A stagehand has died in a tragic accident on Avenged Sevenfold‘s latest tour.
The incident occurred shortly after the band’s recent gig in Stuttgart, Germany. Another stagehand is understood to be in a “critical condition” as a result of the accident.
“We have some very sad news to report,” the band told fans in a statement. “Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.”
The band continued: “This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident. We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process.”
“When we hear more we will update you,” the band added.
Avenged Sevenfold cancelled a subsequent gig in Milan, Italy “due to illness” but are expected to resume their tour tomorrow night (February 23) in Funfhaus, Germany. The band played a series of arena shows across the UK last month, during which they met Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
Megadeth finally won a well-deserved Grammy for “Dystopia” at tonight’s (Feb. 12) ceremony. But in a somewhat awkward turn of events, the Grammy house band played Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” as Megadeth walked down the aisle to accept their award.
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine was one of Metallica’s founding members, recording Kill ‘Em All with the thrashers before being booted from the band in 1983. Metallica and Megadeth experienced decades of bad blood between their respective bands until very recently when the hatchet was finally buried. Metallica and Megadeth famously shared the stage together, performing Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil?” at Big 4 shows in 2010 and 2011.
Even though “Master of Puppets” served as an ill-advised celebration song following Megadeth’s Grammy win, Dave Mustaine didn’t seem to mind, playing air guitar to the thrash classic as he walked down the aisle with bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren.
Check out the footage of Megadeth’s Grammy acceptance speech above! Congratulations again to Megadeth for their long-awaited Grammy win!
Dave Mustaine Responds on Metallica Being Played During Grammy Walk-Up
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has since responded to the incident on Twitter, stating, “Ah, you can’t blame ’em for not being able to play Megadeth.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong criticized Donald Trump and the president’s turbulent first week in office – a week that’s endured a barrage of executive orders, including a discriminatory travel ban on Muslims from seven countries – in an Instagram post.
“I feel like I’m in a state of shock. The executive orders Trump is signing feels like a vendetta,” Armstrong wrote. “Trump is not only taking out his revenge on the people who protested him, but also the average American that just didn’t vote for him.”
Armstrong continued, “These reckless decisions on healthcare, Muslim-Americans, immigration, environmental protection, freedom of speech, freedom of press, women’s right to choose what to do with their bodies, suggesting sending in the feds to Chicago… are signs of a man that is trying to redefine what it is that keeps our common union as Americans.”
The singer encouraged his friends and fans that are Republican to take a look in the mirror and recognize Trump’s motives.
“This is not just his ‘conservative agenda.’ It’s an all out assault on our civil liberties. His intention is to divide us as Americans,” Armstrong wrote. “Maybe we don’t agree on all of these issues, but can’t we see eye to eye on some? I have conservative/republican friends and family. I understand their point of view even if I don’t agree with it. It’s their right. It’s their beliefs. However the progressive side is just as “American” as the other side.”
Green Day previously slammed Trump during their American Music Awards performance and made not-so-subtle accusations about the president’s cozy relationship with hate groups in their recent “Troubled Times” video.
Armstrong asked his fans to respect each other and show compassion to one another regardless of their political leanings.
“I don’t think this president has a grasp on the concept of the American dream… the dream that we come from different backgrounds to come together,” Armstrong wrote. “Please don’t allow this madman to take out his revenge…. on US.”
Metallica’s high-energy performance with Lady Gaga at the 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 12, didn’t go exactly as planned. The heavy metal band’s lead singer, James Hetfield, was forced to power through issues with a faulty microphone from the moment the set kicked off — and he was not happy about it.
“I haven’t seen him like that in 20 years,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said during an interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden Tuesday, February 14, as seen in the video above. “I mean, he was livid. I mean, he’s aged really well and he’s a pretty chill guy, but the first five or 10 minutes in that dressing room [were] not a lot of fun.”
Despite the technical difficulties, the band and Gaga, 30, delivered an intense performance of “Moth Into Flame,” the second single from Metallica’s 2016 album, Hardwired … to Self-Destruct. “We fought through it and, you know, with the fire and Gaga in my lap for a minute at one point, it was just … keep going, keep going, keep going,” Ulrich, 53, continued. “So we just fought through it, and a lot of people said it at least made for great television.”