Lee: Have you or will you ever let someone fill in for
you on drums, only if you weren't able to play for some reason?
If there were a Sevendust movie to be made, who would, you want
to portray you and/or the other band members?
Morgan Rose: I would
definitely have someone fill in for me if I needed, and I would
have Tommy Lee portray me in a movie.
Stoney: After the uproar tour is Sevendust gonna do an
acoustic tour or go back in the studio for the next CD? You’re
the best drummer ever and my idol in music!
MR: Thank you very
much, I’m flattered. YES, we are going to do an Acoustic Tour
before we go back into the studio during the first quarter of next
Barbanti: You played the Rolling Rock town fair at Suffolk
Downs race track in East Boston Massachusetts back touring for the
Seasons record. U guys signed a car that was given away to a fan
however the show was cut short and the police ended the show. Morgan
if u remember why did the show get cut short?
MR: I really don’t
remember, but it had nothing to do with us I’m sure. It must
have been a police situation. Crowd was probably getting to rowdy.
Eppley: What TV Shows are you watching these days?
MR: I’m watching
ALL cooking shows and ALL murder shows. Like ID and A&E, and
of course sports.
Real: LIVE DVD...you guys gonna do one and if so in the
MR: We are hoping
Jamie Tungul: I'd like to know what inspires you?
I'd also like to know who does your hair/ how often?
Kyle Baker: When are you gonna come and golf with me at
Penn National Golf Club in Fayetteville, PA?? It's a Top 50 course
just outside Chambersburg, Pa and the one I told you about at the
Carnival of Madness tour in Columbia, MD.
MR: Ah, anytime I’m
anywhere near Fayetteville, PA. Email email@example.com
and we will set it up.
Michelle Baker: When are you going to have more personalized
drumheads? I need to add to our collection for when baby Xander
grows up :-)
MR: They should be
up on www.alienfreakwear.com now.
Holden: Outta all your tats, which is your favorite? And
whats your favorite type of sushi roll?
MR: Favorite tattoo
is the one of my daughter Kayla, and I don’t really eat rolls.
I eat Sashimi and Masago with Quail Eggs. I do like the Las Vegas
Roll at Benihana.
G Prendiz: Hey Mo, what happen to that Video you and Big
Vig were working on?
MR: It’s still
in the archives; it will probably get released when I die lol.
Saldana: Any 80's/early 90's metal influences (drummers)?
MR: Tommy Lee of course,
Terry Bozzio when he was with Missing Persons, and I like a ton
of those guys from back then. Everyone from Tommy Aldridge and Chris
Nelson: How did you develop your kit to where it is today?
How did you determine what was can't live without?
MR: I leave it all
up to my drum tech Poochie. He is the one who comes up with everything
and I just learn how to play it.
Rochell: I’m in the ARMY I’ve Seen 'Dust in
Afghanistan, Korea and Orlando and I wanted to let you guys know
how Awesome you are. On That Note, You have a unique style that’s
very theatrical and when I introduce people to the music, they remark
how the drums sound really complex and machine like. My Question
is: How do you come up with your parts and who are your biggest
musical influences of ANY genre?
MR: My biggest influences
right now are probably Nine Inch Nails and Pantera. As for my parts,
I just grip it and rip it. I don’t really come up with too
much; I just play to the tune.
McCollom: Hey Mo, I know you're working on a book....can
you give any details into that? Also, who are some artists you would
like to collaborate with on either their album or a 7d record?
MR: I’d like
to work with Matt and Brian from Avenged Sevenfold, I’d always
love to do anything with Trent Reznor, and even though I got to
play with him on stage a few times, I would have loved to collaborate
with Dimebag. As far as the book, it’s going to be brutal.
It’s about my life and my life has been definitely interesting.
There might be some sort of documentary as a companion piece for
Ann Watson: I just want to meet you in person, get an autographed
stick, and a pix with you. So, my question is when and how can WE
make this happen? You are my FAVE Morgan!!!
