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Synyster Gates Talks Tom Morello, Glenn Tipton

Avenged Sevenfold’s “End of the World” tour with Prophets of Rage might just be the biggest rock tour this summer, and a lot of it has to do with both bands being guitar powerhouses.

This isn’t lost on A7X lead guitarist Synyster Gates who recently talked with WRIF’s Meltdown and touched on just what it means to tour with the likes of Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello:

“He is literally one of my favorite guitar players of all time.  I think he is absolutely innovative, and this isn’t something I’m just saying just because I’m on tour with him…It’s getting to the point where he’s obviously into the legacy chapter of his career, but we’re kinda getting there, too.  A lot of people are telling me that.  ‘Two old school icons.’  It’s pretty crazy to be told that, so I’m trying to live in this moment where we’re bringing relevant music out on tour…and it feels really, really special to be a part of that.  Obviously, as a guitar player to bring that to fans, I’m stoked to evangelize the instrument, and how better to do that than to be playing with Tom Morello every night, one of the great innovators of our time.”

Of course, another guitar-heavy band that has been making news as of late is Judas Priest, whose rhythm guitarist Glenn Tipton revealed he’s been battling Parkinson’s disease for the past decade and won’t be joining the band on tour this month.  Gates reflected on that news, which stunned the rock world:

“It’s really, really sad…they just have to find a new position in the band for him.  It’s not like he’s done and out of the mix.  They’re still going to make music together.  I mean, he’s a lesser-known part, but the heart and soul of the band and such a great player.  They’ll figure it out.  It’s heartbreaking, but life goes on, and it’s really cool that they’re not moving on from him.”

Avenged Sevenfold kick off their “End of the World” tour with Prophets of Rage on July 22.  A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

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Avenge Sevenfold/Prophets of Rage - 2018 "End of the World Tour" Dates

July 22 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 25 - Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 26 - Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre
July 31 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 1 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 3 - Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
August 4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
August 6 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 7 - Clarkston, MI DTE @ Energy Music Theatre
August 9 - Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
August 11 - Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 12 - Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
August 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
August 21 - Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
August 22 - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
August 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
August 30 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
September 1 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
September 2 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles.  (She received an A.)