A talk with Sevendust lead guitarist Clint Lowery
By Jessi Virtusio Gig of the Weekemail@example.com September 14, 2011 4:04PM
Sevendust is headlining the Best Buy Music Gear Stage at Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. | Jeremy Adamo photo
at Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival
♦ 2 p.m. Sept. 18
♦ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park
Tickets, $10-$48.75 for second pavilion, $48.75-$78.75 for first pavilion and $78.75 for general-admission standing room
♦ (708) 614-1616; livenation.com
♦ The fest’s main stage will include Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grave, Seether, Bullet for My Valentine and Escape the Fate. In addition to headliner Sevendust, the Best Buy Music Gear Stage will feature Black Tide, Art of Dying and the Black Cloud Collective.
Updated: November 10, 2011 9:41AM
Although Sevendust may not be headlining the main stage at Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, that doesn’t mean the heavy metal band isn’t making an impact.
On the tail end of touring in support of 2010’s “Cold Day Memory,” the group is headlining the Best Buy Music Gear Stage and will be at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Sept. 18.
Here’s just a small portion of our conversation with Sevendust lead guitarist Clint Lowery.
What do you enjoy most about this festival?
“We’ve been around for a while,” Lowery said of the band that was formed in 1994 in Atlanta.
“We’ve been on festivals like this. It’s always good. It’s always an extra-cool thing to be exposed to people who ordinarily may not be exposed to a Sevendust show.
“Even though we’ve been around for years, it’s always really cool to play for younger fans, new fans.”
What do you want to tell people about why they should go?
“We’ve always had tremendous shows and a tremendous connection with our people there,” Lowery said of the Windy City.
“It’s cool when we come to a town that has been supportive to us. We get to show off. This is something we built.
“Other bands can see that we are a force to be reckoned with. It’s based on the people of Chicago. We get to show off our crowd. We like getting our crowd rowdy.
“I think it stems back from a foundation. We used to be wild and have heavy radio support from the stations up there. They were really good at promoting shows.
“With that as a variable and other things, it’s weird how some cities are different from others as far as what kind of music is popular and what kind of music is supported.
“Chicago seems to be a rock city. But it’s definitely a city that supports hip-hop and everything. It’s a broad city.
“For us, I don’t how much radio support we get there if we get anything at all now. For us, it’s the fanbase that stuck with us from back in the beginning to now.
How is it playing the second stage at Uproar Festival?
“At first I was kind of skeptical on playing on the second stage and playing in the parking lot,” Lowery said.
“It’s been this connection we have with the crowd that I don’t think we have had in a while. It’s an all-day barbecue situation. It’s really cool. It’s really laid-back.”
What was it like for you to have everyone together again?
“It was great. Some time had passed. We just fell right back into the groove,” Lowery said.
“On my end I was a lot more appreciative of the band, the fanbase, the lifestyle and the friendships we have out here — the way people treat each other.
“It was good to be back in that with a very family-oriented feel. I felt like I had my safety net again as far as brotherhood.”
♦ The Elaborating on Entertainment blog features “Music Extra: A convo with Sevendust’s Clint Lowery,” where he discusses “Cold Day Memory,” what has kept Sevendust going since its inception in 1994 in Atlanta, battling demons, his Hello Demons Meet Skeletons project, and more.
♦ FYI on FMBA features all you need to know about First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre and includes the topic titled “9/18: UPROAR Festival at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre," where you can leave a comment about what you’re looking forward to before the show, and where you can return to leave a comment to share your review after the concert.”