Morgan Rose

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Morgan Rose
Saluting the crowd 2013-08-21 00-58.jpg
Background information
Birth nameMorgan Jay Rose
Born (1968-12-13) December 13, 1968 (age 50)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresAlternative metal, heavy metal, nu metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, vocals, guitar
Years active1988–present
LabelsWarner Bros., 7 Bros.
Associated actsSevendust, Iron Steel, Methods of Mayhem, Call Me No One, Korn, Le Projet

Morgan Jay Rose (born December 13, 1968) is an American drummer, record producer and founding member of the Atlanta-based alternative metal band Sevendust. He is also responsible for much of the background unclean vocals, he has also played drums for Call Me No One and Methods of Mayhem. Rose is vice president of Imagen Records.

Early life[edit]

Rose lived in New Jersey until the age of 7, before he and his family moved back to Atlanta, GA.[1] Rose's father was a guitarist and his mother, who followed the Raspberries in the 1970s, took her young son to see David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust tour, which he witnessed while sitting on the shoulders of a security guard, he credits his father with teaching him guitar and claimed that he was able to play Jimi Hendrix’s "If 6 Was 9" when he was three years old. Rose attended high school in St. Petersburg, FL, where he played in many garage bands, after which he went to the Musicians' Institute of Los Angeles.[1]


Rose began his music career in the early 1990s in the band Snake Nation, alongside Vinnie Hornsby. In late 1992, Rose and Hornsby joined forces with Lajon Witherspoon, who was at that time in a R&B band called Body & Soul, and formed Rumblefish, which was changed to Crawlspace then to Sevendust after a name rights issue. Morgan Rose is one of the most respected and most innovative drummers in the industry, being voted by Drum magazine and Drummerworld as one of the top 100 drummers of all time, he is also one of the most charismatic members of the band.[citation needed] He often writes lyrics, and is the backup vocalist when playing live. Australia's Rolling Stone voted him the "Hottest drummer" in history, thanks to a poll that was taken in 2003. In 2004, he was voted the number one metal drummer by Modern Drummer magazine,[2] he is also ranked no.32 in Hit Parader's Top 100 Bassist and Drummers of All time.[citation needed]

Rose is featured on guest vocals in American heavy metal band Neversets track, "Take It All Away".[3]

Alien Freak Wear is his own personal line of clothing with tee shirts, hoodies, headwear, and many other items, he also has his own signature Alien Freak model of drumsticks made by Vater Percussion, whom he is endorsed by. The brand name Alien Freak stems from a nickname Rose earned early in his career. On how the nickname came about, Rose explains in a 2007 article; "A long time ago some close friends of mine started calling me an alien, probably because of my personal/visual style. At the same time, a lot of people were calling me a freak because of how I was performing. A few years ago someone asked if I'd be interested in having my own stick and starting a merchandise company, and those things needed a name. So we put the two nicknames together".[4]

Due to Tommy Lee injuring his hand in August 2009, Morgan filled in on drums in place of Lee, in Mötley Crüe, for five shows on Crüe Fest 2 from August 14 to August 19, he was also recruited to replace Ray Luzier and pulled double duty on the last few shows of the first leg of the Music As A Weapon V tour, sitting behind the kit for co-headliners Korn.[5]

Eye Empire has tapped Morgan Rose to record the drums on the band's debut album, Moment of Impact.[6]

In June, 2012, Rose began working with The Infinite Staircase (Karina Esparza) at Architekt Music, as both the drummer and producer of their ninth album, Black Out the Sun, released in March 2013.

In late 2014 Morgan Rose began working with Ghost Embrace at HyperThreat Recording Studio creating the rhythm tracks for their latest album to be released in late 2014 or early 2015; this recording studio in Denver rented a Pearl Drum Set while Johnny Morgan's tech provided the Evans heads and Zildjian cymbals for the tracks Morgan recorded.

