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Avenged Sevenfold strive for lifelong fans

Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance says Metallica's headline show at Minneapolis last month inspired him – as they 'always get better' with age

Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance says they strive to make fans that will last them "a lifetime."

The guitarist says he's keeping tour plans firmly under wraps after bandmate M Shadows hinted at a revamped stage production and setlist on their forthcoming dates – but he reveals they've invested a lot of time and money into producing unforgettable shows.

Vengeance tells KRXQ's Pat Martin: "We're always talking and plotting and discussing what we can do to give our fans the best possible experience. We want everyone going home having had an amazing time, with a memory that will last a lifetime.

"I would say over the course of our last couple of touring cycles, certainly well into the millions of dollars have went up in flames just to give our fans a show they'll never forget."

He adds: "I certainly can't give away all of our tricks, but we spent a lot of time working on making sure that every single person there walks away feeling like they got their money's worth, and then some – because we're in the business of making fans that will last with us a lifetime.

"In order to do that, you've gotta give them something special. All my favourite bands that I have liked for my entire life are able to do that."

Vengeance recalls watching Metallica's landmark performance at the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis last month – and says he hopes Avenged Sevenfold have a similar lasting success.

He adds: "It was magical. They're always getting better. As they've gotten older, they have become a total monster – it's unbelievable. And I hope that we can do the same sort of thing for our fans."

Avenged Sevenfold kick off their tour with Volbeat and Avatar next week, before hitting the UK and Europe next year. They also recently announced an extra London date on January 22 due to high demand.

Earlier this week, Shadows admitted the release of their highly anticipated This Is Bat Country DVD is out of their hands amid legal wranglings with their label Warner Bros.

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Avenged Sevenfold tour dates 2016/2017

Sep 12: Bonner Springs Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, KS
Sep 14: Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena, MI
Sep 15: Toledo Huntington Center, OH
Sep 17: Mashantucket Foxwoods Resort Casino, CT
Sep 18: Chester Talen Energy Stadium, PA
Sep 20: Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, IN
Sep 21: Nashville Bridgestone Arena, TN
Sep 24: Fort Worth Texas Motor Speedway, TX
Sep 25: Houston NRG Park, TX
Oct 01: Louisville Champions Park, KY
Oct 02: Janesville Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, WI
Oct 23: Sacramanto Discovery Park, CA
Jan 10: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Jan 12: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Jan 13: Birmingham Genting Arena
Jan 15: Sheffield Arena
Jan 16: Manchester Arena
Jan 18: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Jan 19: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Jan 21: London O2 Arena
Jan 22: London O2 Arena
Feb 12: Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
Feb 13: Hamburg Sporthalle, Germany
Feb 15: Berlin Arena, Germany
Feb 16: Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Germany
Feb 18: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
Feb 20: Stuttgart Schleyerhalle, Germany
Feb 21: Milan Forum, Italy
Feb 23: Vienna Wiener Stadthalle, Austria
Feb 25: Munich Zenith, Germany
Feb 26: Zurich Halle 622, Austria
Feb 28: Lille Zenith Arena, France
Mar 01: Luxembourg Rockhal, Luxembourg
Mar 02: Paris AccorHotels Arena, France
Mar 04: Copenhagen Valby Hallen, Denmark
Mar 07: Helsinki Hartwall Arena, Finland
Mar 09: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
Mar 10: Oslo Telenor, Norway

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