MR: I’m very
easy to find at any show that we play, I’d be more than happy
to. Also at headlining shows Sevendust offers meet and greet packages
at the merch stand, and we offer meet and greet packages on www.alienfreakwear.com
Davis: what NFL teams do the guys from 7d root for?
MR: I root for the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and everyone else roots for the Atlanta Falcons.
Schmitt: first of all thank you for doing what you do,
I had a pretty traumatic thing happen to me a few years ago and
your music was the only thing that kept me going...... are there
any plans for another acoustic tour anytime soon??
MR: YES, either the
end of the year or the beginning of next year. And Thank You very
Beyerl: Morgan, Where does the name Alien Freak come from?
If you weren't drumming for Sevendust and you could drum for any
other band, who would it be?
MR: Alien Freak came
from someone saying with my hair and the way I played I looked like
an alien and that I was freakish. So we just put the 2 names together.
If I couldn’t play for Sevendust, I’d like to play with
Nine Inch Nails and MUSE.
Zeng: Morgan, what is that thing that you have next to
your ride and under your crash that makes the "BOOM" effect?
You use a lot in Face To Face at the into. It's killer!
MR: It’s an
808; we have an 808 and a 909 up there. One on the right and one
on the left.
Tiberio: Mo, what is your golf handicap??
MR: I was about a
3 out of high school, now I’m probably a 10.
Yanish: Do you do your own hair? What is you fav song that you fellas
MR: My girlfriend
and I do my hair. My favorite song we have done probably is Strong
N Derek: Did you have any jobs as a teenager or before
making a living as a fantastic drummer? If so, what were they? If
not, what do you think you would be doing for a living outside of
the music industry (I believe I read in an article once that you
want to produce when you can't drum anymore)?
MR: I was going to
be a baseball player, I’m probably going to end up producing
after playing, and I’d might even be great at managing bands
since I know what not to do. Before music, I worked at a gas station
pumping gas and concrete work.
Morgan: What is your biggest accomplishment?
MR: Being a father
and playing for the troops overseas.
Bullyan: Morgan, What are you going to call the new book
you’re working on? And when you coming back to MN again?
MR: MN, I’m
sure we should be there for UpRoar. I have not decided on what I’m
going to call the book yet, something shocking. Maybe that will
be it, Something Shocking.
Hilton: Morgan, as a musician, what would you say your
proudest accomplishment is and why?
MR: Playing for the
Daidone: How did u become a Yankees fan being from Hotlanta?
MR: My family is from
New York and New Jersey, so out of the womb it was a birthright.
I had to be a Yankee fan or I’d be put up for adoption.
Sanchez: Aside from 7dust, what would your dream gig be?
MR: Nine Inch Nails
Rogers: Are you guy’s ready record a new record yet?
MR: Nope, but we will
be at the beginning of next year.
Hoffman: What has been the most surprising part of your
career? And how many drum sticks do you shred each show?
MR: Biggest surprise
is that we are still able to play after 15 years on the road and
my body hasn’t completely broken down yet. I go through about
20-25 sticker per night.
Todd: Aside from showers, what are the differences between
the large and small venues...which do you prefer, when n why?
MR: I like the bigger
venues because they are climate controlled so the crowd doesn’t
have to be tortured from the heat and the band doesn’t get
exhausted from the chicken cooking lights that are 3 feet above
your head. I do like the smaller venues for the intimacy.
Deweese: a freak - would you say that you guys have the
best tailgating fans in the business?
MR: I would say so.
Nick Burian: How did you develop your technique
to play as hard as you do and still have amazing and consistent
accuracy throughout show after show and hold that endurance?
MR: I’m usually
exhausted up there. Sometimes I take oxygen and I have a plethora
of ice cold rags that I put on myself so I can keep my body as cool
as I can get it. I develop my technique by using my personality
and not being afraid to show that onstage.
