New Member, Album, Dates For Sevendust

Through a series of notes posted on the band's Web site and sent to fans over the last few days, the members of Sevendust have revealed a number of developments.

Through a series of notes posted on the band's Web site and sent to fans over the last few days, the members of Sevendust have revealed a number of developments. Amidst working on the follow-up to 2003's "Seasons" (TVT), the group has added Snot guitarist Sonny Mayo to the fold and plans to debut the new lineup, and presumably new material, via a series of April tour dates.

"I joined Sevendust over a month ago and could not be happier," Mayo says in a note on the band's new official Web site, Sevendust.info. "To have the opportunity to be in one of my favorite bands with some of my favorite people is a true blessing. When they called I dropped everything and came to Orlando [Fla.], to start working."

Mayo replaces Clint Lowery, who abruptly exited Sevendust in mid-December due to "personal issues" while the band was on its last road run in support of "Seasons." Though contracted to a four-piece, Sevendust honored its remaining tour commitments before regrouping and recruiting its newest member.

"Sonny has brought so much to the table musically as well as spiritually," drummer Morgan Rose says. "I can't describe how happy we all are."

"Everything is beautiful," adds frontman Lajon Witherspoon. "I feel that at this point Sevendust is stronger than we've ever been."

Sevendust, which is rounded out by guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vinnie Hornsby, will open its tour April 6 in Tampa, Fla., with Skindred and Bobaflex supporting. At deadline, 11 dates were confirmed, with more expected.

Released in October 2003, "Seasons" debuted at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 287,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set featured several hits on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart: "Enemy" (No. 10), "Broken Down" (No. 20) and "Face to Face" (No. 22).

Last year, the band released the CD/DVD "Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live." Captured during an acoustic tour that preceded the release of "Seasons," the set bowed at No. 90 on The Billboard 200.

Here are Sevendust's confirmed tour dates:

April 6: Tampa, Fla. (Masquerade)
April 7: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
April 8: New Orleans (House of Blues)
April 9: San Antonio, Texas (Sunset Station)
April 10: Houston (Meridian)
April 13: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
April 14: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
April 15: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
April 16: Sparks, Nev. (The New Oasis)
April 21: Chicago (House of Blues)
April 30: Hampton Beach, N.H. (Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom)