Sevendust Drummer Says Livestream Concerts are “Super Weird”
Sevendust are planning a livestream concert tomorrow, January 8, at which they’ll be performing their landmark 2001 album, Animosity, from start to finish. It won’t be the first livestream they’ve done in the Covid-era, having performed a more standard set of hits from throughout their career in October, along with a few cuts from their new album, Blood & Stone.
In a recent chat with Aftershocks TV, Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose articulated what a whole ton of musicians putting on livestream concerts for the first time in 2020 must be thinking: the experience is very awkward with no audience participation of any kind to feed off of. Despite the strange experience of the performance in October, he’s looking forward to the Animosity stream now that he knows what to expect.
“It was terrible. It sucked. The only thing that saved it was we hadn’t seen each other in a long time. So we were excited to see each other. We were excited to be able to play together again.
“But there was some anxiety. I hadn’t played a real show, like playing hard, in probably about a year. It was wild; it was wild to do that. And the people not being there, it felt like when we were first starting out — going on tour and having three or four people out there. We had a few crew guys and a few lighting guys out there, and that was about it.
“So I just tried to go inside, you know, imagine. I played a lot with my eyes closed on that — I just tried to envision there being people there. I don’t really see the people that much when we’re playing live anymore either, but the response and the sound of it — that’s the drug. That feeling of ‘that’s fulfillment.’ That’s the sound of you just pleased somebody. So that’s what I get out of it. So to not have that, it was, like, ‘Damn.’ And Lajon [Witherspoon, vocals] said a few things, like he was talking to the crowd through the TV, and that made me feel super weird.
“But we’re gonna do another one, and we know what we’re getting ourselves into now, so I’m sure that it’ll be much better. We’ll be prepared a little better as far as what to expect. I’m not a huge fan of them, though. I know that people said that they liked it, and that’s all that really counts, and I always enjoy playing with the guys. It’s a win-win, but it’s fuckin’ weird.”
The Animosity performance will take place tomorrow (January 8) at 9pm EST / 6pm PST; get your ticket right here.
Blood & Stone came out in October and is available here; you can stream the single “Dying to Live” below.
Rose unveiled his very first solo album, Controlled Chaos, in November. We’ll post “The Answer” from that below as well.