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Seether were recently surprised backstage by the head of their record label and their manager with plaques that commemorated the band's 10-year history of gold and platinum albums. According to Loudwire, Wind-Up Records president/CEO Ed Vetri and manager Jack Rovner presented the plaques to the band last weekend at Seether's first-ever Rise Above Fest in New Hampshire, with Vetri saying, "The combination of their hard work, dedication and talent has set them apart from so many others and has allowed them to become an extremely successful career band."

The festival itself, which also featured Buckcherry, Puddle Of Mudd, Black Stone Cherry and local acts, was launched to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention and mental illness treatment. Seether frontman Shaun Morgan, who lost his brother to suicide, told us his reason for staging the event: "I felt like it would be a cool way to sort of give something back as far as the experience that I've had in my family with suicide and the way I grew up and basically just trying to give something back and do something positive and have a day of music with a positive message behind it, which I don't think there is much of these days. These days it's more of just like, you know, go to a rock show and get hammered."

Morgan said that the festival was dedicated to the memory of his brother Eugene, who committed suicide in August 2007.

Proceeds from the show, T-shirt sales and an online auction all helped raised money for the National Association of Mental Illness.

Seether will next headline the Triple Threat tour, also featuring Sick Puppies and Kyng, which begins on September 14th in Kansas City, Missouri.

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