He continued: “This [current North American headlining] tour has surprised me the most because we’re 18 years into our career and these are the best ticket sales we’ve ever had. Most of these shows are selling out and they’re selling out quick, so I think it has to do with an accumulation of time and if you continually put on a good show and try to do the right moves and try to put out good records. After a while, there’s less and less bands at these big shows so the fans, when you come to their city, it’s an event. I think that’s important, that you make it an event for them so that every time you come through they want to come out.”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD skipped this year’s Grammy Awards in apparent protest of the way the organization treats the rock and heavy metal genres. The band received its first-ever Grammy nomination this year in the “Best Rock Song” category for the song “The Stage”, the title track from its latest LP.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently released a deluxe edition of “The Stage” and began a North American headlining tour on January 12 in Nashville with special guests BREAKING BENJAMIN and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.