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John Lamb, Published August 20 2009

Sevendust readies for 8th visit in 8 years

Atlanta rockers Sevendust return to The Venue this Saturday, though in some ways it seems like the group never left.

The heavy metal quintet is just one of those bands that seems to come through town once a year. Actually, two different times the group has come to Fargo twice in a 12-month period.

With Saturday’s show the group ties Firehouse for most appearances in town since 2000. With the exception of annual holiday shows (i.e., Lorie Line and The Blenders), no other major pop, rock or country music act has come to town as often, according to The Forum’s archives.

It’s surprising the super Sevendusters didn’t get keys to the city for the group’s golden visit last August.

For some road veterans, Fargo is a home away from home.

So who are Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo’s most frequent visitors since 2000?

Sevendust

Eight stops after Saturday, nine in 10 years going back to October 1999.

Firehouse

Their biggest hits are two decades old, but the radio-friendly hard rockers still have fans that have come out eight times since 2000 to see the quartet.

Kottonmouth Kings

This smoking hip-hop outfit isn’t exactly choking on Sevendust’s dust, but they area catching up, with six appearances since 2000, including stops in August ’08, March ’09 and August ’09.

Tech N9ne

The Kansas City rapper got a late jump, making his Fargo debut in April ’06, but in less than three years has played town five times.

*Kenny Chesney

Country’s answer to Jimmy Buffett gets an asterisk for having played here four times since 2000, including the Fargodome three times in the past four years, including this last June. Add in his three previous gigs at WE Fest and another headlining slot scheduled for next August and Chesney visits more often than most family members. (Note: Bret Michaels – with or without Poison – and Warrant would’ve both made this list with five visits apiece, but their last shows were out of town in Hankinson, N.D., and Downer, Minn., respectively.)


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533