Sevendust have recently released the album, “All I See Is War” and this album has been hot topic for weeks, so I was able to catch up with Guitarist John Connolly and see what gives him drive to be in one of the greatest bands in history.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): When you initially played what became “Black” in front of your now bandmates, why did you pick that song and are you glad you did? — What went through your head when they wanted to record right then?
John Connolly (Sevendust): Well, it was a bit of a unique situation because I didn’t have any other songs lol. It was the first song I ever wrote so it was a bit of a shock to get such positive feedback. And yeah, its still crazy that 20+ years after we are still jamming it.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): What would you say is your drive to be in Sevendust? — How proud are you to have been in the band this long?
John Connolly (Sevendust): It’s my musical first love and the thing that motivates me the most musically so its very cool to still have something that has meant something to folks for so long. proud to have staying power is an understatement.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): I understand your mother played the acoustic guitar when you were a
child, what influence did that have on your career?
John Connolly (Sevendust): Im sure it had an impact for sure. There as always music around the house. Dad with the piano and organ, and mom with the guitar and both with the stereo on all the time.
Tomey Emmons (New Transcendence): What track really speaks to you personally on an emotional level? — Did it have an impact on your life in general or did you help
contribute to writing it?
John Connolly (Sevendust): “Life Deceives You” was a bit of closure over missing the death of my father. It was something that I need to get out personally and I thought the I would on the Ignite My Insanity Projected release, but it waited till this album for some reason. It was just something that was always on my mind and glad I could get it out.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): Your tours have taken you all over the world. Was there anywhere specific that really made you miss it when you left?
John Connolly (Sevendust): Australia every time. Such a beautiful country and people. I always have such a great time visiting there
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): As far as your gear, I understand you were done of the Les Paul but have switched to Deans? — Do you prefer that brand now or are you just switching around to try something new?
John Connolly (Sevendust): Well, I’ve been playing Deans for 10 years now this year, so it’s not exactly new, but they made a guitar i wanted to put my signature on and it fits me in every way, so yeah I prefer it for sure.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): John it’s been great having a few moments of your time, is there anything you’d like to say to the fans and the world?
John Connolly (Sevendust): Look out for us on tour sometime soon! We are just gearing up for another year or so of dates so stay tuned and we’ll see you on tour!!
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence): Your known as the ‘driving force’ behind Sevendust would you say
this embodies your motivation for the band?
John Connolly (Sevendust): I’m not sure if it’s my motivation, but it is what comes naturally so I guess it is a welcome distinction. I think it takes all 5 of us to make this thing work and I help drive things, but its a total team effort.
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