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Avenged Sevenfold

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From: Orange County, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

The five piece hails from Orange County, California, influenced by everyone from Pantera, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Bad Religion, Misfits, Guns N Roses and NOFX. In addition, guitarist Synyster Gates (an attendee of the Musicians Institute of Technology) and the rest of A7X confess a fondness for prog-metal musos Dream Theater and experimental rock group Mr. Bungle.

Avenged Sevenfold formed when its members were still in high school. As M. Shadows explains, "We made our first record ["Sounding The Seventh Trumpet"] when we were 18 years old." Since then, they’ve made the road their home, hooking up with metal acts such as Shadows Fall and Mushroomhead and leaving their impression on the 2003 Vans Warped Tour. Charles Cross of Rolling Stone (August 7, 2003) anointed Avenged Sevenfold the Warped Tour 2003 "Second-stage must-see," going on to call them "…a Goth-metal band with a singer who looks like Elvis and sounds like Axl Rose."

As befits the drama and darkness inherent in their songs, Avenged Sevenfold name is based on the philosophy "what comes around goes around," originating with the Biblical story of God’s wrath upon Cain for killing his brother Abel. According to the book of Genesis, "And the Lord said until him, 'Therefore whoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold'." Despite the spiritual connotations of their name, Avenged Sevenfold music does not hinge on religion. At the same time, they are converting many with their unique sound.

Latest Avenged Sevenfold News

Below is our complete Avenged Sevenfold news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Five More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:

Friday:
Scorpions (Headliners)
Volbeat
Korn
Journey
Foreigner
Iced Earth
Epica
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
Sepultura
Angel Witch
Kverlatak
The Black Dahlia Murder
FM
Endless Dark
Revoker
Arkona More...

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Sixteen More Bands Confirmed For Download 2011

The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download Festival has announced that a further sixteen bands have been confirmed for the event, including such big names as Disturbed, Black Stone Cherry and Cheap Trick, along with Bring Me The Horizon, Sacred Mother Tongue, All That Remains, Bowling For Soup, Devil Wears Prada, Turisas, Frank Turner, Asking Alexandria, Straight Line Stitch, Madina Lake, The King Blues, Ghost and Jameson Raid. The event will take place at Donington Castle from June 10th-12th and features the following lineup:

Def Leppard (Headliner)
System Of A Down (Headliner)
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Disturbed
Rob Zombie
Pendulum
Alice Cooper
Korn
Black Stone Cherry
Danzig
Alter Bridge
The Cult
Thin Lizzy
Cheap Trick
All That Remains
Hollywood Undead
Turisas
The Gaslight Anthem
Bowling For Soup
Twisted Sister
Down
Buckcherry
The Devil Wears Prada
Bring Me The Horizon
Blackveil Brides
The Damned Things
Escape The Fate
Asking Alexandria
Madina Lake
Clutch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Mr. Big
Gwar
FM
Masters Of Reality
Sacred Mother Tongue
Straight Line Stitch
Frank Turner
The King Blues
Rise To Remain
Trash Talk
Ghost
Jameson Raid

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Avenged Sevenfold Announces New US Headline Dates

California alternative metal act Avenged Sevenfold has revealed the dates for its forthcoming "Avenged Sevenfold: Welcome To The Family Tour." Support on the trek will come from Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine and Sevendust. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

Apr. 22 - Bossier City, LA - Century Tel Center
Apr. 23 - Little Rock, AR - Edgefest @ Arkansas State Fairgrounds
Apr. 25 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Show Me Center
Apr. 26 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
Apr. 27 - Rockford, IL - MetroCentre
Apr. 29 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena
Apr. 30 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
May 03 - Springfield, MA - Mass Mutual Center
May 07 - Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion @ Metrolina Expo
May 09 - Orlando, FL - UCF Arena
May 10 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
May 11 - Lafayette, LA - Cajundome
May 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheater
May 14 - Wichita, KS - InTrust Bank Center
May 15 - Des Moines, IA - Lazerfest @ Ntnl Balloon Classic Launch Field
May 17 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheatre
May 18 - San Antonio, TX - Illusions Theater - Alamo Dome
May 21 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range @ Crew Stadium

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Lineup Announced For Carolina Rebellion

Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, and Stone Sour are among the artists confirmed for the first ever Carolina Rebellion, which is set for Saturday, May 7 at Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, NC.

