SEVENDUST's MORGAN ROSE Voted No. 1 Metal Drummer By MODERN DRUMMER Magazine

SEVENDUST's Morgan Rose was honored with the No. 1 Metal Drummer and No. 1 Recorded Performance awards by the Modern Drummer magazine, according to a posting on the group's web site.

In other news, Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon, who has seen the Atlanta-based band at gigs everywhere from Maine to Florida and has managed to get to know them personally, has told the Boston Globe that he expects to catch them when they headline the Rolling Rock Town Fair at Suffolk Downs tomorrow.

"They're my boys," Damon said . "They're actually going to be playing at my wedding. The drummer's going to be staying at my house when they come into town. I'm going to take a bunch of these guys (Red Sox teammates), get a big limo, and go to the concert. We're going to go party like rock stars."

"Johnny has been very supportive. He comes to a lot of shows," SEVENDUST singer Lajon Witherspoon told the Boston Globe.

"We're lucky," Witherspoon continued. "Radio [airplay] comes and goes for us, but with the following we've created, we can still tour the world. It's all about the music for us, and our audience picks up on that."

Said Damon: "They were very heavy (metal) when they came out. They still are a little heavy, but they also have some pretty darn good ballads."

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