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Northern Invasion: Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle & Tool - 2 Day Pass

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May 12, 2018 – 12:00 AM

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  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • A Perfect Circle
  • Tool

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Avenged Sevenfold: Avenged Sevenfold played a pivotal role in waking metal from its slumber at the beginning of the new millennium. The band was also one of the few groups that was largely influential in shaping the sound of nu metal, and is also one of the only bands to go from metalcore to a more classic metal sound, instead of the other way around. Despite the death of drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, his legacy will live on in the songs he wrote for his final album, Nightmare. After playing 2011 tour dates on the Welcome to the Family tour, Avenged Sevenfold is taking their concert dates overseas to Europe and Australia.

Avenged Sevenfold was formed in 1999 by high school friends Matthew Sanders (M. Shadows), Zachary Baker (Zacky Vengeance), The Rev (Jimmy Sullivan), and Matt Wendt. The group recorded two demos in 1999 and 2000 before releasing their debut album, Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, in early 2001. Lead guitarist Brian Haner, Jr. (Synyster Gates) joined shortly after the album's release and John Seward (Johnny Christ) replaced Matt Wendt in 2003. The band soon released their second album, Waking the Fallen, in the same year. Higher production values better showcased Avenged Sevenfold's musical talents and gained attention on Warped Tour dates, as well as the reincarnation of Headbanger's Ball.

The group's major label debut, City of Evil, in 2005, marked a shift from metalcore to a more contemporary metal sound. Avenged Sevenfold spent sixteen continuous months playing concert dates in promotion of the album, eventually canceling tour dates in 2006 so that they could head back into the studio. After a year of tireless recording, the band's self-titled album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 in late 2007. "Dear God" has country music undertones, while "A Little Piece of Heaven" is essentially a metal show tune; these experimental songs received mixed reviews from critics, but fans ate them up.

After numerous tour dates in promotion of the album, Avenged Sevenfold again became eager to get back into the studio. The songs were written and recording set to commence in late December, just days before James "The Rev" Sullivan was found dead in his Huntington Beach home at the age of 28. While drum tracks on the album, Nightmare, were recorded by The Rev's favorite drummer, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, he did record vocals for a few tracks as well as turning in the music for the track "Fiction" just three days before his death. The Rev must have been smiling down on the band because the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and become a huge success with fans and critics.

Fresh off 2011 tour dates for their Welcome to the Family tour, Avenged Sevenfold has more concert dates lined up in Europe and Australia. Avenged Sevenfold will spend June playing tour dates in Western Europe, including stops at Rock Im Park and Rock am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop festival in the Netherlands, and Graspop in Belgium. July 15 and 16 will see Avenged Sevenfold playing concert dates in Wisconsin before heading out on 2011 tour dates in Australia beginning July 28. Australian tour dates will end in Perth on August 6, so European and Australian fans should check Eventful for tickets soon.

A Perfect Circle: While A Perfect Circle might have started as a side project for Maynard James Keenan while on hiatus from Tool, the supergroup and its tour dates have become just as popular as its predecessor. A Perfect Circle currently features Keenan, Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Vandals drummer Josh Freese, the band's founder and lead guitarist Billy Howerdel, and Puscifier bassist Matt McJunkins. Their unique brand of heavy alt-rock and metal has thrilled grateful fans by filling a gap that has been left by the popularity of hardcore and metalcore. Howerdel recently announced that the band is working on new music (the first since their 2004 hiatus), and that some of the songs might appear on tour dates in 2011. With a possible album and concert schedule in the near future, it's a good time to be a fan of A Perfect Circle.

The formation of A Perfect Circle began like every amateur musician's fantasy for Billy Howerdel. Howerdel was a well known guitar tech for bands like Fishbone, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Tool. He and Keenan became friends on tour dates in 1992 and, in 1995, Howerdel played a few of his original songs for Keenan. Keenan enjoyed the music and agreed to sing for Howerdel should he ever put a band together. And put a band together he did, with Pez Lenchantin on bass, Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar, and Tim Alexander on drums, with Alexander soon being replaced by Freese. After playing gigs around Los Angeles, A Perfect Circle released their debut album, Mer de Noms, in 2000. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum in just six months, a feat that was extremely rare for a new rock band. The album produced the three singles "Judith," "3 Libras," and "The Hollow," and critics praised the combination of Keenan's voice and Howerdel's lyrics.

The band's second album, Thirteenth Step, wasn't released until 2003, but was praised as a positive evolution of A Perfect Circle's sound. The album debuted at #2 on the charts and featured a softer, more melodic sound; despite the change, fans responded positively. A Perfect Circle's third album, Emotive, was released in 2004, to coincide with the US election day. The album featured ten covers of war protest songs, along with original tracks like "Passive." While the album performed well, it marked a hiatus for A Perfect Circle as the musicians took time to work on their previous or independent projects.

In 2010, the new lineup of A Perfect Circle announced a new concert schedule where they would be playing three shows in each town, with each show consisting of one of the group's albums. A Perfect Circle have tour dates in 2011 set for Rock on the Range Festival in Ohio, Boonstock Music Festival in Alberta, and Edgefest in Toronto. In addition to festival appearances, A Perfect Circle has announced North American tour dates beginning on June 29 in Portland, Oregon. There are 23 tour dates scheduled in 2011, with the tour covering most major American cities. The concert schedule will end on August 9 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and tickets are already on sale. With A Perfect Circle's many side-projects and commitments, fans should take this opportunity to check out what could be band's final concert schedule.


Tool: World renowned band, Tool, has remained one of the last bastions of metal in a music world dominated by hardcore and nu metal. With head pounding tour dates and a style that features a touch of the psychedelic, Tool has become a favorite of audiences around the world. Tool's loyal fan base has been waiting in earnest for the release of an album that they've waited two years for. With no more tour dates in 2011, they're also waiting for the band's return to full-length concert schedules.

The members of Tool met through a series of coincidences and introductions through mutual friends, and formed circa 1990. After playing tour dates opening for bands like Fishbone and Rage Against the Machine, Tool scored a big hit with their 1996 album, Ænima, which has gone triple platinum and won the band their first Grammy for Best Metal Performance.

The band's 2001 album, Lateralus experienced similar success and popularity and was followed by some of the biggest tour dates of Tool's career. Prior to the release of 10,000 Days in 2006, fans were working themselves into a frenzy on blogs, doing anything to catch just a glimpse of the new album. However, shortly after the album's release, Tool went on a recording hiatus.

Even before the hiatus, Tool had stated that they had new material for a new album, leaving fans wondering when the new album will be released. With no tour dates in 2011, fans will just have to wait patiently for Tool's full return to their illustrious music career.

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