If you ask Sevendust lead singer Lajon Witherspoon, all the animosity the members of the Atlanta-based hard rock act once possessed is behind them. The group still named its new TVT album "Animosity,"
If you ask Sevendust lead singer Lajon Witherspoon, all the animosity the members of the Atlanta-based hard rock act once possessed is behind them. The group still named its new TVT album "Animosity," but Witherspoon was referring to his feelings toward the group's former manager, who he feels mishandled their career. This, despite the fact that the group once played more than 300 shows in an 18-month stretch.
But Witherspoon tells Billboard.com that new management (with Jeff Hanson Management & Promotions, who also handle Creed) has restored Sevendust's faith in the business. He says the group's current U.S. tour, which kicked off last weekend and runs through a Feb. 26 date in New Orleans, is almost like starting over.
"Taking this on the road is the best thing in the world," Witherspoon says. "The music is good. I felt like for a while there at the end [of the last tour], we were going through the motions. There were so many things keeping us down, as far as us just trying to be the best and the hardest working band that we can be, we lost hold on the business end of things. But with God willing, everything is good, I'm smiling, my band is smiling, and the energy is there. It's exciting again for us."
So far, "Animosity" has sold nearly 300,000 units in the U.S. according to Soundscan, which is modest in the Linkin Park-dominated market. But the band hopes to build on those numbers as they crisscross the U.S. With the new album's first single, "Praise," breaking into the top-20 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, Sevendust is now in video pre-production for the next single, "Live Again," which is of the mellower variety.
"We're going to calm it down for a minute and then come back and kick that ass real hard with something like 'Crucified' or 'Trust,'" Witherspoon says.
Once the U.S. dates conclude, Sevendust will hook up with former touring mates Creed for a few shows in Australia and New Zealand in mid-March. As for its summer plans, an opening slot on a proposed Creed stadium tour is a possibility. However, Witherspoon says another stint on Ozzfest -- the annual summertime metal showcase that will this year feature Ozzy Osbourne and System Of A Down -- would also suffice.
"That would be great, too," Witherspoon offers. "I would love to work with [tour organizer] Sharon [Osbourne] and Ozzy again. We did it in 1998 when we were like 13 years old. We were babies. Sharon, ask us to do that Ozzfest. We'll do it!"
As previously reported, Sevendust has contributed the new track "Corrected" to the "Music From and Inspired by 'The Scorpion King'" soundtrack, due March 26 from Universal.