AVENGED SEVENFOLD Prepares For 'Invasion'

AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance told AOL Music that his band got a kick out of everything that's happened to the quintet since they released their breakthrough album, "City of Evil", in June 2005. Along the way they've opened for METALLICA, traveled the world and, most recently, won an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, despite having been around for eight years.

"It kind of makes us chuckle," he said. "But in the grand scheme of where we are and where we want to be, career-wise, I'd consider us a new band, too. When you look at bands like METALLICA or THE ROLLING STONES, those guys eight years into their careers were still babies, you know?"

In a few days, AVENGED SEVENFOLD will perform at KROQ's "Inland Invasion" show, sharing a bill with GUNS N' ROSES, ALICE IN CHAINS, MUSE, BUCKCHERRY, 30 SECONDS TO MARS and more.

"It's always great to play with GUNS 'N' ROSES and ALICE IN CHAINS," said Vengeance. "We're huge fans. And we all love the new BUCKCHERRY song. I think the lineup's fantastic.

"Mainly, I'm just excited to play in front of our fans again," he said. "You forget all about that other stuff when you get up in front of a hometown crowd that's always supported you from the beginning."

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