Last month, Avenged Sevenfold wrapped a sold-out tour in support of their latest album, The Stage. The month-long trek found the group playing arenas around the country, but singer M. Shadows tells Rolling Stone that the metal outfit's upcoming summer tour "will be our biggest trek yet. In terms of production and song selection, it feels like the whole cycle has been leading up to this."
The tour kicks off July 22nd at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts and wraps September 2nd at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. Prophets of Rage will join Avenged Sevenfold throughout the trek, while Three Days Grace will serve as support.
"They have experience from an era that we respect," Shadows says of hitting the road with Prophets of Rage. "Growing up it was the music of the Nineties that spoke to us the most. These guys are legends and I hope the two audiences can come together to make something special."
"Awful pop dominating the airwaves? Political chaos across the land? Wanna fight back? Well The End Of The World Tour is here," Prophets of Rage’s Tom Morello said in a statement. "Prophets of Rage & Avenged Sevenfold have always played absolutely uncompromising music. If you want your summer loud, raw and fearless we'll see you in the pit."
For Avenged Sevenfold, this summer run marks the group's third major tour in support of The Stage, which was released in October 2016. Shadows says the band plans to expand and tweak their setlist from those previous runs, while also adding a few props to their stage show such as pyrotechnics. The tour is part of Live Nation's "Ticket to Rock" promo, which offers fans the chance to buy multi-ticket bundles to a variety of other summer tours.
Even after two massive tours in support of The Stage, Shadows says there are parts of Avenged Sevenfold's set that he's grown particularly fond of, such as opening each show with the album's title track. He adds that a portion of The Stage cut "Exist" "adds a cool dynamic to the set," while he's enjoyed unearthing older tracks like "Chapter Four," "Second Heartbeat" and "Burn it Down."
Avenged Sevenfold released The Stage a year-and-a-half ago, but Shadows says the subject at the record's core – artificial intelligence – has stuck with him. "You see the world in a different light – an exciting light when you base your beliefs in science, in facts," he says. "I wouldn’t want to live any other way and hopefully this album interests people enough to want to educate themselves on the subjects we discuss. I've also realized playing these songs live that some people want to come to a show and not think about what the songs mean and that’s OK, too."
Avenged Sevenfold/Prophets of Rage Tour Dates
July 22 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 25 - Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 26 - Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre
July 31 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 1 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 3 - Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
August 4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
August 6 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 7 - Clarkston, MI DTE @ Energy Music Theatre
August 9 - Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
August 11 - Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 12 - Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
August 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
August 21 - Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
August 22 - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
August 24 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
August 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
August 30 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
September 1 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
September 2 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
M.Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold talks his first experience with a crazy fan, being nominated for a Grammy and more in our 'First Time' series. Watch below.