SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose recently commented to Music's Bottom Line on wife and former COAL CHAMBER bassist Rayna Foss' decision to leave the latter group on the eve of the release of the band's third full-length CD, entitled Dark Salvation. It was one of these things where we know how hard it is on the road, and I personally am very much a family person, Morgan stated. I love being at home with my family. I love being on the road too, but it's something that I would give up in a second without thinking twice if it was going to jeopardize my family, and have no regrets at all. At the moment, it's something that I have to do and that I can handle. Rayna is the mother. Our daughter is everything in the world to her. Basically, it's just that she doesn't want to leave the baby. It's one of those things where when we talked about it, she called me up one night and said, 'I'm thinking that I'm going to quit the band tomorrow. I can't leave the baby.' It was stressing her out so bad, the thought of having to go, that it was making her sick. Once she got the reassurance from me that I wasn't going to be in any way angered by it at allI'm actually happy about it, because anybody would be happy that one of us is going to be home with our baby. I hope that people don't think that I had anything to do with it in that aspect. I never once went up to her and said, 'Quit the band,' or 'You need to quit the band' or anything like that.
When she had the baby, she was home for a few months, and then she went out for about a month, maybe even less, and that was it. There was some sort of personal problem going on within the band, and they got off the road and they just ended it. They said, 'That's it. We're going to do another record,' and then they split. She didn't have to deal with the burden of being away so long. One thing that I think that she did get the point of that I was trying to make to her a lot of the time was that there is nothing harder than raising a child in this world, without a doubt. I was able to see that when I would come home. She would call me from the road. This is a woman that is used to being on the road. When you are on the road, you have a tour manager who basically points your direction of what you are supposed to do, and you do it. You have to basically learn how to fold your clothes again when you get home. But when you are home and you are a first-time mother, and you are living in a house by yourselfshe had it really tough, and I wasn't there to help her out. It crushed me. So, not only was I without my daughter and without my wife, but I was washing her out to do this on her own. It was devastating to me, and it really wore on my head while I was on the road. It kind of made things not quite as fun as they used to be. I think for awhile she thought that I had it easy and she had it rough, and then I think we both kind of realized that we were both dealing with something that was tough that there was a newborn baby and she had to raise it, but at the same time, the father of the baby was without both of his women my daughter and my wife, and I was on the road, miles away.
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