A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
The last time heavy rock group Seether performed in the area — at Riverfest 2005 — Evanescence’s Amy Lee made a “guest appearance” on stage with Seether frontman (and her boyfriend at the time) Shaun Morgan to sing the big mainstream rock duet hit “Broken.”
Seems that now, Lee and Morgan have broken off their relationship, so don’t look for any Amy Lee appearance this trip for Seether.
“There will be no duet this time,” Morgan said. “I’d like for that to happen, but it doesn’t look like it’s to be.”
But there will be plenty of heavier, less mainstream Seether hits, plus appearances by Shinedown, Halestorm and Flyleaf at the Winterfresh SnoCore Tour on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Clear Channel Metroplex. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25. Call 217-5000.
After a month off for the Christmas holiday that allowed the group to return home to South Africa, Morgan and Seether were back in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago filming a video for the band’s next single, “The Gift,” and appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Jan. 13. “The Gift” was scheduled to hit the airwaves on Jan. 24.
Seether has been making regular appearances in Little Rock for a few years now. They’ve long since outgrown their first usual home, which was Juanita’s, for larger concert venues.
“We’ve been there many times,” Morgan said. “I always loved playing in Little Rock, playing Juanita’s so many times back in the day. It’s one of the cities we really look forward to playing.
“We have a lot of Little Rock history.”
Seether shares the same Wind-Up Records label with Evanescence, and hence Morgan and Lee seemed destined to pair up for a while.
Now, it’s all work for Morgan and the band, which shares co-headlining duties with Shinedown. “We’re friends with most of the bands that have been on the SnoCore tour,” he said. “We toured with 3 Doors Down for six months a while back, and Shinedown opened that show, so we’ve become good friends with those guys. We’ve been with Halestorm for five or six shows and we do some shows by ourselves with them when we’re off the tour and they open. Lizzy [Hale], Halestorm’s lead singer, has a great voice and they have a retro vibe about them.
“I think it’s going to be a fun tour. There’s a lot of variety from the first to the last bands, so people who come out will surely get a diverse show.”
Seether plans to tour for the next six to eight months on the album “Karma and Effect,” then get off the road around August or September to get back into the studio, Morgan said.
“It’s amazing how much a good year can go by so fast, but it’s been a good time for us,” Morgan said. “We’ve gone to Mexico to film on this video. It’s a concept video around the ‘Day of the Dead’ there. A lot of the video has ghosts of relatives past. It’s going to be very Robert Rodriguez and ‘Desperado,’ but still very different. We did a lot of green screen stuff.”
Expect the popular songs off albums “Disclaim” and “Karma and Effect” in the show, as well as a cover tune or two in Seether’s 90 minutes, Morgan said. “We’re trying to do all the radio singles, all of the songs we’ve had out, for the fans.”