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A7X Drop Out Of Metallica Show, Synyster Gates Becomes A Dad

While fans who have tickets to tonight’s Metallica gig at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field might be bummed Avenged Sevenfold won’t be on the bill, the band certainly has a good reason for backing out.

A7X just released a statement saying,

“Sending love to our brother Synyster Gates, who flew home to be with his wife Michelle, who unexpectedly went into early labor with the birth of their first child. Unfortunately, this also means we won't be able to play tonight's gig with Metallica. We’ll miss seeing you all but know you’re in for an incredible show with the mighty Metallica and Volbeat. Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the A7X family and thanks so much for your support and understanding. We'll see you all Sunday in New Jersey.”


Since the band will be back at it on the next tour stop May 14 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., it sounds like mother and baby are doing well, despite going into labor early.

Congrats to rock’s newest parents!


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)