AVENGED SEVENFOLD have announced a December 15th release date for the deluxe version of their critically acclaimed album, THE STAGE (Capitol). This new edition features 7 additional studio songs + 4 unreleased live tracks recorded during the band’s recent shows at The O2 arena in London. Among the 7 bonus tracks is the band’s stunning cover of the Pink Floyd classic, “Wish You Were Here,” which was released today and can be heard HERE. Both the digital and physical deluxe versions of THE STAGE can be pre-ordered HERE (note: the CD and vinyl versions of the album will include a special lenticular cover).
“Wish You Were Here” is the latest in a series of new songs released by the band over the course of the past few months, but until now have been unavailable for purchase. Those tracks include Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” a reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo,” original track “Dose,” a cover of Del Shannon’s 1961 No. 1 hit, “Runaway” (featuring a guest appearance by Vandals’ guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and lead vocals by Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance), the band’s version of The Beach Boys’ 1966 hit, “God Only Knows” and most recently, their rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By.” The four concert recordings are all live versions of fan favorites from The Stage, including the title track, “Paradigm,” “Sunny Disposition” and “God Damn.”
Tickets are also on sale now for Avenged Sevenfold’s 2018 North American arena headlining tour, set to kick off January 12th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with special guests Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. The tour will be North America’s introduction to the electrifying Stage spectacle that drew rave reviews in Europe and the UK. The band has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Tour Experiences, including access to a VIP-only viewing area, an official signed show setlist, an invitation to the pre-show lounge featuring Avenged Sevenfold memorabilia and an exclusive A7X tour book including never-before-seen photos. For full package details, please visit CID Entertainment.
Avenged Sevenfold (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) became one of the world’s biggest rock bands by creating a sound that broke through obstacles of language, distance and culture. They raised the stakes and standards for the genre with a string of blockbuster albums, including their 2005 platinum-selling breakthrough, City Of Evil, 2007’s platinum-selling Avenged Sevenfold and two consecutive No. 1’s on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart: 2010’s Nightmare and 2013’s Hail To The King. They’ve achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries, racked up over a billion video views and a billion-plus Spotify streams, have consistently been one of the most-played bands on rock radio for over a decade with multiple No. 1 singles, and have headlined arenas and the biggest rock festivals around the globe, amassing a diehard international fan base whose members number in the millions.
They’ve proved themselves again and again to be one of the genre’s most forward-thinking artists, reinforced by The Stage, which was praised by Rolling Stone for being “epic and adventurous” and “the most aggressively bonkers music of the quintet’s career.” NME, Q, The Guardian, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Revolver, Metal Injection, Alternative Press, Drum, Total Guitar and Classic Rock are among the myriad press outlets that lauded the album, with the latter calling it “a metal masterpiece.”
The band amplified the album with a spectacular new live show that critics and fans alike cheered as brutally entertaining. After the recent 02 Arena shows, the London Evening Standard lauded Avenged Sevenfold as “a global phenomenon” and wrote that the band “specialized in preposterous fun,” calling the show “royally entertaining.” The Guardian ran a 4-star review of the show in Glasgow, writing, “Underneath retina-scorching screens and giant cosmic cube broadcasting spiraling starfields, the five-piece methodically discharge booming, arena-filling songs…these industrial assemblages of growing riffs and fret-melting solos have a default minor-key menace, yet the overall atmosphere is surprisingly joyous.” But Kerrang! best summed up Avenged Sevenfold’s new live show: “you’ve never seen anything like it.”
Don’t miss your chance to catch Avenged Sevenfold live. Dates are as follows:
January 12 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
January 14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Van Andel Arena
January 16 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
January 17 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Ctr – Penn State University
January 24 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
January 25 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
January 27 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
January 31 – Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum***
February 2 – North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
February 3 – Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
February 6 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena
February 8 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
February 9 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ US Cellular Center
February 11 – Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
***=on sale 10/13