In 2014, Rose formed a side project with Candlebox singer Kevin Martin called Le Projet.[7]


Rose plays Pearl Masterworks Series Drums, Evans Drum Heads and Sabian Cymbals, as well as ddrum electronics, specifically their tube trigger, he previously used Zildjian cymbals. He is a large supporter of the new Pearl Vision Sets, he also uses Vater Drumsticks, with two signature models, the Alien Freak (double butt end), the Whiplash, which is similar to a 2B stick and Motu DP software.[8]

Pearl Masterworks Series Drums & Zildjian Cymbals:

  • Drums — Broken Glass Finish All shells are 6-ply, 2 Inner Plies Maple/4 Outer Plies Mahogany
    • 10x10" Tom
    • 12x10" Tom
    • 14x14" Floor Tom
    • 16x16" Floor Tom
    • 22x18" Bass Drum
    • 14x5" Morgan Rose Signature Snare
    • 10x6" Snare (additional)
    • 6x8" Concert Tom
    • 8x8" Concert Tom
  • Cymbals (Previous Tours, Stage L to R)
    • 9.5" Zil-Bel (Custom drilled with 8 small holes)
    • 14" Oriental China 'Trash'
    • 18" K Dark Medium Thin Crash
    • 8" K Custom Dark Splash
    • 8" A Custom Splash
    • 14" K Hi Hats
    • 18" A Custom Rezo Crash
    • 21" Z3 Mega Bell Ride
    • 20" A Custom Rezo Crash
    • 9.5" Zil-Bel (Custom drilled with 4 large holes)
    • 19" A Custom Medium Crash
    • 19" K Custom Hybrid China
    • 16" Oriental China 'Trash'
    • 9.5" Zil-Bel
    • 12" Oriental China 'Trash'
  • HardwarePearl
    • B1000 Boom Cymbal Stand (x9)
    • C1000 Straight Cymbal Stand (x2)
    • T2000 Double Tom Stand (x2)
    • TC1000 Tom/Cymbal Stand (x4)
    • H1000 Hi-Hat Stand
    • S2000 Snare Stand
    • P2002C Double Pedal
    • CLH1000 Closed Hi-Hat
    • D2000 Throne
    • PPS37 perc. holder (x4)

Personal life[edit]

Rose was married to musician Rayna Foss, the former bassist for the band Coal Chamber, they have since divorced. Together they have one child, a daughter named Kayla Moray Rose, born October 5, 1999. Rose then married Teri Harrison in October 2008, and they have a son together, they have since divorced.[9]



Iron Steel[edit]

  • Devil May Care EP (2008)

Call Me No One[edit]

Other appearances[edit]


  • Outta Control EP by Neverset (2009)
  • Demons EP by Candlelight Red (2012)[17]
  • Reclamation by Candlelight Red (2013)


  1. ^ a b Micallef (2003). "Sevendust's morgan rose - the alien freak revealed". Modern Drummer (27): 50–53, 56, 58, 60, 62–64, 66, 68.
  2. ^ "SEVENDUST's MORGAN ROSE Voted No. 1 Metal Drummer By MODERN DRUMMER Magazine". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  3. ^ "Neverset new track" Retrieved on July 4, 2009.
  4. ^ "Ask a pro: Sevendust's morgan rose on attaining success" (12). Modern Drummer. 2007.
  5. ^ "Sevendust Drummer Playing With Korn". 2013-03-08. Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  6. ^ "Sevendust'S Morgan Rose To Lay Down Drums On Eye Empire Debut". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  7. ^ Puff, "99X Brings You Kevin Martin and Morgan Rose’s New Band Le Projet" 99X - September 24, 2014
  8. ^ "Morgan Rose Of Sevendust: On The Attack". DRUM! Magazine. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  9. ^ Artisan News Service. Sevendust Helps Rose Survive Cold Day Memory, 14 May 2010. YouTube Interview
  10. ^ "SOULS OF WE Featuring GEORGE LYNCH, LONDON LEGRAND: Audio Samples Available". May 9, 2008. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Kelly, Amy. "Souls Of We's George Lynch: Playing Guitar Is 'Truly An Adventure'". Ultimate Guitar Archive. Archived from the original on 2009-03-22. Retrieved March 19, 2009.
  12. ^ "SEVENDUST's MORGAN ROSE To Lay Down Drums On EYE EMPIRE Debut". September 15, 2010. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  13. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  14. ^ "Josh Willis Music - Home". 2010-12-21. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  15. ^ "The Infinite Staircase Announces Guest Drummer - in Metal News". Metal 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  16. ^ "BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SEVENDUST, CANDLEBOX Members To Record Song For Victims Of Hurricane Sandy". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  17. ^ "Sevendust Drummer Morgan Rose To Produce New Candlelight Red EP". Imagen Records. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-03-25.

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