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Avenged Sevenfold

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Band Photo: Avenged Sevenfold (?)

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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Rob Zombie Confirms Festival Appearance

Rob Zombie has been announced as the next performer confirmed for next year's Download festival. Download 2011 is set to take place between June 10th, 11th and 12th, 2011 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

Also confirmed to appear:
Avenged Sevenfold
System of a Down
Linkin Park

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Avenged Sevenfold To Play Download 2011

In addition to the news earlier today that the reunited System Of A Down would be headlining Britain's Download festival next year, the organisers of the event has also confirmed that Orange County natives Avenged Sevenfold will be performing at the festival, which takes place at Castle Donington from June 10th-12th. Stay tuned for further confirmations.

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Mike Portnoy Drum Cam Footage Available

Drum cam footage has been posted online of Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy (formerly of Dream Theater) performing the song "Almost Easy" in Stockholm, Sweden. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Avenged Sevenfold Announces New Tour Dates

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following announcement about the "Nightmare After Christmas" tour:

"You made such an uproar… and we heard you. Avenged Sevenfold return to the United States for 'The Nightmare After Christmas' tour. Get ready to see a brand new show with all new production, coming to 18 markets throughout the United States. Special Guests Stone Sour and Hollywood Undead are coming along too for this Nightmare. This is one show you can’t afford to miss. So enjoy the holidays cause after Christmas your fucking nightmare comes to life."

The dates are as follows:

1/20 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
1/22 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center
1/23 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
1/25 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Arena
1/26 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Coliseum
1/28 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
1/29 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
1/30 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
2/1 Moline, IL iWireless Center
2/2 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
2/4 Battlecreek, MI Kellogg Arena
2/5 Detriot, MI TBD
2/7 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
2/8 Grand Island, NE Heartland Events Center
2/11 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
2/12 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
2/14 Euguen, OR TBD
2/16 San Jose, CA San Jose Events Center

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Avenged Sevenfold Not Playing Fayetteville Show

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following brief statement clarifying that the band does not currently have a tour date schedule for Fayetteville on January 22nd: "Please be aware that Avenged Sevenfold is not performing on 1/22/11 in Fayetteville, NC. Anyone selling tickets is a fraud." The upcoming Avenged Sevenfold tour dates are as follows:

11/11 2010 Live Music Hall Cologne, GERMANY
11/12 2010 Rockhal Box Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
11/14 2010 Zenith France, FRANCE
11/15 2010 Melkweg Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
11/16 2010 Markthalle Hamburg, DE
11/19 2010 Baltiska Halle Malmo, SWEDEN
11/24 2010 Spektrem Oslo, NORWAY
12/11 2010 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino- The Joint Las Vegas, NV
2/26 2011 RNA Showgrounds Brisbane, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
2/27 2011 Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, Australia
3/4 2011 Melbourne Showgrounds Melbourne, Australia
3/5 2011 Bonython Park Adelaide, Australia
3/7 2011 Steel Blue Oval Perth, Australia

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Avenged Sevenfold Thanks Spanish Fans

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following statement to the band's Spanish and Italian fans:

"Message to Spanish and Italian fans: 2 of the most incredible fan and concert experiences we have ever had were in our concerts in Barcelona and Milan. The crowds were louder then the instruments! Thank you all so much for the support and we cannot wait to return. With love and respect, A7X."

The upcoming Avenged Sevenfold tour dates are as follows:

11/7 2010 Brighton Centre Brighton, UNITED KINGDOM
11/8 2010 Olympia Dublin, IRELAND
11/11 2010 Live Music Hall Cologne, GERMANY
11/12 2010 Rockhal Box Luxembourg, n/a, LUXEMBOURG
11/14 2010 Zenith France, N/A, FRANCE
11/15 2010 Melkweg Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
11/16 2010 Markthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, DE
11/19 2010 Baltiska Halle Malmo, SWEDEN
11/24 2010 Spektrem Oslo, NORWAY
12/11 2010 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - The Joint Las Vegas, NV
2/26 2011 RNA Showgrounds Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia
2/27 2011 Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney, Australia
3/4 2011 Melbourne Showgrounds Melbourne, Australia
3/5 2011 Bonython Park Adelaide, Australia
3/7 2011 Steel Blue Oval Perth, Australia

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Avenged Sevenfold Announces Halloween Edition Set

Avenged Sevenfold has announced a special Halloween edition box set of the band's latest album "Nightmare." The limited edition box set contains an exclusive Nightmare artwork t-shirt, black knit fingerless gloves with A7X logo, the "Nightmare" album, and more. You can find more details on the Halloween edition at this location.

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Avenged Sevenfold Video Interview Available

The Pentagon Channel has posted a video interview online of Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows discussing the band's planned USO tour of Iraq and Kuwait. You can check out the video clip below.

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New Mike Portnoy Drum Cam Footage Available

Former Dream Theater drummer and current Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy has posted a new drum cam video online taken from Avenged Sevenfold's recent tour stop in Sacramento, California. The footage was taken during the band's performance of the song "Nightmare."

You can view the drum cam video below:

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Avenged Sevenfold Thanks Brazilian Fans

Avenged Sevenfold has checked in with the following brief message thanking the band's Brazilian fans:

"To our fans in Brazil thank you so much for welcoming back to your great country. We could hear you all chanting our name all day between bands and you made us feel at home. We cannot wait to come back. Much Love and Respect."

You can also catch Avenged Sevenfold live on the following dates: More...

