PICS: Avenged Sevenfold at Petco Park

It'd be easy to get overshadowed while opening a tour for Metallica, but Avenged Sevenfold more than held their own at Petco Park on Sunday, Aug. 6.

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Indeed, Metallica wasn’t the only band bringing the thunder to downtown’s stadium – Avenged Sevenfold pummeled the massive crowd right before Hetfield and Co. took the stage.
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Sometimes abbreviated as A7X, the band plays a unique brand of heavy metal that incorporates different styles like metalcore, prog-metal and hard rock. However you’d categorize it – they rule!
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The band got their start in 1999 right up the road in Huntington Beach, California!
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Their current lineup is vocalist M. Shadows (left), rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist Synyster Gates (middle), bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman (right).
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To date, they’ve sold more than 8 million albums worldwide and were ranked No. 47 on Loudwire’s list of the Top 50 Metal Bands of All Time. (Bassist Johnny Christ pictured)
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Avenged Sevenfold released their debut album, “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet,” in 2001 while the band members were still in their late teens and in high school.
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They’ve released six more studio albums since then, with last year’s “The Stage” their latest – and their first concept album (it’s about artificial intelligence).
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Their 2010 album, “Nightmare,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart – their first No. 1 debut. They’d hit that monumental mark again with their next album, 2013’s “Hail to the King.”
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The current Metallica tour isn’t the first time they’ve shared the stage with the metal juggernauts – they both played the Orion Music + More Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2012; and also played U.S. Bank Stadium together in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Aug. 20, 2016.
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During the Petco Park show, they played a nine-song set list.
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Their set included the following songs: “The Stage,” “Afterlife,” “Hail to the King,” “Almost Easy,” “Buried Alive”…
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Which then led into an epic Wackerman drum solo. Afterward, the band finished off the set with “Bat Country,” “Nightmare,” “God Damn,” and “Unholy Confessions.”
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