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M. Shadows On Festival Setlists, New A7X Music

Avenged Sevenfold have had a rather low-key 2016 playing predominately festival shows in their sparse touring schedule, which includes the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance festival this weekend in Chester, Pa.

So, what can fans expect from A7X’s festival set?  Frontman M. Shadows clued fans in during a recent interview with Sara from WMMR:

“Yeah, you know, we want to bring in some things and have been rehearsing some things that we haven’t played in a long time or we’ve looked up and we’ve only maybe played it five or maybe ten times in our whole entire history on a couple of songs…When we’re doing headlining shows, we can play 18 songs; when we’re playing festivals, we get about ten songs because of the length of our set…So, on festival days, we’re going to try and switch things in and out so that everyone gets different things every night….You know, a lot of the festivals and a lot of those fans, they want to hear some hits, and then there’s other kids that want to hear some deeper cuts.  So, we’re really trying to just straddle the line and make everybody happy, which is impossible.”


Now, if you think you might hear any new music from A7X during an upcoming set, think again.  In fact, when asked about new music, Shadows still remains uncertain on when some fresh tracks will be rolled out to the public:

“I don’t know. [Laughs] I’ve been giving the answer a lot, but I will say that when it does come out and something is ready to be heard, then I think people will be really excited about it.  We’ve given tidbits out…and so now we’re at the point where if there’s nothing solid, then there’s no point of talking about it, because people get worked up and they start getting expectations…It just gets out of control, so we’ve decided as a band, we’re not going to talk about anything unless there’s something to hear.”


A7X will be headlining the Monster Energy River Stage Sunday, September 18th at 9:40 PM.   For complete ticket information for Rock Allegiance, check out

To listen to this interview in its entirety, head over to


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.