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Interesting Mike Portnoy Video Interview Available

A video interview between Sabian's Chris Stankee and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has been posted online. Mike Portnoy talks about his future plans with Avenged Sevenfold and his decision to stay on with the band. The video interview can be viewed below:

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Avenged Sevenfold To Headline Holiday Havoc

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following announcement about headlining the Holiday Havoc show in Las Vegas:

"Avenged Sevenfold will be headlining X107.5 Holiday Havoc 2010 with special guests Big B with Scott Russo, The Black Pacific and This is My Curse. The show will be held at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on December 11, 2010. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, October 9 at noon PDT. For more info and ticket links go here."

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Avenged Sevenfold Changes Munich Venue

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following announcement about changing venues for the band's upcoming Munich show:

"Due to overwhelming demand, the Avenged Sevenfold show in Munich, Germany is being moved to TONHALLE and more tickets are being made available. If you didn’t get your tickets the first time, do not wait, tickets will not last.

"First come, first served. The show will still take place on October 23 and tickets purchased for Theatre Fabrik will be honored for the new venue. Go to this location for tickets."

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Avenged Sevenfold Changes Milan Show Venue

Avenged Sevenfold has checked in with the following update about changing venues for the band's upcoming Milan tour date:

"Due to overwhelming demand, Avenged Sevenfold in Milan is being moved to the Palasharp and more tickets are being made available. If you didn’t get your tickets the first time, do not wait, tickets will not last. First come, first served. The show will still take place on October 21 and tickets purchased for Alcatraz will be honored for the new venue. Get your tickets here."

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Avenged Sevenfold Changes Barcelona Venue

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following update about changing venues for the band's upcoming Barcelona show:

"Due to overwhelming demand, Avenged Sevenfold in Barcelona is being moved to the Sant Jordi Club and more tickets are being made available. If you didn’t get your tickets the first time, do not wait, tickets will not last. First come, first served. The show will still take place on October 20 and tickets purchased for Razzmatazz will be honored for the new venue.

"Get your tickets here or by calling 902 15 00 25 and via the usual sales outlets of the Ticketmaster network. Ticket price is 27 Euros (booking fees not included). Remember that the new venue has no age restrictions."

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Stone Sour Announces European tour With Hellyeah

Stone Sour, the Iowa alternative metal act featuring Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor, has announced a long list tour dates set to take place in Europe throughout October and November. Support on the tour will come from Avenged Sevenfold and HellYeah.

Stone Sour European tour dates:
Oct. 22 - GER, Berlin Huxleys / C-Hall
Oct. 23 - GER, Cologne E-Werk
Oct. 24 - GER, Stuttgart Longhorn LKA
Oct. 26 - SCO, Glasgow SECC*
Oct. 27 - ENG, Manchester Academy*
Oct. 28 - ENG, Birmingham NIA*
Oct. 30 - ENG, Hammersmith Apollo
Oct. 31 - ENG, Hammersmith Apollo
Nov. 02 - ENG, Newcastle Academy*
Nov. 03 - ENG, Leeds Academy*
Nov. 04 - ENG, Manchester Academy*
Nov. 06 - ENG, Plymouth Pavilion*
Nov. 07 - ENG, Brighton Centre*
Nov. 09 - HOL, Tilburg 013
Nov. 11 - SWI, Zurich Volkshaus
Nov. 12 - ITA, Milan Live Club
Nov. 14 - GER, Hamburg Docks
Nov. 16 - DEN, Copenhagen Vega Main Hall
Nov. 17 - NOR, Oslo Sentrum Scene
Nov. 18 - SWE, Stockholm Arenan
Nov. 20 - GER, Dresden Strasse E / Eventwerk
Nov. 21 - GER, Herford X / Ringlok
Nov. 22 - GER, Munich Kesselhaus

*Avenged Sevenfold's only scheduled dates

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Avenged Sevenfold Changes Oslo Show Venue

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following announcement about changing venues for the band's upcoming show in Oslo, Norway:

"Due to overwhelming demand, the Avenged Sevenfold show in Oslo, Norway is being moved to Spektrem and more tickets are being made available. If you didn’t get your tickets the first time, do not wait, tickets will not last. First come, first served. The show will still take place on November 24 and tickets purchased for Sentrum Scene will be honored for the new venue. Go to this location tomorrow for ticket information.?"

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Avenged Sevenfold Changes Venue For Paris Show

Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following announcement about changing venues for the band's upcoming show in Paris:

"Due to overwhelming demand, Avenged Sevenfold in Paris is being moved to the Zenith and more tickets are being made available. If you didn’t get your tickets the first time, do not wait, tickets will not last. First come, first served. The show will still take place on November 14 and tickets purchased for Elysee Montmarte will be honored for the new venue. Get your tickets here."

The upcoming Avenged Sevenfold tour dates are as follows: More...

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Mike Portnoy Asks Fans Not To Blame A7X

Yesterday, 25 year drummer Mike Portnoy announced his decision to leave Dream Theater, and the band then also issued a statement regarding Portnoy's departure. Portnoy's Facebook has since been updated with the following brief statement asking fans not to blame the break on his recent involvement with Avenged Sevenfold after the death of the band's drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan:

"I BEG of the fans to please NOT hold A7X responsible for MY decision...they are just as shocked as you guys..I had been contemplating this and desiring a 'break' (not split) as long ago as last year...everything else is fully explained in the press release...thank you all for your support and understanding...this is the hardest thing I've ever done..."

Additional details on Mike Portnoy's future musical projects will be announced as they are made available.

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Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater

Drummer Mike Portnoy, who has been working with Avenged Sevenfold since the death of drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, has now issued the following announcement about parting ways with Dream Theater:

"I am about to write something I never imagined I'd ever write: After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater....the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century. To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision...it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so....

"After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater... Please don't misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them...it's just that I think we are in serious need of a little break...

"Dream Theater was always my baby...and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985...24/7, 365...never taking time off from DT's never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was 'off' between cycles)...working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band...

"But I've come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out...and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired. More...

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