Despite the name of his band's new album, Animosity, there's nothing but love between Sevendust's Lajon Witherspoon and Aaron Lewis.
The Staind frontman sings backup to Witherspoon on "Follow," a track off Sevendust's third album, due November 13, a few weeks later than previously expected. The two singers recorded the collaboration in July at TransContinental Studios in Orlando, Florida, where much of Animosity was also tracked, according to a TVT Records spokesperson.
"Aaron and Jon [Wysocki] from Staind flew in and were playing golf with [Sevendust drummer] Morgan [Rose], so we just said, 'Hey, would you like to come down to the studio and do a song?' " Witherspoon explained in a statement. "So Aaron came down, we let him listen to a couple of tracks, he heard 'Follow,' and I said, 'I think this would be a great song for you to sing on.' So he did the second verse and some harmonies on it, and it turned out great."
Although "Follow" packs a special-guest punch, "Praise" will serve as the album's first single. The song is expected to surface at radio later this month.
Sevendust, who are on the road with Drowning Pool (see "Sevendust, Drowning Pool Team Up For Tour"), will also release a home video DVD on Tuesday. "Retrospect" features six concert performances recorded at Chicago's Metro in September 1998 and included in 1999's "Live and Loud" VHS home video; three videos from the group's last album, 1999's Home; and the clip for "Angel's Son," a song that appeared on the 2000 compilation album Strait Up, a tribute to late Snot singer Lynn Strait. (A new version of "Angel's Son," with Sevendust backing Witherspoon, is also among Animosity's tracks. The Strait Up version was recorded with the surviving Snot members.) Interview clips and several concert and TV performances are also included on the DVD.
For an interview with Staind, check out "Staind: Emotional Rescue."