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.”

Concert Review: Avenged Sevenfold, A Day To Remember, & HO99O9 In Mountain View, CA

On July 28, I attended the Avenged Sevenfold, A Day To Remember, & HO99O9 concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and it was a great show.

HO99O9 opened up the night with an insane performance. The group’s recorded music is considered hip-hop, but in a live setting they sound straight up punk. theOGM and Eaddy’s vocals mixed with Brandon Pertzborn’s (Black Flag, Doyle) insane drumming made for a cool set, which was worth getting there early for.

After HO99O9, A Day To Remember came out for a fun set. The group’s performance began with the stage “talking” to the crowd to introduce the band. Then they came out and blasted right into “All I Want.” The band’s high energy set was made only better by their crowd participation efforts, ranging from having people throw toilet paper, bounce beach balls, and catch shirts from a t-shirt cannon. Frontman Jeremy McKinnon was a little disappointed that people couldn’t mosh or crowd surf up front, due to a lack of a pit area, but that didn’t stop the band from keeping the crowd engaged. Highlights from their set include the previously mentioned opener “All I Want,” “Naivety,” and “If It Means A Lot To You.”

Then it was time for the headliners of the night, Avenged Sevenfold! The band’s show started with outer space-like imagery recreating the cover art of the band’s latest album “The Stage” across several screens, along with flashing lightning. Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ and Brooks Wackerman (ex-Bad Religion) then entered the arena to launch into the aforementioned album’s title track, before M. Shadows ran out just in time for the vocals to kick in. Their musicianship was impeccable, between Gates and Vengeance’s amazing guitar harmonies, to Wackerman’s thunderous drumming. This combined with the various onscreen imagery to accompany each track, and fire blasts, made for one grand spectacle. The images were especially powerful, due to the way they helped the songs come to life in a story-like manner, as Shadows’ powerful voice narrated. It didn’t stop there either. Shadows even made sure the audience was a part of everything by having them do things like throwing their fists to the sky, yelling “hail” during “Hail To The King,” putting lighters/cell phones up for “So Far Away,” etc. The concert was really phenomenal on all levels. Highlights of the night included “Nightmare,” “Almost Easy,” “God Damn,” “Sunny Disposition,” “A Little Piece Of Heaven,” and their finale “Unholy Confessions.”

Avenged Sevenfold Premiere Visualizer Video For New Song “Dose”

Avenged Sevenfold have shared an official visualizer for their new song “Dose.” The track was previously made available as part of the “Dungeon Hunter 5” video game, and it is the latest track to be added to their evolving album “The Stage.“

M. Shadows commented:

“Musically, ‘Dose‘ was supposed to be a Part 2 to ‘Roman Sky‘ and had a very cinematic feel, but we turned it into more of a tripped-out metal song. The lyrics were inspired by an unsolved mystery that dates back to the 1950s about an airline traveler who, if you believe the story, supposedly fell into our dimension from another. According to reports, he showed up in a Tokyo airport with a passport from a country that didn’t exist anywhere on a map. He was detained for questioning, but mysteriously vanished from a room guarded by immigration officials, taking with him all evidence of his existence. It ties into the theory that there are infinite possibilities of our lives being played out across space and time. Don’t know if the story is true, but I’m fascinated by that kind of stuff and thought it’d be a fun idea for a song.”

Avenged Sevenfold Premiere New Song “Dose” In “Dungeon Hunter 5” Video Game

UPDATE: An official Visualizer for “Dose” is now available HERE.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Avenged Sevenfold have teamed up with Gameloft to release a new song titled “Dose” their “Dungeon Hunter 5.” The track is part of a special Avenged Sevenfold dungeon, which includes a boss inspired by their latest album “The Stage.“ An official stream is expected to surface tomorrow (July 14), but you can find a teaser in the below trailer, and a fan-uploaded stream below:

Avenged Sevenfold Share Cover Of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo”

Avenged Sevenfold are sticking to their promise to evolve “The Stage” and have now shared the second expansion, a cover of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo.” Check that out below:

M. Shadows commented:

“We’re massive fans of Mr. Bungle. ‘Retrovertigo‘ is one of their softer songs and a particular favorite of ours and we thought it’dd be a fun twist to make a heavy version.

We hope this song encourages the uninitiated to dig a little deeper into the brilliant world of Mr. Bungle. Mike Patton is one of the greatest vocalists of our generation and it was pretty daunting for me to sing one of his songs, but we had a great time recording this track.”

[via NME]

Avenged Sevenfold Recruit Ho99o9 As The Opening Act For Their Headlining Shows With A Day To Remember

Avenged Sevenfold have confirmed that Ho99o9 will be the opening act for their upcoming headlining shows with A Day To Remember. You can see those dates below:

07/28 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/31 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
08/03 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/11 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
08/12 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

Avenged Sevenfold Share Cover Of Mexican Folk Song “Malagueña Salerosa”

Avenged Sevenfold previously said they wanted to evolve their latest album “The Stage” and now they have shared the first expansion, a cover of the Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa.“ They recorded the track with producer Joe Barresi and it features guest horns from Sarah Bauza and Rachel Tate Herrmann.

M. Shadows commented:

“We’ve said all along that we want ‘The Stage‘ to be a different and exciting listening experience. For us, the idea of turning an album into a living piece of art and adding new installations is really intriguing. It expands the journey.”

As for the song, he offered:

“We wanted to do the song justice and that meant singing in its original language. It was difficult, but I worked on it for weeks and had a Spanish-speaking friend come over daily to go over pronunciation. I also brought him to the studio to produce the vocals. It was important to me to get it right.”

Synyster Gates added:

“I’ve always loved that song. There have been a few interesting interpretations over the years, including Chingon’s version from the ‘Kill Bill Volume 2‘ soundtrack. That’s a great example of how a timeless song can be made relevant with a creative modern take. The structure, arrangement and incredible vocal work of their rendition was inspiring.”