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Rise Above Festival Raised Money and Awareness of Teen Suicide, May Become Tour

Image courtesy of RiseAboveFest.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of RiseAboveFest.com (via ABC News Radio)

Avenged Sevenfold  headlined the Rise Above Fest this past weekend in Bangor, ME. The day-long music festival was a benefit for  Save.org , a suicide prevention organization. Rise Above was organized by  Shaun Morgan  of the band  Seether  -- Morgan lost his brother to suicide seven years ago. After surviving what he tells the  Bangor Daily News  was "one of the worst times of my life," Morgan decided to begin raising awareness among young people in hopes of preventing others from facing similar suffering.

The festival had the vibe of a well-oiled machine, the result of much planning on the part of the members of Seether and the band's management. All of the performing bands worked for very little money to help the cause, and close to 7,000 tickets were sold thanks in large part to headliners Avenged Sevenfold. Seether's Shaun Morgan told ABC News Radio, "They're good guys and they just wanted to help out, and I'm really thankful to them because they've got a big draw and they certainly are helping to make this festival a lot more successful than it would have been without them."

Morgan also told ABC News Radio that he's so thrilled with the success of Rise Above that he's got his sights set on making the event a full-fledged tour. "With this [year's festival], [we] had more time to work on it [and] it's created a greater interest in it," he said. "[So] the idea is that if it runs smoothly there's no reason why we can't make this a road trip kind of thing."

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