Sevendust is one of the most successful and popular alternative metal bands to emerge from the 1990s. They were founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994 by Lajon Witherspoon, Clint Lowery, John Connolly, Vince Hornsby, and Morgan Rose. The lineup has remained unchanged minus a stretch beginning in 2005 when Sonny Mayo replaced Lowery. The original lineup was back in place in 2008.
The members of Sevendust know how to name a band. Their first two names, Rumblefish and Crawlspace, were already being used. Crawlspace tried to sell their moniker for $50,000 but the band declined their generous offer. Instead, they settled on “Sevendust,” a referenced to the insecticide “Sevin Dust.”
Sevendust released their self-titled debut in April of 1997. One track from that opus is very familiar to fans with Sevendust tickets. From its release in ‘97 to 2004, track number one from their rookie effort, “Black,” opened almost every Sevendust concert.
In 2002, after the death of Witherspoon’s younger brother, the band went on hiatus. They returned in 2003 with their fourth studio effort, Seasons. The album peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200. The opus contains the smash hit single “Enemy.” That song was used as the theme for WWE Unforgiven 2003.
Sevendust signed with WineDark Records in 2005. At first, it was a terrific move. Their 2005 studio release, Next, debuted at number twenty. A few months later, the band was beginning to realize that WineDark was coming uncorked. Fans would ask when the new record drops even though it had been out for months.
It was in this environment that the band found themselves on the verge of bankruptcy. Sevendust had bills to pay but with WineDark’s collapse they had no financial backing. Even worse, their accountant hadn’t paid their taxes. They owed $120,000 to Uncle Sam and $1 million overall.
Fortunately for Sevendust, they were able to get back into the black thanks to their next album, Alpha. The work peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200. It was promoted with a successful concert tour that contained more than 50 stops.
Over the years, Sevendust has performed all over the world including Ozzfest 1998, Woodstock 1999, the Soundwave Festival, the 48 Hours Festival, and in Iraq and Afghanistan for U.S. troops.
Sevendust has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.