Avenged Sevenfold Makes Metalheads Everywhere Do A Literal Facepalm

Avenged Sevenfold was in the news not once but twice today for more of their makeup and black nail polished brand of stupid.  First they let go of former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy presumably because he was too talented for their ranks and made the rest of them look like a high school talent show group.  I bet Mr. Portnoy feels pretty stupid right about now for throwing away his bread and butter thinking he cashed in on one of the hottest fad bands of the past decade.

Second, Avenged Sevenfold has backed out of the Soundwave Festival in Australia in early 2011.  Soundwave is a giant five city festival that includes the ranks of Slayer, Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Devildriver and many other more talented acts.  In a clash with the organizers of the festival, A7X have dropped off because they refuse to play during the daytime.  Instead, they would like Iron Maiden to play during the day to accommodate for their taste to play after dark because they also refuse to play at the same time as Iron Maiden.  The promoter couldn’t have said it better: “I have now reached the point where I can no longer mess around 70 other bands and 180,000 ticket holders to appease this band’s nonsense.”   Amen.

THIS is exactly the reason that this band comes off as a group of egotistical prima donnas to me.  For the tens of thousands of bands in this world that work their whole lives dreaming to one day share the stage with Iron Maiden, you feel like you’re somehow superior to them.  Grow up and earn some credibility with even your own fans over the age of 16 and maybe you’ll get some respect.

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