The Shepherd of Fire Tour went on sale today at 10AM Eastern Time. This Tour will span the United States and Canada as Avenged Sevenfold will promote their latest release “Hail to the King.” I have reviewed this album numerous times in past posts and every time I listen to this album it gets better and better. The Tour will include 20 Shows at many big venues throughout Canada and the US. Avenged Sevenfold will kickoff the tour in British Columbia, Canada at the EnCana Events Centre on April 12th. They will then proceed to the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia. The tour will also visit Saskacthewan, Winnepeg, Minneapolis Minnesota, Huntsville Alabama, Tampa Florida, Jacksonville Florida, Lafayette Louisiana, Hollywood Florida, Virginia Beach, Charlotte North Carolina, Knoxville Tennessee, Hershey Pennsylvania, Bangor Maine, Montreal Quebec, Syracuse New York, and will end in Columbus Ohio on May 17th.
For those of you that have never saw Avenged Sevenfold, I strongly suggest you purchase tickets to one of these shows. Sevenfold, otherwise known as AX7, has been a band on the rise for the past ten years and this latest album, Hail to the King is by far their best material to date. Synester Gates is like the modern day “Slash.” He plays the same kind of guitar style as the former Guns N Roses standout and matches his intensity. Johnny Christ on the Bass guitar is equally ferocious. M. Shadows has become quite a vocalist and has raised his game. Zacky Vengeance compliments Synester Gates and together they are like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest combined. By that, I mean they share the heaviness of Priest and the dual guitar melody of Maiden. The band rounds out with new comer Arin llejay who takes over for “The Rev”, who was AX7’s world class drummer. The Rev died in 2009, however his legacy lives on and his talent still influences the Band. Hail to the King reached #1 on the Billboard 200 in both the United States and the U.K. To date, AX7 has sold over 8 Million Albums world wide. This tour should be special, as the band has stepped up its game.
In other Metal news, Motley Crue Drummer Tommy Lee has gotten engaged to his girlfriend Sofia Toufa. He announced the news to 430,000 of his Twitter followers. This is the fourth time that the Rock Star will be married. The 51 Year old Lee has been previously married to Elaine Starchuk, Heather Locklear, and Pamela Anderson. Lee insists that this is finally his life partner. This news comes amidst the Crue’s latest news that they will be doing a farewell tour and album. I don’t know about you, but I put the over/under on the length of this marriage at Five Years. Tommy Lee has always been outspoken and is probably second to Vince Neil in female attraction.
It was also announced that former Megadeth Guitarist will be releasing a new album called “Inferno.” This should be interesting as Friedman had lost interest in Metal when he left Megadeth. AC/DC will also be releasing a new studio album and going back out on the road. I love Angus Young. He is like the energizer bunny. He just keeps going and going and going. Brian Johnson has lost some of his vocal power, but he can still sing with the best of them. There is a DIO tribute album being released in March that will include covers from Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera and others. Sebastian Bach is ready for the release of his new album, which should be KICK ASS!!!!!
Finally, we will play This or That:
1) Black Sabbath w DIO vs Black Sabbath w Ozzy.
2) Ride the Lightning or Master of Puppets.
3) Cowboys from Hell or Vulgar Display of Power.
4) Deep Purple or Thin Lizzy.
5) Bon Scott or Brian Johnson.
6) Cinderella or RATT.
7) Testament or Overkill.
8) Bad Company or Foreigner.
9) Dave Mustaine or Kirk Hammett.
10) Alice In Chains or Soundgarden.
OK….Now for my answers. 1) Black Sabbath w DIO, 2) Master of Puppets, 3) Cowboys from Hell, 4) Thin Lizzy, 5) Brian Johnson, 6) RATT, 7) Overkill, 8) Bad Company, 9) Dave Mustaine, 10) Alice In Chains. So what were your picks?? Anyways, rock on mates. Stay tuned for more Metal Mania.
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