An Evening With Avenged Sevenfold

Following their recent summer stadium tour with Metallica in support of their critically acclaimed new album The Stage (Capitol Records), the GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome Avenged Sevenfold to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation about their career and new music, moderated by Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic Mikael Wood. The conversation will be followed by a special acoustic performance from the band.

The Stage hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative Albums charts. Rolling Stone praised the album for being “epic and adventurous” and called it “the most aggressively bonkers music of the quintet’s career.” Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), The Stage is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band’s first thematic release and its epic 15-minute-plus closing track, “Exist,” features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, giving a spoken word performance he penned specifically for the album. The Southern California-based quintet (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) recently began transforming The Stage into an evolving body of work, adding a series of new tracks over the course of several months, including an electrifying rendition of Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” a reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo,” and their version of The Beach Boys’ 1966 hit, “God Only Knows.”