SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

October 12, 2007 09:00 ET

Avenged Sevenfold Launch Contest Where Fans Create Guitar Solo for Band's New Single "Almost Easy"

Best Soloist Will Win Special Schecter Guitar Autographed by the Band, Plus a Pair of Tickets and Backstage Passes to an Upcoming Show

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2007) - Avenged Sevenfold, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records and Schecter Guitar Research, are launching a contest that gives fans the opportunity to create a guitar solo for "Almost Easy," the new single from Avenged's upcoming self-titled album, which will be available for pre-order at the iTunes Store ( on October 16th and released by Warner Bros. Records on October 30th.

Those who pre-order the album starting October 16th or buy the album at the iTunes Store after October 30th, will also receive a bonus track -- a "jam-along" version of "Almost Easy" that has guitarist Synyster Gates' guitar solo omitted. Contestants can crank out their own solo and upload the footage to YouTube at Gates will judge whose solo is the best and the winner will receive a Synyster Gates Signature Model guitar from Schecter Guitar Research, autographed by the band, plus a pair of tickets to an upcoming show where they will meet Avenged Sevenfold.

All contestants must upload their entries to YouTube by November 30th. The winner will be announced on December 17th. Please visit for official rules and more details.

MTV Video Music Award winners in 2006 for "Best New Artist," Avenged Sevenfold -- frontman M. Shadows, guitarists Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ, and drummer The Rev -- will hit the road for a U.S. tour kicking off on October 29th. Their new album, the Huntington Beach, CA quintet's fourth, is the follow-up to 2006's "City of Evil," which spawned three hit singles including the Modern Rock smash "Bat Country."

Avenged Sevenfold U.S. tour dates:
10/29  Los Angeles, CA      The Wiltern
10/31  Las Vegas, NV        House of Blues
11/02  Albuquerque, NM      Sunshine Theatre
11/04  Denver, CO           Ogden Theatre
11/05  Omaha, NE            Sokol Auditorium
11/06  St. Louis, MO        Pageant
11/08  Chicago, IL          Congress Theatre
11/09  Detroit, MI          The Fillmore (State Theatre)
11/10  Columbus, OH         Lifestyles Pavilion
11/12  Providence, RI       Lupo's
11/14  New York, NY         Hammerstein Ballroom
11/15  Philadelphia, PA     Electric Factory
11/17  Myrtle Beach, SC     House of Blues
11/18  Atlanta, GA          Tabernacle
11/20  Charlotte, NC        Amos' Southend
11/21  Richmond, VA         Toad's Place
11/23  Charleston, SC       The Plex
11/24  Tampa, FL            Jannus Landing
11/25  Ft. Lauderdale, FL   Revolution
11/27  New Orleans, LA      House of Blues
11/28  Houston, TX          Warehouse Live
11/30  Corpus Christi, TX   Concrete St. Pavilion
12/01  Austin, TX           TBA
12/04  Lubbock, TX          Pavilion
12/06  Tucson, AZ           Rialto Theatre

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