Sevendust came up in the nu metal explosion of the late 90’s.
Despite being a phenomenal live act, and having an impressive batting average for putting out great albums, the band just never got the mainstream attention of their peers. Why that is is exactly is hard to say.
Maybe it was bad luck, or maybe they needed a different record label behind them at the right time. Regardless, they’re still a force to be reckoned with all these years later.
Let’s unpack that for a quick second- Nickelback, being one of the biggest alternative rock bands of the past few decades, has shared festival and arena stages with pretty much every rock and metal band under the sun at this point. So for Chad to specifically call out Sevendust is quite the compliment.
Here’s what he had to say specifically about the one band he never wants to follow on stage again:
“It was us, then Disturbed, then Sevendust,” Kroeger recalled about a tour lineup early on in their career. “After the success of Silver Side Up, there were a few dates where Sevendust opened for us.
I don’t care how many records you’ve sold or how many awards you’ve won or what you’ve done around the world… you don’t ever, ever, ever want to go on after Sevendust, because they will kick your ass and wipe you all over that stage. They are a force to be reckoned with and it is goosebump-worthy.”
A few jumps down the ‘ol YouTube rabbit hole, and it’s pretty easy to see what Chad is talking about.
You can check out Sevendust crushing a late night appearance on Conan O’Brien back in 2010 below, followed by a more recent 2020 set that shows the boy’s still got it.