Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road for a short run of dates this fall, beginning on September 12th in Bonner Springs, Kansas and winding down on September 21st in Nashville. Volbeat, Killswitch Engage and Avatar will all appear on the bill for most or all of the shows. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday (June 22nd) at 10:00 a.m. local time, while the public sale begins on Friday (June 24th) also at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Avenged Sevenfold has been working on its seventh studio album for a while, but singer M. Shadows told us that the band prefers to take its time: [“In the very beginning, bands put out records almost every year and Led Zeppelin did it and this and that. But then some of my favorite bands would take three, four years to put out a record and when they did, it was a big event for me. And now, because of album sales, because people want to be on the road — that’s where they’re making their money — people want to get things out there and try to stay in the limelight at all times. It doesn’t interest us to do that. We want to just put out the best product possible and when we have something that we’re excited about, then we’ll share it with everybody.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . it with everybody.)

  • Avenged Sevenfold’s previous two releases, 2013’s Hail To The King and 2010’s Nightmare, both topped the Billboard album chart.
  • The upcoming disc will introduce the band’s new drummer, Brooks Wackerman, who joined last year after the departure of Arin Ilejay.
  • Confirmed Avenged Sevenfold tour dates (subject to change):
    September 12 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
    September 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
    September 15 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
    September 20 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
    September 21 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena


  • It’s not clear when Avenged Sevenfold will release its next album, since the band announced earlier this year that it was attempting to sever its contract with Warner Bros. Records.
  • At the end of 2015, the group notified Warner Bros. that they would not render services to the label, citing Section 2855 of the California Labor Code, which limits the duration of personal-services agreements to seven years — the so-called seven-year statute.
  • The label sued the group in January for breach of contract, claiming the band owed it another studio effort and a live set on its existing deal.

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Kevin Medina wrote: “If awesome = 3 overrated bands I never have any intention of seeing all on the same bill, then this tour is awesome.”

Toby McDonald wrote: “If only 5fdp was on this. That would be the ultimate stay away from tour of the year!”

Ian Fraser wrote: “Well, it’s easier to avoid these bands then. Glad they aren’t touring with a band that I enjoy.”

Lindsay Mulberry wrote: “I hope they will be adding more dates! Pretty solid bill.”