Avenged Sevenfold Cover Del Shannon’s “Runaway” With Zacky Vengeance On Vocals, Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals) Guests

Avenged Sevenfold have premiered their cover of Del Shannon’s “Runaway.” The track, which features Zacky Vengeance on vocals and special guest Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals), is the latest track to be added to their evolving album “The Stage.“

M. Shadows commented:

“When we decided to expand the album and add new tracks, everyone in the band chose a song that would be interesting to cover. Zacky came up with the idea of doing a punk rock version of the Del Shannon classic. While in the studio, Synyster [Gates] brought up our old friend Warren Fitzgerald, saying it’d be great to have him play on the track and give the song the kind of reckless abandon he’s known for with The Vandals. With Warren on board, Zacky wanted to have a crack at singing, which really put the song over the top. I do a little talking thing with him in the middle of the track, but that’s it. The rest is all him and it came out great.”

Zacky Vengeance added:

“I’ve always loved ‘Runaway’ and the dark undertone hidden behind the upbeat doo wop track. You can hear sincere anguish in his voice. I raised my hand to add a little punk rock flair to the vocals, have some fun, and give the fans a little something to talk about.”

Fitzgerald commented as well:

“I’ve known the Avenged Sevenfold guys for years and obviously Brooks [Wackerman, A7X drummer] played with The Vandals, and our bands are both from Huntington Beach, so the ties run deep. But I was still surprised and honored that they asked me to play on the track. I think it’s a really cool choice for a cover and the guys were very generous in the studio. They’re all incredible musicians and to have them say, ‘Do what you do,’ was really flattering. So I did, and we had a blast, and I’m tickled to death with how it all turned out.”

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