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Avenged Sevenfold

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


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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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.


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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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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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