MS due to another commitment, but got to interview Sam of Chevelle two weeks before. I asked him about the lineup and when he told me 7D was second I thought that was messed up!! Puddle of Mudd hasn’t had a good song since Pyscho and no album has been as good as Come Clean. As far as material and being a kick butt live band, SEVENDUST is the freakin’ best among everyone on the COM bill!!! Granted, I like all the bands on the COM tour. The only one I haven’t seen live before is Shinedown. But, come the heck on, Shinedown hasn’t been around as long or has so much amazing material to be a damn headliner!!! I don’t care if they are still selling The Sound of Madness or not. That’s screwed up!!! Can you tell that this pisses me off? The line up should have been as follows ~ 10 Years, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle, Shinedown and then Sevendust headlining!!! You want to keep your older fans happy with bands like these. I swear, some music management people need to hit the flippin’ bricks and give someone like myself who is a bit younger but not too young and a helluva lot of music knowledge a chance to give us ‘normal’ folks what they want from the music biz!!! I could make a kick a** music festival line up!!!
    BTW, my first live 7D show was in 2007 when Clint came back. I’ve since then seen them live 3 times, one of those times with Disturbed.

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  • Morgan K said:

    I just wanted to let certain people on this site know that I decided to give Alpha a chance and have actually grown to love the album!! Sometimes I find their more heavy hitting, more Morganesce screaming like songs not very good. I listened to your comments and gave it a chance!! I love Alpha but it is not Animosity. Animosity will always be the best 7D album in my opinion.

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