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Avenged Sevenfold are embracing the title of their new album The Stage with an exciting partnership on their upcoming UK and European tour. Per Metal Hammer, M Shadows revealed that the band are pairing up with the production team from Cirque du Soleil, who will handle the theatrics for the group’s on-stage presentation.

“A lot of bands live, breathe and die the 2016 metal scene, but we just live in our own world and try to do things different than everyone else,” Shadows says.

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The world-renown Cirque du Soleil is the largest theatrical producer in the world, and is known for its elaborate set designs, costumes, and thematic storylines.

Shadows even stated that A7X is thinking about altering entire venues in hopes of creating the ideal experience for a kick-ass show. The band will also be taking on an abnormal tour format, and rather than going on one big tour, they will be alternating between playing shows every two weeks.

Shadows went on further: “The production that's being built is different for us, different for anyone I've ever seen, the people we've hired don't do tours, they do Cirque du Soleil,” he says. “This is gonna be drawn out into different types of touring, we're not going on tour for six months, it'll be two weeks on, two weeks off. It'll be a longer cycle but we're gonna roll with the punches.”

The dates begin on January 10 in Glasgow, UK, and end on March 10 in Oslo, Norway. You can see a full list of the upcoming tour stops below.

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“I don't ever feel like we fit in. We're going to be whatever we feel is right, and if it changes the industry, then great,” Shadows tells Metal Hammer.

The band also played a special live show that was a streamable, 3D/360 degree virtual reality concert in which they performed atop the roof of their new record company, Capitol Records. The band was highlighting their newest record, which they surprised dropped just afterwards.

If these shows are anything like we can imagine, it will bring the excitement of The Stage to the next level. We can’t wait to see what Avenged Sevenfold have in store for their entire supporting tour in honor of their latest release. 

Upcoming Avenged Sevenfold UK/European tour dates:

Jan 10: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK
Jan 12: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, UK
Jan 13: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK
Jan 15: Sheffield Arena, UK
Jan 16: Manchester Arena, UK
Jan 18: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, UK
Jan 19: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK
Jan 21: London O2 Arena, UK
Jan 22: London O2 Arena, UK
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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