To outsiders, Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed and Cambria may seem like an odd pairing, but the bands are hitting the road together for a 31-date U.S. co-headlining tour.
You've got Avenged, those beer-guzzling, platinum-grilled lads who've introduced metalcore to the "TRL" set — and may have read Mötley Crüe's "The Dirt" one too many times. And then there's Coheed, those cerebral, hirsute prog-emo rockers from New York who harbor an inexplicable fascination for sci-fi soap operas and centaurs. The bands are worlds apart when it comes to the sounds they're sculpting. And while Avenged are bona fide rock stars at this point, the Coheed dudes seem more content collecting comic books.
But for Avenged guitarist Synyster Gates, the coupling of these two road warriors makes perfect sense.
"We're the same kind of band," he reasoned. "You either love us or hate us, so we definitely have that in common. And we believe there will be a crossover there between both our fans. It's not the same genre of music, but the same kids listen to us and them. You know, anything can completely flop and some things can work out perfectly. We're big fans of their music, and I think, from what we hear, they're into us. So, it just felt right. We'll have to see what happens."
The tour kicks off in Poughkeepsie, New York, on April 7, and will hit Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, San Diego and Houston before winding down in late May. So far, dates are confirmed through May 19 in New York, with more expected to be revealed over the coming weeks. The trek was originally conceived as a triple threat: Avenged, Coheed and H.I.M. all sharing the rotating co-headlining bill. But that plan "just didn't work out," Gates said without further elaboration.
There's no word yet on who'll be recruited to warm up the crowds on this forthcoming Avenged/ Coheed trek. Gates said the bands are considering going with a comedian or a circus act of some kind as the opener for all of the tour's dates, "because we don't want another band that sounds like us [on the bill]," which, the guitarist added, is "impossible these days."
Avenged Sevenfold are currently crossing the country on the second leg of their Cities of Evil tour, which is scheduled to wrap up in Fresno, California, on February 19. After a week off, the band will cross the pond for a dozen European dates, which will keep the group busy through mid-March.
Meanwhile, Gates said Avenged are talking about releasing their first DVD. "We're coming up with concepts right now, and just trying to figure out if we want to be a band with a DVD or not," he said. "We're talking to different people, but we're just thinking about what we want to do for it, if we want to do one. Hopefully, that will be available to everybody shortly, which would be out of control. We want it to be more us just hanging out as opposed to live footage. It should be pretty f---ing exciting."
Oh, and as for those rumors that have been swirling about Avenged Sevenfold's possible inclusion on this summer's Ozzy-free Ozzfest, Gates said though there is an offer on the table, nothing is confirmed. In fact, the band might be spending this summer rocking abroad.
"We're keeping our options open," he said. "We don't know what we want to do. We've hit the U.S. so hard it might not make sense [to do Ozzfest]. We haven't gone to Japan yet. We just have to start going over the whole world. There are a lot of summer festivals in Japan that we certainly don't want to miss."
Avenged Sevenfold/ Coheed and Cambria dates, according to Avenged's publicist:
- 4/7 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center
- 4/8 - Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Civic Center
- 4/9 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall
- 4/11 - Norfolk, VA @ Convocation Center at Old Dominion University
- 4/13 - Louisville, KY @ Louisville Gardens
- 4/14 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
- 4/15 - Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
- 4/17 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
- 4/18 - San Antonio, TX @ TBA
- 4/19 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theater
- 4/21 - Denver, CO @ Magness Arena
- 4/22 - Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
- 4/24 - Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
- 4/25 - Reno, NV @ Lawlor Events Center
- 4/27 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose State University Events Center
- 4/28 - San Diego, CA @ ipayOne Center @ The Sports Arena
- 5/1 - TBA
- 5/2 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
- 5/3 - Albuquerque, NM @ Albuquerque Convention Center
- 5/5 - Kansas City, MO @ City Market
- 5/6 - TBA
- 5/8 - Maplewood, MN @ Myth
- 5/9 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club
- 5/10 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
- 5/12 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
- 5/13 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
- 5/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Chevrolet Amphitheater
- 5/16 - TBA
- 5/18 - TBA
- 5/19 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
- 5/20 - TBA
Check out the feature "Avenged Sevenfold: Appetite For Destruction" for an in-depth interview with the band.