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After 7 years, it’s time for Deathbat News to come to an end. When I created this website I never imagined it would become what it did. The love and support from fans over the years has been incredible. Because of you, Deathbat News had a worldwide audience to spread the word about Avenged Sevenfold to and our community turned into a family. A family I will always be a part of. I can’t express my sincere thanks enough to you all. I truly cherish the friendships, memories and experiences that have come from this.
I also owe great thanks to M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, Johnny Christ, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, Arin Ilejay, Larry Jacobson, Alex Reese, Kazy Brown, everyone on Avenged Sevenfold’s team at Warner Brothers Records, Mr and Mrs Sullivan, Diony, Marvin, Bruce, Za, Dave and the rest of Avenged Sevenfold’s tour crew, Jodi, Francis, Brian Haner Sr, Chris Epting and family, Cam Rackam, John Reese, John Oakes, Jessica, Danielle, Cheryl, Elizabeth, Brandon Geist and Revolver Magazine, Josh Bernstein at Alternative Press, Alexander Milas and Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, Hopeless Records, MTV, Active Rock Radio and everyone else who helped me and supported me over the years.
Regarding the website: You will be able to access it using DeathbatNews.com for the foreseeable future. If that’s to change, you can use deathbatnews.wordpress.com. If needed, I can still be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: Avenged Sevenfold on Deathbat News’ closing:
After 7 years of being the number one source for Avenged Sevenfold news we are sad to let you know that the owner of Deathbatnews.com has decided to move on and no longer update the website. The person responsible for the website has never revealed her identity so we won’t do that here, but we truly want to thank her for her dedication and hard work over the years. In a world where websites and media make a living off of “click bait”, stirring the pot and misleading headlines, Deathbatnews was always run with facts and integrity. In the end, this played a big role in her deciding to close the site down. This website will be sorely missed as it was the number one source for band members and crew to become aware of news that we didn’t know about. “Deathbat Lady”, we will miss you and thank you for your years of dedication.
Project, Lights and Staging News has published a lengthy (and fascinating) article on how Avenged Sevenfold’s Shepherd Of Fire Tour stage production came to life, what it takes for Avenged Sevenfold’s crew to put the show together and how they pull it off. A few fun facts: The set designer went through 200 renderings of different versions of the show before it became what it is now. A vacation in Europe inspired the set designer. The head and wings of ‘His Royal Badass’ move. The majority of the set is fire proof. The entire tour is done in eight trucks. You’ll also find out what changes may be made (some of which have already been implemented) to the set this Summer.
Iron Maiden, eat your hearts out…
Using vintage 1980s metal motifs, terrifying pits of flame, an ominous structure patterned upon a medieval castle wall and one monstrously animated mascot, heavy rock titans Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) have become the gold standard in ghoulish, budget-conscious concert bonanzas.
The band’s latest production, for their Shepherd of Fire tour, making stops at numerous big cities throughout North America this spring, skillfully skirts schlocky heavy metal gags while conjuring what can only be termed a nightmarish otherworldly realm. The tour’s support crew and scenic teams worked with Gallagher Staging & Productions and Pyrotek Special Effects so that the ideas of production manager/set designer Jordan Coopersmith and of A7X bandmembers could come screaming to life (or, as the case may be, back to life).
“A group like Iron Maiden was a huge influence on the band,” says Coopersmith. “Avenged Sevenfold flies a kind of flag from the unbelievable days of ‘80s metal. That’s the music they grew up on.”
But pigeonholing the band’s show as a throwback would be wholly unfair. Yes, A7X’s current production contains familiar elements, but there’s something undeniably classic about the stage design as well.