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“Ironically, it’s the first song we wrote, but we put it last on the record. It had that final seal of approval vibe to it. We like to end albums with something kind of driving. It’s probably a little more old-school Sevendust.
“We wrote this the day we got to New Jersey. Morgan was already in the studio working with Wolfie Van Halen – they were doing some demos – and he got the call that his grandmother had passed away. We literally passed him in the air as we were flying in and he was going to Atlanta for the funeral and services.
“We got there and decided to get everything set up so that when Morgan got back, he’d be ready to go. We kept it real low-key, but we set up the MIDI controller, the speakers, the keyboards and the Axe-Fx, and 30 minutes later, that song was there. We all hammered it out, and I think LJ was playing the drums on the keyboards for half of it. When Morgan came back, he heard it and was like, ‘Holy shit!’ We immediately got to jamming on it with him.
“It’s a funny story why we called the song Murder Bar. The day we got to the studio, George, the owner of the place, kind of gave us the tour of where we’d be staying and what was around the area. He pointed to this house and said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t go in there. You’ll get murdered!’ We thought he was kidding, but he said, ‘I’m telling you the truth. All the murderers and pedophiles and rapists in New Jersey hang out there.’
“So, of course, LJ and I were getting hungry, and we said, ‘Hey, let’s go hit the Murder Bar.’ We walked in, and there were two pool tables, a karaoke machine and maybe four people in the place. It was the most unassuming joint you could imagine. It’s a local watering hole, and that’s it. No trouble at all.
“We told George that we went there, and he was like, ‘No, you didn’t! I told you not to go in there.’ But it’s not actually called the Murder Bar; the real name of the place is Roar Of The Crowd. Check it out – Roar Of The Crowd in Butler, New Jersey. Bob Seger is on the jukebox, people are playing darts – it’s totally safe. We even held our listening party there.”