The current lineup for Carolina Rebellion is as follows: Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Stone Sour, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Hinder, Skillet, Saving Abel, Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry, My Darkest Days, Cavo, Rev Theory, Pop Evil, Art Of Dying and more. The festival will feature two main stages for the biggest acts in rock today, both sponsored by Monster Energy.

“Strap yourself in and hold on tight...Godsmack is coming to Carolina Rebellion to kick y'all a new asshole!!” says Sully Erna of Godsmack.

Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge comments: "We are very much looking forward to performing at the Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte. We are honored to be sharing the stage with many great bands that night and it promises to be a memorable event." More...

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Avenged Sevenfold Announces World Tour

California alternative metal act Avenged Sevenfold has revealed the dates for its forthcoming world tour. The band will be visiting several countries in South America as well as Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

04/02 Rio de Janeiro, BRA – Citibank Hall
04/03 Sao Paulo, BRA – Credicard Hall
04/06 Curbita, BRA – Master Hall
04/07 Porto Alegre, BRA – Casa do Alemao
04/09 Buenos Aires, ARG – Malvinas
04/12 Santiago, CHL – Caupolican
06/03 Nurnberg/Nurburgring, GER – Rock am Rock / Rock im Park
06/04 Nurnberg/Nurburgring, GER – Rock am Rock / Rock im Park
06/05 Nurnberg/Nurburgring, GER – Rock am Rock / Rock im Park
06/11 Castle Donington, UK – Donington Park
06/17 Seinajoki, FIN – Provinssi Festival
06/18 Gothenberg, SWE – Metal Town
06/19 Bergen, NOR – Bergen Calling

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Avenged Sevenfold Video Interview Available

WAAF has posted a video interview online with Johnny Christ from Avenged Sevenfold. You can check out the footage from the interview in the video clip below.

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Twenty More Bands Announced For Download 2011

The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further twenty more names for this year's event, in addition to the previously confirmed bands Linkin Park, System of A Down, Rob Zombie and Avenged Sevenfold. The festival will be held at Donington park from June 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Alice Cooper
Alter Bridge
Avenged Sevenfold
Black Veil Brides
Bullet For My Valentine
Clutch
Danzig
Escape The Fate
FM
The Gaslight Anthem
Gwar
Hollywood Undead
Korn
Linkin Park
Mr. Big
Pendulum
Rise To Remain
Rob Zombie
System Of A Down
The Cult
The Damned Things
Thin Lizzy

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Avenged Sevenfold Performs With New Drummer

Alternative metal act Avenged Sevenfold performed live with its new drummer Arin Ilejay for the first time recently during its tour stop at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. Fan filmed footage can be viewed below:

Avenged Sevenfold recently offered up the following statement in regards to its new drummer Arin Ilejay:

"We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay.

"We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have."

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Avenged Sevenfold Announces New Drummer

California alternative metal act Avenged Sevenfold has revealed the new drummer who is taking over for Mike Portnoy, who recently left the band. Arin Ilejay of the Christian metalcore group Confide will be taking over the band's drumming duties for its upcoming touring commitments. No official statement has been made on whether Arin Ilejay will become the band's permanent drummer but Avenged Sevenfold offered the following comments:

"We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay.

"We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have."

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Mike Portnoy Announces In-Store Appearances

Former Dream Theater / Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy has announced four upcoming in-store appearances. The details are as follows:

Tues. Feb. 8, 6:30pm - Daddy's Portsmouth, NH
1465 Woodbury Ave
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-436-1142

Wed. Feb. 9, 6:30pm - Daddy's Manchester, NH
1279 S. Willow St.
Manchester, NH 03103
603-669-9346

Thurs. Feb. 10, 6:30pm - Daddy's Boston, MA
165 Mass Ave.
Boston, MA
617-247-0909

Fri., Feb. 11, 6:30pm - Daddy's Dedham, MA Grand Opening
444 Providence Highway
Dedham, MA
781-329-9924

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Mike Portnoy 'Beatles Cover Band To Play New Shows

Yellow Matter Custard, the Beatles tribute act featuring former Dream Theater / Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy and Spock's Beard keyboardist Neal Morse, has announced new tour dates.

