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Avenged Sevenfold with Breaking Benjamin and Bullet for My Valentine

Tuesday

Jan 16, 2018 – 06:25 PM

700 Penn St
Reading, PA 19602 Map

  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Breaking Benjamin
  • Bullet For My Valentine

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Avenged Sevenfold: Avenged Sevenfold played a pivotal role in waking metal from its slumber at the beginning of the new millennium. The band was also one of the few groups that was largely influential in shaping the sound of nu metal, and is also one of the only bands to go from metalcore to a more classic metal sound, instead of the other way around. Despite the death of drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, his legacy will live on in the songs he wrote for his final album, Nightmare. After playing 2011 tour dates on the Welcome to the Family tour, Avenged Sevenfold is taking their concert dates overseas to Europe and Australia.

Avenged Sevenfold was formed in 1999 by high school friends Matthew Sanders (M. Shadows), Zachary Baker (Zacky Vengeance), The Rev (Jimmy Sullivan), and Matt Wendt. The group recorded two demos in 1999 and 2000 before releasing their debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, in early 2001. Lead guitarist Brian Haner, Jr. (Synyster Gates) joined shortly after the album's release and John Seward (Johnny Christ) replaced Matt Wendt in 2003. The band soon released their second album, Waking the Fallen, in the same year. Higher production values better showcased Avenged Sevenfold's musical talents and gained attention on Warped Tour dates, as well as the reincarnation of Headbanger's Ball.

The group's major label debut, City of Evil, in 2005, marked a shift from metalcore to a more contemporary metal sound. Avenged Sevenfold spent sixteen continuous months playing concert dates in promotion of the album, eventually canceling tour dates in 2006 so that they could head back into the studio. After a year of tireless recording, the band's self-titled album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 in late 2007. "Dear God" has country music undertones, while "A Little Piece of Heaven" is essentially a metal show tune; these experimental songs received mixed reviews from critics, but fans ate them up.

After numerous tour dates in promotion of the album, Avenged Sevenfold again became eager to get back into the studio. The songs were written and recording set to commence in late December, just days before James "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead in his Huntington Beach home at the age of 28. While drum tracks on the album, Nightmare, were recorded by The Rev's favorite drummer, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, he did record vocals for a few tracks as well as turning in the music for the track "Fiction" just three days before his death. The Rev must have been smiling down on the band because the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and become a huge success with fans and critics.

Fresh off 2011 tour dates for their Welcome to the Family tour, Avenged Sevenfold has more concert dates lined up in Europe and Australia. Avenged Sevenfold will spend June playing tour dates in Western Europe, including stops at Rock Im Park and Rock am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop festival in the Netherlands, and Graspop in Belgium. July 15 and 16 will see Avenged Sevenfold playing concert dates in Wisconsin before heading out on 2011 tour dates in Australia beginning July 28. Australian tour dates will end in Perth on August 6, so European and Australian fans should check Eventful for tickets soon.

Breaking Benjamin: The popular alt-metal band Breaking Benjamin has developed a cult following since their inception in 2001. They shook up the world of rock with hit albums like Phobia and Dear Agony, and have played tour dates to millions of screaming fans.

Ben Brunley briefly started Breaking Benjamin in 1998, but restarted the band in 2000 with a different lineup (except for original guitarist, Aaron Fink). After releasing a hugely successful, self-titled EP in 2001, Breaking Benjamin released Saturate in 2001. The album reached #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and featured the hit single, "Polyamorous". Breaking Benjamin released We Are Not Alone in 2004 and the album went platinum a year later, with the single "So Cold" reached the top of the singles charts. The release of the album was followed by a nasty fallout with original drummer Jeremy Hummel, but also led to some high profile tour dates for Breaking Benjamin.

Breaking Benjamin reached the next plateau of their success upon the release of Phobia in 2006. The platinum album was supported by the hit single, "The Diary of Jane", as well as a plethora of tour dates in the US. Breaking Benjamin only plays tour dates in the United States due to Brunley's intense fear of flying; just one of his many phobias that inspired the album. Breaking Benjamin continued their successful streak with the release of Dear Agony in 2009. The album debuted on the charts at #4 and sold 134,000 in its first week.

In 2010, Breaking Benjamin went on hiatus due to complications of Brunley's Wernicke's ecncephalopathy. The disease is caused by Brunley's alcoholic past and effects his memory and muscle function, greatly affecting his performance on tour dates. This was followed by a dispute between Brunley and Fink and Mark Klepaski over a "Greatest Hits" album of which Brunley did not approve. While the album, Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin met with success upon its release in 2013, Fink and Klepaski were both fired from the band, with Chad Szeliga leaving shortly after.

The next year, Burnley had reformed the band with Jasen Rauch, Keith Wallen, Aaron Bruch, and Shaun Foist. The move proved to be a genius one. The new lineup's debut effort, Dark Before Dawn, quickly shot to the top of Billboard's rock charts, and has become the most successful album by Burnley, to date.

Bullet For My Valentine: Everyone predicted it. The metal press, the music industry and especially the gig going kids, they all knew that there was something special about Bridgend based Welsh metallers, Bullet For My Valentine, and now it looks like everyone else is going to know it as well.

2005 was a momentous year for the four piece; selling out their first ever headline tour of the UK, performing bone-shaking sets at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards and the Kerrang! Day Of Rock and thats before we even mention rocking Reading festival, video shoots in Slovenian caves, making a splash in Japan and preparing for their first US tour. 2006 has allowed that progress to continue with the band headlining the sold-out UK Kerrang! XXV tour, seen a second Kerrang cover, a second Metal Hammer cover, a Rock Sound cover AND a Big Cheese cover, all in the space of 4 months. This is before we even start with the MTV2 A-listed track and top 30 hit All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me), sold out tours in Germany and Japan and a two month US stint with Rob Zombie and Lacuna Coil.

Of course if there is one group of people who are not surprised by their upward velocity this year it is the band themselves. Matt Tuck, vocalist and guitarist, is more matter of fact than arrogant when he says: I know what it is that separates us from most other bands. Its keeping our metal roots; keeping all of the aggressiveness and brutality that weve grown up on, but at the same time writing good songs. You need good melody, good tunes. Then his tongue slips firmly into his cheek as he adds: And when you put it all together in one good looking, young, 21st Century rock band, you cant fail!

The debut album The Poison, released October 3rd 2005, obviously met the demands of the fans, going straight to number one in the rock charts, with four Bullets. It has not left the rock top ten since.

As well as turning in a blistering set at the Kerrang! Day of Rock, where there was almost a riot, they played another foundation rattling gig at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, which was all the more surprising because less than 24 hours earlier Matt had been in hospital suffering from exhaustion.

Wed just been doing too much, says Matt. My body just said No more and packed in. But the same protestant work ethic has taken its toll on the rest of the band as well. During a hectic and insanely well-received tour of Japan, affable drummer, Michael Moose Thomas contracted a potentially fatal strain of bird flu! It was horrible, says Moose I was on a drip for a fortnight. They said it was avian flu but I reckon I picked it up in those caves.

Those caves were the Postojna Caves in Slovenia where they filmed the epic video to their last top 40 single Suffocating Under The Words Of Sorrow (What Can I Do). It was the most heavy metal place you can imagine, underground with all these stalactites. But I thought they were going to snap off and spear me while I was playing, adds the drummer. It had Enter Traveller In To This Immensity carved in big letters in Latin over the entrance, it was mad, adds laidback guitar man Michael Padge Paget. If we dont watch Matt, adds Manga haired bass monster Jason Jay James, thats what the new album will end up being called.

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