Avenged Sevenfold Won't Cancel Canadian Shows Following Guitarist's Leg Injury

Synyster Gates suffered a "pretty severe contusion of his calf" onstage in the US this week

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jul 21, 2023

Tonight, Avenged Sevenfold will begin a Canada-centric stretch of their North American tour behind new album Life Is but a Dream..., a trek that will carry on in spite of an injury guitarist Synyster Gates sustained on stage earlier this week.

During the second show of their tour, which took place July 19 in Mansfield, MA, Gates (pictured right, above) hurt his leg during the band's performance of "The Stage." It didn't halt the concert completely, as fan-shot footage from the evening shows the guitarist turning away from the crowd and walking toward the backstage as his bandmates look on. You can watch that around the 1:55 mark below.

Fans who attended the Mansfield show later shared how after a brief stoppage, frontman M. Shadows addressed the crowd, sharing that Gates would perform the rest of the evening from the backstage. Updating fans via Avenged Sevenfold's Discord server after the show, Shadows shared that his bandmate suffered "a pretty severe contusion of his calf." 

"He's got crutches and can't walk on it at the moment," the singer shared of Gates's condition. "Gonna be sore for a few days. Doc said it could be from dehydration, possibly last night's show, the heat and not enough water today. Bottom line is he's watching it closely and hopefully be able to stand on it soon."

Shadows added that dates following their Mansfield show wouldn't be affected, writing, "We aren't canceling, LOL."

Those dates include tonight's engagement in Quebec City, and further stops set for Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

Shadows later explained that the guitarist felt "a gunshot type of feeling in his calf" in that moment on stage, but noted that his Achilles tendon was still intact.

We wish Synyster Gates good health and a quick recovery on the band's trip through Canada. Thanking fans for their love, the guitarist shared a shot of his backstage digs. Hopefully someone is at work on a Dave Grohl-style throne so he can rejoin his bandmates onstage.

Life Is but a Dream... arrived in June via Warner Records. You can find Avenged Sevenfold's complete North American tour schedule here.

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