The new dates are its first batch of concerts set to take place in over eight years. The list of dates, cities and venues can be viewed below:

Feb. 25 - Long Beach, CA - Art Theater of Long Beach
Feb. 27 - Chicago, IL - [to be announced]
Feb. 28 - New York City - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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Behind The Scenes Avenged Sevenfold Clip Available

NMETV has posted behind the scenes footage following Avenged Sevenfold onto the stage in Brighton. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Mike Portnoy Tribute Available For Free Download

Independent musicians, graphic artists, and a computer graphics demogroup have collaborated on a grand scale multimedia tribute to Mike Portnoy, in celebration of over a quarter of a century of highly influential musicianship. Mike Portnoy’s early investment into the internet, as well as his relationship with the global fan base, created a fad-transcending musical community that continues to grow past the post quarter century mark.

“Mike, over the years, has fueled an online community with tireless energy and effort, of which it has been a pleasure to be a part of. Members of the community feel that paying some of that energy forward is the least they could do to show their appreciation,” says compilation producer Anthony Morse.

The multimedia tribute appears in the form of a free three disc digital album, interviews,
and some stunning music videos graphically generated by the legendary Greek demogroup Andromeda Software Development.

"Honor Thy Drummer: A Tribute to Mike Portnoy" contains 3 digital discs, 2 new, and a bonus
2009 retrospective disc featuring choice selections from the previous digital release MPF
2009. "Honor Thy Drummer" features a diverse range of styles and approaches, drawing inspiration from Mr. Portnoy’s award winning approach to music, created by acts inspired by his musical influence. The resulting music seamlessly crosses many musical boundaries weaving from heavy time-spanning progressive metal to concise folk.

"The Honor Thy Drummer" multimedia collection is available for free download at spaceprog.com. It contains the digital album in MP3 format, a digital PDF booklet featuring photos, lyrics, and bios of the contributing artists. Two of three interviews with contributing artists Relocator, In Progress, and S.A. Adams, are included, and shed light on their collaborations with progressive metal superstars Derek Sherinian, Mark Zonder, and Mike Portnoy himself, all of whom play on the artists‘ tracks featured in Honor Thy Drummer. The third interview will be released in January.

The scope of this endeavor reaches across the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and the American continent. This project, fueled by the hard work and dedication of all of the participants, resulted in a quality work free to the world, and without the complications of revenue generation. The collection is, simply put, a high quality independent project available freely to all that desire the audio/visual experience.

Here are a couple of videos from the compilation:

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Mike Portnoy Blocked From Re-Joining Dream Theater

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recently ended his time as touring drummer with Avenged Sevenfold. In a response to a post on his official forum, Mike Portnoy has issued the following confirmation that he attempted to rejoin Dream Theater but was rebuffed by the band:

"Just for the record, this is indeed true.. Fairly recently, I reached out to the guys to try and make amends and offered to reconcile for the sake of having peace back in our lives...(plus I know how much it meant to alot of the fans...)

"I figured it was still possible to try and save us because they hadn't made any announcements yet or begun any public activity with another drummer...but sadly, they declined my offer (well, actually their lawyer did...they didn't even tell me themselves....)

"Sorry gang, I honestly gave it my all... So now the fans on my twitter and facebook can please stop asking me to go back to DT...I tried, and the door is now shut...the ball is now in their court, not mine...

"PS - I'm not crying or looking for mercy by posting this...I am merely trying to set the record straight as that is always the most important thing about my relationship with you guys...no BS, no spins, nothing to hide...and for better or for worse, I tell it like it is...

"I've also recently seen some people accuse my online activity of 'looking for attention or media coverage' or 'looking for sympathy,' but it's honestly none of the above...I merely value having an open and active communication with my fans...always have, always will...it is the cornerstone of everything I've done since day #1 with DT....

"This was posted here FOR YOU GUYS to know about...here on MY message board on MY website....if it ends up on Blabbermouth or wherever else, that is THEIR choice to spread, I did not request it or send out a 'press release'.... Anyways, onward and upward..."

