Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones to headline big metal showcase at American Airlines Center
Concerts at American Airlines Center usually fall into one of two categories: superstars, or acts that reside in the "safe" genres of rock, pop or R&B. Bands that don't fit those profiles are more likely relegated to smaller, lower-profile venues.
That's precisely why the metal-rock triple bill of Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones and Ghost B.C., slated for Saturday, October 19, seems such a surprise. Metal and hard rock rarely see the light of day at the home of the Mavericks and Stars. The last time a metal band of any sort played there was the Def Leppard/Poison double bill in September 2012.
One surprise is the arrangement of the lineup — namely, the band with the biggest history, the Deftones, is not the headliner.
For one, while all are known, none of the three seems to merit headliner status on a major stage such as the AAC. Another surprise is the arrangement of the lineup — namely, the band with the biggest history, the Deftones, is not the headliner.
The Deftones have earned legions of fans since the band's debut in 1988, releasing seven albums and winning a Grammy in 2001. The quintet is still recovering from the death of former bassist Chi Cheng, who died in April after being in a coma for more than four years.
Avenged Sevenfold, the actual headliners, are no slouches, however. Their last album, Nightmare, went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Their sixth album, Hail to the King, is slated for release at the end of August. They're champions in the heavy metal crowd, winning seven Golden God Awards from metal magazine Revolver over the past three years.
Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday, August 9, although anyone who goes to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this Sunday, August 4, at Gexa Energy Pavilion can purchase pre-sale tickets there. Anyone who pre-orders a limited edition box set of Hail to the King also gets pre-sale access.