Holman: If we were lucky enough to see you in person, what do you
like/hate the most when people recognize you?
MR: I’m flattered
that people recognize me, there is nothing I really hate anything
Mcclain: How do you continue tour after tour to remain
close to your children while being away for so long? After all these
years playing what inspires you to continue kicking a$$ and taking
names every night on stage?
MR: A lot of phone
calls and buying a lot of gifts. Kids are easy to keep content when
you come home with presents. They inspire me to keep playing, and
the minute that I feel like somebody can look at me and say “I
remember when he used to bring it, and he’s not bringing it
like that anymore” I won’t be playing anymore.
Rogers: When are you heading back to Huntsville Alabama?
MR: I have no clue,
but I love Huntsville.
Melody O'Dell: What has been your favorite venue
to play at/why?
MR: The Tabernacle
in Atlanta, because usually I can get off the stage and go to my
Thomsen: Morgan how does it feel when other drummers tell
you that you are their inspiration and the reason they chose the
drums. (I know more than one person who has said it)
MR: I don’t
think that it’s sunk in yet; it will probably sink in more
when I quit playing. It’s very flattering to think I can influence
anybody, I never thought that I can be someone’s influence.
Ward: Because Road food sucks, what's the best place for
food that you look forward to hitting during the tour?
MR: Any Japanese Steakhouse,
most sushi bars, and Waffle House.
Ann Brooks: Considering the last time you were in town
I over did it with the baked goods this time around how about you
let me know what is your favorite baked good? ;) What is your favorite
thing to do once you are home and settled, after the initial cuddles
MR: You can never
over do it, thank you so much. But if you want to make me some Éclairs,
I’d be more than happy to eat all of them. More cuddles and
Williams: Nov 7th 2010 @ Bogart’s in Cincinnati,
OH on your last song (face to face) some jackass jumped on the stage.
You and the rest of the bros professionally kept rocking and kicking
ass. What goes through your mind when someone does that? Drum Gods
forbid, if you had to sit out for a show or 2. Who would you have
sit in for you to try and master the awesome skills that are Morgan
Rose? #7dust 4Life
MR: Dimebag was the
first thing that came to mind. Being that it was in Ohio and that
crazy bastard that took Dimebag from us was at the show in Cincinnati
at Bogart’s, before he killed Dime in Columbus. EASY, Tommy
Lee, he owes me one.
Scanlon: First of all Morgan I just wanna tell you you're
the best drummer out there. I've seen u guys 16 times and can't
ever wait for the next time. My questions how did u get into clothing?
And when do I get to meet you? U waved to me in AC NJ when B.C.
was covering for Clint I got to meet john that night but still sadly
MR: If you want to
meet me in Atlantic City, just go to the closest casino. I got into
clothing when some said I should put my Alien Freak logo on a T-Shirt,
I thought it was a joke but I decided to give it a shot and they
sold like hotcakes. So I continued with it. Thank you very much……and
have a good day.
Michael Russo: What type of Zildjian cymbals are
you using now? And are you using Pearl eliminator pedals with the
tension tight or loose?
MR: I use the Pearl
Eliminators and they are actually pretty tight, and I use a different
array of cymbals. I used to use more Z-Customs than A-Projections
and now I’m using mostly A’s and Rock crashes.
Thomsen: Since you guys have toured so much over the years
I was wondering what has been the biggest scare on the road for
you? (Example: weather conditions, family emergency, or etc)
MR: Too many to really
pick one. But, I would have to say Lacrosse, WI years ago when the
crowd stampeded the barricade while we were playing and the stage
almost came down while we were playing.
Paolucci: who has been the most influential musician to
MR: Trent Reznor
Carroway: Which band or bands have you not toured with
that you'd like to tour with, and do you see the band having the
same hectic touring schedule 10-15 years from now?
