Sevendust To Road-Test New Songs On Summer Trek

Band also gearing up for acoustic tour; new album set for October release.

When Sevendust hit the road next month, they'll hit it with jackhammers and chainsaws, and they'll have plenty of gas. In other words, they'll be there to rip it up and there'll be no end in site.

Sevendust are no strangers to endless touring. They've routinely played more than 200 concerts per year and helped show former opening bands Staind, Disturbed and System of a Down the ropes.

"I can't point the finger at anybody or anything, but it's really ironic when you look at the bands that opened up for us and see how many records they've [since] sold," Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose said. "I don't really know what the deal is with that, but I think we've influenced a lot of those bands."

The yet-untitled fourth Sevendust record will come out in October, and the band will road-test many of the 17 songs it's recorded for the disc during a trek that starts August 14 in New Orleans. The bandmembers might as well sublet their houses because they'll be on the road for most of the next year. And that's perfectly fine with them.

"I can't wait to get out and play because when we go on tour, we feel like we're going out to visit family," Rose said. "It's not like, 'Aw, man, we gotta go back out on tour and we won't see our friends and family.' It's more like going to see Aunt June and Uncle Fred and having a blast."

After an August 29 gig in Johnson City, Tennessee, Sevendust will take a brief break before heading back out to play a batch of acoustic dates. The first will be September 10 in Tampa, Florida, and the band will also play Tallahassee, Florida; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio; Albany, New York; and Atlanta.

"Doing acoustic sets was always tough for us, but then we started screwing around with some of the songs and changing the beats a bit and reinventing things and that turned out really cool," Rose said. "We were invited to do [an acoustic] set in Orlando, and we did it, and the vibe was great. It was so weird. Here's a band that usually tries to destroy everything in sight for 90 minutes, and we're just sitting up there on stools for an hour and playing. We're usually so out of control onstage, so to stop for a minute and take a breather and play like that was a breath of fresh air."

Originally, Sevendust planned a longer acoustic tour, but they were invited to open a major stint with Staind, which will start at the end of September.

"I'd love to have played as many acoustic things as we could, because it allows me to save my body for a few days and not put it through that damn washer and dryer every night," Rose said. "But we're gonna go through a lot of major markets with Staind, and it didn't make sense to run through acoustic and then come back a week later."

Sevendust's warm-up tour, according to TVT Records:

  • 8/14 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

  • 8/15 - Chattanooga, TN @ Cricket Pavilion

  • 8/16 - Jackson, MS @ Club Crazy 8

  • 8/18 - Fayetteville, AR @ Dave's on Dickson

  • 8/19 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre

  • 8/21 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater

  • 8/22 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

  • 8/23 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill Nite Club

  • 8/24 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place

  • 8/26 - Knoxville, TN @ Blue Cats

  • 8/27 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

  • 8/28 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

  • 8/29 - Johnson City, TN @ Rafters