A7X 311, American hard rock band.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Some fans of bands will go to great extremes to persuade their heroes to come to
Israel to perform. Add the local fan club of American hard rock giants Avenged
Sevenfold to the list.
The goal of the Israeli hard rock and metal
musicians who are banding on Sunday night (December 25) at the Barby Club in Tel
Aviv isn’t just to pay tribute to Avenged Sevenfold – but, of course, they’ll be
doing that high decibel levels, just like they’ve done in the recent past with
wellattended shows in honor of Pantera and Metallica. But their ulterior motive
is to produce unequivocal ammunition that will demonstrate to A7X that they
should be including Israel on their next tour itinerary.
“Our plan is to
get them to perform here by showing them that there’s an audience here for their
music,” said Ido Uzan, the 25-year-old vocalist for local metal band Missing in
Action, and a diehard A7X fan who is the musical director of the tribute
“We hope to send them the clips from the show and make them realize
that even though they might not be able to play as big a show as they’re used
to, it will still be worthwhile and something they’ll always
Avenged Sevenfold have been the target of a lobby campaign via
Facebook to come to Israel for years. Formed in 1999 in California, the band
adeptly integrates metal and pop elements into their music, resulting in a
widely appealing sound – without the macho trappings – that has helped them rise
to the rock elite.
Last year their fifth studio release, Nightmare
debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard
album charts, and despite the untimely death
of drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan, the band hit the road with former Dream
Theater drummer Mike Portnoy for a soldout world tour, albeit lacking an Israel
“They play a type of modern metal that has conquered the world –
and also Israel,” said Uzan. “It’s aggressive but also melodic, fun and easy to
listen to. In my eyes, they’ve achieved a certain status for integrating
metal and pop. It’s an amazing mix.”
Uzan has compiled an impressive
lineup of metal heads for the Tel Aviv show, including musicians from bands like
Got No Shame, Dolly’s Circus, Nipple Twist, Whorecore and Demented
“The most important thing was to find the right people who wanted
to do this. First I looked for people from other bands that really love Avenged
Sevenfold, and then we just contacted our friends,” said Uzan. “So everyone
playing is either a big fan of the band or one of our friends. Either way, it
But Uzan said he was surprised at the divisions that surfaced
within the metal community regarding A7X.
“There’s a controversy about
their music because in Israel, if you ask whether A7X has earned their status,
I’m not sure you’ll get an answer that everyone will accept,” he
“Metal purists consider them too commercial, too pop. Getting
everyone together to perform for this show has been harder than for Pantera or
Metallica. This time, some people actually said, ‘No, I don’t want to do this.
This is not what I listen to.’ And that’s despite this being a big production
that will provide them with a showcase and a large audience.”
metal snobbery of some local musicians, the upcoming show has created a buzz via
social media and among local metal fans who share Uzan’s hopes that an A7X
concert will result from the tribute performance.
“There’s been a great
response so far, and we’re selling loads of tickets,” said Uzan. “To be honest,
I’m surprised – I didn’t realize the extent of their following in
Israel.”To find out more information about the show and join the
campaign to bring A7X to Israel, visit http://www.facebook.com/AvengedS