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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Kristi Kates - October 18th, 2010
Sevendust Searches for its Soul
By Kristi Kates
Beautiful fall colors, a short drive - and some impressively aggressive rock music - are all great reasons to head up to Sault Ste. Marie for the evening on October 19. Especially if you’re a fan of Georgia-based band Sevendust.
Just don’t try to pigeonhole them - the band themselves aren’t even sure where to place their sound within the alt-rock genre, according to Sevendust guitarist John Connolly.
“I don’t know - I’ve been trying to figure that out,” he said in a recent interview, “people, for five minutes, called us progressive, and then it was nu-metal. Then, all of a sudden, we were playing alternative metal. We are some kind of heavy, and some kind of rock, and some kind of metal.”

SNAKES TO SEVENDUST
Teaming up with Lajon Witherspoon on vocals, Clint Lowery on guitar, Vincent Hornsby on bass, and Morgan Rose on drums, Connolly and his band went through a number of name changes before settling on the Sevendust moniker, which is, interestingly, also the name of an insecticide and a computer virus.
Formed in 1994, the band was initially called Snake Nation; when they added Lowery on guitar, they renamed themselves Rumblefish. After running into another band called Rumblefish, they re-dubbed themselves Crawlspace, releasing the track “My Ruin” on the Mortal Kombat soundtrack album - and yes, you guessed it, it wasn’t long before another band called Crawlspace surfaced and wanted the band to pay them for the rights to the Crawlspace name.
So Sevendust it was.

MEMORY TO TODAY
Sevendust’s eponymous debut hit stores in 1997, and the band quickly became known for their forceful, heavy vocals, dark guitars, and bombastic beats. Fans of prog-rock/nu-metal/alt-metal — whichever you’d like to call it — were quickly won over, and Sevendust snagged a spot on the Billboard charts, where it remained for four months.
Over a dozen years later, the band found themselves in Chicago recording their latest set, Cold Day Memory, during which they chose to keep fans involved in the process.
Even during the remarkably busy sessions, Sevendust posted regular videos both on their own website and their YouTube channel, giving behind-the-scene looks at the recording process and making them feel
like part of the project.
And now arriving full-circle, Sevendust are following up Cold Day Memory with a special re-release of that first album from 1997 - now titled Sevendust: Definitive Edition, the re-release will include five new songs, and brings this ambitious band back to where they began, while their current tour will be bringing them to Michigan, too.

Sevendust will be appearing live in the Dream Makers Theater at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie on October 19. Tix are $28.50 and are available online at www.kewadin.com, or via the Kewadin box office
at 1-800-KEWADIN (539-2346.)


 
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