Credit: Marina ChavezTen years ago, Seether frontman Shaun Morgan‘s brother Eugene committed suicide. In 2012, Seether created the Rise Above Fest, a musical festival aimed at raising awareness of and funds for suicide prevention. Speaking with ABC Radio, Morgan says he feels that the Rise Above Fest, which will be a two-day event for the first time this year, represents a “manifestation of my brother’s legacy.”
“He lives on through this festival,” says Morgan. “So when it grows, I feel like the inspiration behind it and his memory grows, and that’s important to me.”
The Rise Above Fest takes its name from the Seether song “Rise Above This,” which Morgan wrote about Eugene.
“For a lot of people that are struggling with suicide and suicidal tendencies and thoughts, that’s sort of become a real hopeful song for them,” Morgan says of “Rise Above This.” “So they hang onto that song not as an anthem, I would say, I think that’s a little strong, but certainly as an inspiration.”
He adds, “A lot of people have said that that song has got them through attempts or through losing somebody through suicide.”
As you can imagine, when Seether plays “Rise Above This” at the Rise Above Fest, Morgan says it’s a “powerful moment” for him.
“There’s always a lot of emotion when that song plays, so it’s intense,” he says. “And that’s a crazy experience. That sort of interconnectedness is quite almost tangible, it’s crazy.”
The 2017 Rise Above Fest will be held July 22-23 in Bangor, Maine, and will feature performances from Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Skillet, HELLYEAH and Pop Evil, among others.
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