MR: Absolutely not,
we will not have the same hectic schedule 10-15 years from now;
I probably won’t be jamming 10-15 years from now. We’ve
toured with everybody; I wish we could have toured with Pantera
that would have been a dream. I would love to tour with Hell Yeah
because I love the guys. And I wouldn’t mind doing a tour
with Godsmack, because it’s long overdue.
Perrot: One question and one question only. Is to ask you
when I see you anytime. Will your Yanks make the playoffs or not?
That is the question. Also do you bat Jeter in the one hole or later
in the lineup? See you in Mt. Pleasant in couple weeks. Cannot wait
to hear you guys again. See you soon.
MR: Of course we are
going to make the playoffs. I don’t mind him in the one hole,
even though I don’t understand why Gardner is not batting
Hansen: When is the next Sevendust album coming out?
MR: Probably next
DeNicola: As a fellow Yankee fan who would you say you’re
all time favorite Yankee would be? I'm a huge fan of #9 Nettles,
Munson and Mariano. How was it to fill in for Tommy Lee and the
Crüe. Just read Nikkis book when is yours coming out?
MR: Munson is hands
down my favorite Yankee of all time, even though I love them all.
It was terrifying to fill in for Tommy Lee, and I don’t know
when my book is coming out. It should be done by the end of the
Russo: Being you are considered the greatest drummer of
our time, would you consider giving back to the drumming community
an inspirational/instructional?DVD. It would probably be the closest
most of us drummers get to you and be able to learn what makes you
MR: I don’t
know what I could teach anybody, I’m not really a great teacher.
I’m more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy that goes with
what I’m feeling. Most of the drum parts comes from whatever
my mood is that day. But I’m flattered that you think I could
do an instructional DVD that would do anything for anyone.
April Cook Westcott: My kids totally change the
perspective of everything I do...How has your son influenced the
music you make? Has he changed the way you see the music that was
written before he was born? Love you Morgan!
MR: He loves the drums;
it makes me feel great that I chose to do something that he loves
so much at an early age. I don’t really think too much about
the music we wrote before he was born and after. I just hope he
looks back at what I did and it proud of his daddy.
Fithen: Who would win in a wrestling match? Morgan or God?
Trick question.... Morgan IS God!!!!!
MR: HAHAHA, that’s
a crazy ass questions.
Dudley: Will you ever write a book or put out a DVD to the drum
community? God Bless
MR: DVD is not likely
in the near future, but yes I am writing a book and it will be coming
Rupert: Hey Morgan, long time fan from Johannesburg, South
Africa. I haven't had the privilege to see you guys live yet and
I'm planning on flying out to do so in the not too distant future.
For someone who has never been to the States, which venue would
you recommend for the best first time 7D live experiences?
MR: Hands down Atlanta,
GA. Hometown gig is always amazing.
Johnson: Hey Morgan! Why is it that you guys don't get
the radio play and tour publicity that you guys deserve? You guys
are way better than half of these bands that get sponsored by Rockstar
and what not!
We are sponsored by Monster Energy and those people are amazing.
And I have no idea why we are not played on the radio and we don’t
get the publicity that you think we deserve. Start a petition and
call your local radio stations.
O'Rourke: How the hell did you sit in for Tommy Lee? I
saw one of the shows are you were amazing...
MR: Thank you very
much; he is one of my best friends on the planet. I felt flattered
he considered me filling in for him. It was very surreal.
Zalink: My question is if you guys will ever consider putting
out an entire acoustic album with you still playing the drums? That
would be so awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to ask this question!
I would also like to say that Morgan did really get me into music/drums
and I would love to get my own kit and continue to upgrade it!
MR: We have toyed
around with recording an entire acoustic record. And that could
be something that we do in the near future. Good luck my man, and
thank you very much.
Edwards: What songs do you never get tired of playing live?
MR: Face to Face
Ward: I am sure it is hard to be a parent and on the road
a lot. How do you manage to stay close with your kids while gone?
A lot of phone calls and buying a lot of gifts. Kids are easy to
keep content when you come home with presents.
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