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SEVENDUST Guitarist Clarifies Recent Retirement Statements

They'll still be around, just less frequently.

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Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose recently commented about the band's potential plans to wrap things up and move to being a more part-time group with an accompanying farewell-type tour. Now in a new interview with, Sevendust guitarist John Connolly clarified that the band isn't planning a definitive end and is simply moving toward a model where albums and tours happen less frequently.

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"It's funny. Any time that we talk about this stuff, people are, like, 'Oh, that's it. They're quittin'. It's the end.' It's really not that at all. I mean, we're realists. We ask ourselves, are we gonna be jumping off trampolines and drum risers and stuff when we're 80? Are we gonna wanna do 300 shows a year when we're 80? Probably not. But I look a band like The Stones and I go, but you can still go out and do something whenever you wanna do it. So that's sort of what we've… I think what we're doing is we're looking at making records — at some point in time making records and doing a big tour to support the record. I don't think it's gonna be something that we're gonna wanna do like we're doing it now.

"I think we'll always make music in some way, shape or form or another, even if it's small doses, and I think we'll always tour — in small doses," he explained. "Pick and choose those moments, not grind it out. Do it enough to where it keeps you wantin' to do it."

Connolly later added that Sevendust plans on being around for a while, saying "As you get older, the family time starts to weight down on the scale, as it should. And we've all got families and we've all got kids of different ages, going through different points — some are in elementary school; some are getting ready to go to college; some [are] drivin,' which is crazy. There's more to life, and I think we've all appreciated the fact that we wanna nurture Sevendust to the point where we could perpetually do it forever. But you're not gonna see us three times coming through New York City on a tour. If we come through once, okay.

"But, yeah, you've gotta look at the age thing; you've gotta look at the motivation; you've gotta look at the family thing — you've gotta look at all of it and weigh it out. And instead of saying, 'That's it. We're wrapping it up,' we're just saying, I think we're gonna move into something different; we're just gonna move into a different model."

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Sevendust recently announced a new leg of their 20th (21st now thanks to COVID) anniversary tour for their 2001 album Animosity. The tour will kick off on September 9 and feature openers Nonpoint, Bastardane, and Burden Of The Sky. Check out those dates below.

9/9 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Fest
9/10 Cherokee, NC – The Event Center at Harrah's
9/12 Elmira, NY – The L
9/13 Portland, ME – Aura
9/15 New York, NY – The Palladium
9/16 Sayreville, NJ – The Starland Ballroom
9/17 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
9/18 Reading, PA – Reverb
9/20 Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
9/22 McHenry, IL – The Vixen
9/23 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theater
9/24 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
9/26 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
9/28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room
9/29 Tampa, FL – Janus Landing
9/30 Destin, FL – Club LA
10/1 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore

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