The Wheelblocks (Avenged Sevenfold, Fozzy, Etc.) Share Cover Of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High”

The Wheelblocks, the new supergroup featuring Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Strauss’ boyfriend Josh Villalta, have premiered a new video for their cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High.” You can check that out below. You can also head to Loudwire to read a new interview in which Jericho discussed the project.

Avenged Sevenfold, Fozzy, Etc. Members Launch New Project The Wheelblocks

Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Strauss’ boyfriend Josh Villalta have announced a new project called The Wheelblocks. The band’s first single, a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High,” will be released on August 6.

Johnny Christ Says Avenged Sevenfold Have “Been Working For A Long Time On New Material”

It looks like Avenged Sevenfold are continuing to work on music for their new album. Bassist Johnny Christ recently chatted with “Mosh Talks With Beez” for knotfest.com and confirmed that the band have “been working for a long time on new material.”

Chirst said the following:

“We’ve been working for a long time on new material. I can’t verify how far in we are or anything like that. And it’s not even me trying to be secretive or anything like that. There’s so much going on in the world right now, for me to get people’s hopes up and then something has to switch last minute, I would be very irresponsible if I gave any kind of information of where we are in the process.”

He also added the following when pressed for more info:

“There’s stuff, there’s stuff. [Laughs] I don’t wanna divulge that, man; I can’t. Again, I’m not trying to be cheeky or anything like that. There’s too many moving parts in the world right now, and I don’t wanna mess with anybody’s hopes and dreams.”

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan: “We Played A Couple Of Shows That I Was Not Proud Of Recently”

During a recent appearance on Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ‘s “Drinks With Johnny,” System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan opened up about the current state of the band. Among the topics covered was the group’s live shows, some of which Dolmayan “was not proud of recently.”

Dolmayan said the following:

“I’m gonna be honest with you — we played a couple of shows that I was not proud of recently, because we didn’t put in the practice, and we had, like, a skeleton crew. They [are the ones who] set up the equipment, they set up the lights, all the production. All this stuff has to be set up so that we can go up and do our jobs, which is to entertain you ultimately. And these guys all have to work when we’re not working.

Avenged does it the right way — they’ll do an album cycle, they’ll do a hundred shows, or whatever it is in that cycle, which means they can employ these people for a year to two years. System does it the complete opposite way and half-assed. We employ people for three to four weeks, which means we get who’s available as opposed to who we wanna work with long term.”

He also had the following to say about the band’s lack of new material:

“We’ve been enormously successful with each other. So, ego gets in the way a lot. It gets in the way of relationships, it gets in the way of business relationships, and sometimes you lose sight of why you started to do something together. In any industry, but more so in music, people get into their heads sometimes. You’ve gotta let things go in life.

You have to let things go in that you’re gonna offend each other, you’re gonna have problems. Every relationship has them. So you’ve gotta get past it and get out of your own fucking way ultimately, and System just hasn’t been able to do that. We have some things that have gotten in the way of doing what we do best.”

On another note, Dolmayan also talked a bit about his These Grey Men covers project, which will feature guest appearances from M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.), and more:

“I worked with really cool people… Again, I’m not trying to create something to compete with System. I’m just doing it because I enjoy playing music. I’m not a songwriter, but I can arrange the fuck out of songs. So, I arranged these songs in a way that I thought was interesting and I listened to songs that I thought maybe there was a lack. Or what would I do if I played this song? What would I do if I was presented this song?”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Members Of Avenged Sevenfold Read More Mean Tweets About Themselves

Avenged Sevenfold have shared the second installment in their “Mean Tweets” series. The clip is inspired by a Jimmy Kimmel segment, and it can be found below. The first video can be found HERE.

Watch Members Of Avenged Sevenfold Read Mean Tweets About Themselves

Avenged Sevenfold have decided to do their own version Of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” segment. You can check out footage of Synyster Gates, Johnny Christ, and Brooks Wackerman partaking in that below:

Watch Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates Get Pranked Onstage With Chipmunk Vocals

Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christdecided to mess with Synyster Gates at their March 9 show in Stockholm, Sweden by changing the voacl pitch on his in-ear monitors to make it the vocals sound like Chipmunks. The band shared a video regarding that:

Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christ To Miss Upcoming German Shows

Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ will be missing the band’s upcoming German shows so he can head home as him and his wife welcome their new son. The band’s guitar tech, Dave Stauble will fill in for him until he returns for their Berlin concert on February 15.

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Johnny Christ said the following:

“Hello to all the fans out there, I wanted to share the news with you all that my wife and I recently added a new addition to the A7X family, Franklin James. Unfortunately because of this exciting announcement I have had to stay back and miss a couple of shows in one of my favorite countries, Germany. We have one of our amazing techs filling in so the shows can go on. I’ll be catching back up with you guys in Berlin on Feb. 15th. Can’t wait to see you all, thanks for everyone’s support.

– Daddy Christ”