Multi-Platinum Rockers Seether Presented With Plaques Celebrating A Decade of Success
In honor of 10 years of incredible success and the 10th anniversary of their US debut album, Disclaimer, multi-platinum rockers, Seether were surprised backstage on Labor Day by Wind-Up Records President/CEO Ed Vetri and the band's manager, Jack Rovner, President of Vector Management.
The two music executives presented the South African transplants with plaques that reflected the groups momentous 10 years with the label, their 6 albums that have all reached either gold or platinum status along with their extraordinary radio and touring accomplishments.
Vetri recently said of the band, "The combination of their hard work, dedication and talent has set them apart from so many others and has allowed them to become an extremely successful career band. We are proud to have had such a successful career with them and look forward to continuing on to Disclaimer's 20th Anniversary!"
The presentation was made on Labor Day 2012 at the inaugural Rise Above Fest in New Hampshire, a charity event that was formed by Seether in conjunction with NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) to raise funds for and awareness of suicide prevention and mental illness.
In an interview with local TV station WMUR at the festival, Seether frontman Shaun Morgan explained more about the reason behind the Rise Above Fest, "I lost my brother 5 years ago to suicide and it never gets easier. This whole festival came about as a dedication to him and I think in a way to make a meaningless tragedy like that become meaningful." Seether was joined by Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Black Stone Cherry and various local bands.
In addition to the incredible ticket sales, the day of festival fundraising was a huge success with the exclusive T-shirt created for the event completely selling out before 6PM in which all proceeds went to NAMI. Photos from the festival are here.
To raise additional awareness and funds for the foundation and cause, Seether and NAMI have an online auction with exclusive and rare items donated by their peers and supporters that will be running through September 10th. The auction can be found here. Some highlights from the auction include signed guitars from Green Day and Nickelback, an autographed Kings of Leon box set, a Kiefer Sutherland signed script from the series finale of 24 and many more items.
Prior to the festival, fans and peers in the music world were encourage to submit videos consisting of their own personal stories as well as messages of hope and encouragement through tough times. The messages were edited together and played for the first time at the festival in New Hampshire. It can now be viewed here.
The group will be launching their headlining Triple Treat Tour on September 14th in Kansas City, MO with Sick Puppies and Kyng. Wind-up labelmates Young Guns will open through October 3rd and Eye Empire will open through the end of the tour.
Triple Threat Tour:
9/14 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
9/15 Chicago, IL House of Blues
9/16 Dayton, OH Montgomery Fairgrounds (WXEG XFest)
9/18 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
9/20 Boston, MA House of Blues Boston
9/21 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
9/22 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
9/23 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
9/25 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live
9/27 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
9/28 Sauget, IL Pop's
9/29 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
10/1 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
10/2 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater
10/3 Modesto, CA Modesto Centre Plaza
10/5 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
10/6 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
10/8 Blackfoot, ID Club Centenario
10/9 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
10/11 Billings, MT Shrine Auditorium
10/12 Casper, WY Casper Event Center Arena
10/13 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
10/15 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
10/16 Minneapolis, MN The Brick
10/18 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
10/19 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
10/20 Detroit, MI The Fillmore