December 28, 2009, a date no A7X fan will forget...the passing of The REV. How could this be? A band finnally that is amazing, and has done so well...and then....the Untimely passing of the bands founding member, James Owen Sullivan....Tragic, Sadness, and Uncertaity...What Now?
When A7X said that they would finish the Nightmare album and tour....I was happy...but who...on God's green earth...could ever fill the shoes of the REV? No one...no one...will ever...is the anwser to that...but, luckily Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater stepped in with the guys for the Nightmare tour...and "So Far Away" which Syn Gates orginally started writting for his grandfather became and ode to the REV....as well as, "Fiction", the last song the REV worked on before his death...amd hearing the lyrics...it's quite uncanny and chilling.
The time is now....the 2013 Avenged Sevenfold "Hail to the King" Tour is almost underway, starting tomorrow October 3 for a trek of three weeks in the US! This is a big day for me! I have been an Avenged Sevenfold fan since I first caught wing of their music....and believe it or not I have NEVER seen the band live..........I know...and extreame injustice!!! It all began, when a promo pacakage came to the studio in 2005 containing a t-shirt with the deathbat logo....I thought...immediately....cool shirt...I must hear this band....and that is when I heard "Beast and the Harlot" from the Cities of Evil Album...and fell in love with the sound....especially the mad guitar skillls of Synyster Gates and the Drum Magic of the Rev. Since that day, A7X has had my Soul.
I am pretty sure I wore that promotional deathbat t-shirt at least once a week unil it finally wore out. For some reason over the years, I became busy and never got to see Avenged Sevenfold live...there was a point in 2008 when the played the Warehouse in Houston and I remember wanting to go, but something came up. I was saddened.
In 2007 the self-titled Avenged Sevenfold Album was released....another win for the guys! This band, this band was a band I could listen to every track on the album and find fault in none of their songs....I had never had a band I could not find fault with until A7X! The became my FAVORITE BAND!
So...here we are presant day...when it was announced that Avenged Sevenfold was coming out with a new album and tour....I awaited the dates....This time...I would not miss seeing my favorite band....I regret I never got to see the REV live...this tour...I will regret nothing. Three glorious Texas dates on the Hail to the King Tour! October 18 The Woodlands, October 19 Dallas-American Airlines Arena, and October 20 San Antonio-AT&T Arena...YES...I have spent a small fortune on tickets...BUT, I will be at all three shows! Even though I cried when I could not get pit tickets for the Woodlands...I managed to get pretty good seats...(yes...I really did cry about that) and GA Floor for the Arenas....so I am hoping to make my way past the heavy make-up ladden little girls and get a great view. Wish me Luck! I have seen a lot of bands, been to so may shows I can't remember them all...but, unlike most...THESE A7X shows mean the world to me...so with a trip that could be like the movie "Detroit Rock City mixed with Almost Famous" I AM READY TO SEE MY FAVORITE BAND IN THE WORLD!!! If you have not listened to the new album...DO IT! "HAIL TO THE KING" A7X foREVer!