Avenged Sevenfold

Biography

One of the more successful and accessible metalcore outfits to come out of the early 2000s, Avenged Sevenfold endured changes both stylistic and internal during their rise from teenage troublemakers to mainstream success story. The members of Avenged Sevenfold (or A7X) were still attending high school in Huntington Beach, California when they formed their band in 1999. Nevertheless, it didn't take long for M. Shadows (vocals), Zacky Vengeance (guitar), Synyster Gates (guitar), the Reverend (drums), and Johnny Christ (bass) to make an impression with their aggressive hybrid of metal, hard rock, and punk-pop. The band made its official debut in July 2001, releasing Sounding the Seventh Trumpet on the Goodlife label before moving to the Hopeless roster for 2003's Waking the Fallen. Warner Bros. took interest in the band's aggressive sound and issued its breakthrough release, City of Evil, in June 2005. The album reached number 30 on Billboard's Top 200, propelled in part by the Top Ten success of the single "Bat Country." The accompanying music video was heavily rotated on MTV and Fuse, where live appearances also helped boost Avenged's growing profile, and the band ultimately won the Best New Artist Award (though they were hardly newcomers) at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
As demand for their music increased, Avenged Sevenfold canceled their tour dates for fall 2006 and set to work on a fourth studio album. Boasting a grittier sound than previous releases, the self-titled/self-produced disc appeared in October 2007, debuting at number four on the Billboard Top 200 and spinning off the radio single "Almost Easy." The album also fared well in England, where three songs cracked the Top Five of the U.K. rock charts, and Avenged Sevenfold helped support the release by touring North America on the Taste of Chaos tour. Released in September 2008, the CD/DVD package Live in the LBC and Diamonds in the Rough captured the band during a tour stop in Long Beach. In 2009, the band announced plans to begin work on its third studio release. That same year, drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan passed away at the age of 28, and in 2010, the band released Nightmare with replacement drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). In 2011, they recorded the song "Carry On" for the Call of Duty Arms: Black Ops video game, before releasing 2013's Hail to the King, which featured new drummer Arin Ilejay of Confide, and reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200. Citing "creative differences," Ilejay left the group shortly after the album's release, and was replaced by Brooks Wackerman (Mass Mental, Bad Religion), who would man the kit for the band's seventh studio outing, Voltaic Oceans. The band eventually dropped the release with no pre-empted promotion, and under a different title; The Stage in October 2016 following a live-streamed, 360-degree, 3-D performance atop the Capitol building in Hollywood. The record was their longest to date and was described by the band as a concept album exploring the themes of artificial intelligence. The 16-minute closing track "Exist" featured a spoken word appearance from revered astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Birth Date: 1999

Origin: Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Rock 

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

    Albums

    No albums available

    Concerts

    5

    Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 3, 2017

    Ends: Friday, May 5, 2017

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Artists: Avenged Sevenfold, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, The Pretty Reckless, Alter Bridge, Filter, Nothing More, Fozzy, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes


    10

    M&T Bank Stadium

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Baltimore, MD

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    12

    Lincoln Financial Field

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Friday, May 12, 2017

    Philadelphia, PA

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    14

    MetLife Stadium

    Sunday, May 14, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, May 14, 2017

    East Rutherford, NJ

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    7

    Sports Authority Field At Mile High

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Denver, CO

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    11

    NRG Stadium

    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, June 11, 2017

    Houston, TX

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    14

    Alamodome

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    San Antonio, TX

    Artists: Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold


    16

    AT&T Stadium

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Start: Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Ends: Friday, June 16, 2017

    Arlington, TX

    Artists: Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold


    18

    Soldier Field

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Chicago, IL

    Artists: Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold


    5

    Camping World Stadium

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Orlando, FL

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    7

    Hard Rock Stadium

    Friday, July 7, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Friday, July 7, 2017

    Miami, FL

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    9

    SunTrust Park

    Sunday, July 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, July 9, 2017

    Atlanta, GA

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    19

    Parc Jean Drapeau

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Montreal, QC

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat


    29

    Rose Bowl

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Pasadena, CA

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and GOJIRA


    4

    University of Phoenix Stadium

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Friday, August 4, 2017

    Glendale, AZ

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and GOJIRA


    6

    Petco Park

    Sunday, August 6, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Sunday, August 6, 2017

    San Diego, CA

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and GOJIRA


    9

    CenturyLink Field

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    Seattle, WA

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and GOJIRA


    14

    BC Place

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Monday, August 14, 2017

    Vancouver, BC

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and GOJIRA


    16

    Commonwealth Stadium / Stade du Commonwealth

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Start: Friday, February 17, 2017

    Ends: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    Edmonton, AB

    Artists: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and GOJIRA


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