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Avenged Sevenfold Posts Official Portnoy Statement

Avenged Sevenfold has posted the following official statement online, in regards to the departue of Mike Portnoy from the group. The statement reads;

"For the past few months, we’ve been blessed with Mike Portnoy‘s talent and humanity. When Mike agreed to tour with us, it was only through the end of 2010. We always knew we’d need to find another solution for 2011 and beyond. And it’s time for us to take that next step.

"We know we are not ready to add another permanent member of Avenged Sevenfold. We don’t know if we will ever be. But if we do, it will only be with someone who is not only a brilliant drummer, but also someone we’ve gotten to know well on the road and off, and who you the fans have had a chance to get to know, and hopefully accept. In other words, in this family, we take these steps together, band and our extended fan family.

"We are lucky to be surrounded by so many friends, many of whom knew Jimmy very well personally, as well as our band and Jimmy‘s drumming talent and style. These friends have introduced us to several amazing drummers. We have decided to take one of them out starting in January. He will not be a member of a7x. He will be someone you and we are getting to know. Perhaps this drummer will be a fit. Perhaps not. One thing is for sure. Over time we will find someone who helps us continue our quest to make the music we love for the fans we love.

"Mike and the band agree that can’t be him. Why? Long before there was an Avenged Sevenfold, there were members of this band who looked up to Mike and, in Jimmy‘s case, learned a lot from watching Mike play. He is a brilliant writer, producer and of course drummer. Because of that, the world and we would always see it as Avenged Sevenfold with Mike Portnoy. We take a lot of pride in A7X being about something greater then any individuals. Its about the music, the fans and the friends and family we have as well as continuing our best friends legacy.

"Please give whoever we try your love and support….and the benefit of the doubt. They won’t be Jimmy. Who could be? But he will be himself, with his own special talents and creativity. And that’s all we could ever look for. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for everything you’ve done to love and support us.

A7X"

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Soundwave Organizer Slams Avenged Sevenfold

Australia's Soundwave festival organizer AJ Maddah has released a series of statements, through his official Twitter account, discussing Avenged Sevenfold's decision to back out of the festival. The entire statement reads:

"Avenged [Sevenfold] have decided, despite having originally confirmed a mid-afternoon spot, that they are now unwilling to play unless it is night time. At the same time, they are refusing to play at the same time as [Iron] Maiden… In other words, they want 'Maiden to play in the afternoon!

"While Avenged are a massive band, having sold around 8,000 copies of their new album nationally, I won't be able to move Maiden's time slot. I have now reached the point where I can no longer mess around 70 other bands and 180,000 ticket holders to appease this band's nonsense. I have every expectation that they will go back on their agreement and cancel."

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Avenged Sevenfold Comments On Portnoy Split

Vocalist M.Shadows of California modern metal act Avenged Sevenfold spoke to The Pulse of Radio in regards to the band's decision to part ways with former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy. M.Shadows commented by saying:

"We were actually a little more shocked. We felt that maybe both parties could have handled it a little more internally without being so press release-happy about what had happened between them. Because we're a band that, really, when it comes to news all over web sites or this or that about bands, you know, we don't tweet much, we don't try to put ourselves out that much, and all the drama and controversy wasn't something that we wanted at all."

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Avenged Sevenfold Backs Out Of Festival Appearance

California modern metal act Avenged Sevenfold has announced its decision to pull out of Australia's Soundwave festival. The band has released the following statement:

"Avenged Sevenfold regretfully announce they will not be performing at the upcoming Soundwave in Australia. After much effort, the band decided that they could not offer fans the live experience they have come to expect and didn’t want to disappoint them. Avenged Sevenfold will return to Australia soon to headline their own tour."

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Avenged Sevenfold Splits With Mike Portnoy

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has announced that he will no longer be drumming for Orange County hard rock act Avenged Sevenfold. His message reads as follows:

"Yes, the rumours are true... sadly my time with Avenged Sevenfold has come to an end. The band has decided to carry on into 2011 without me... I had a great time with them throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was always the initial plan.

"I had an awesome time on stage with the guys every night and have so many cool memories from the experience with them... I am proud to always be part of the A7X family and history. More...

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