Avenged Sevenfold, Hollywood Undead and others bring rock party to James Brown Arena

Hollywood Undead, one of the opening acts, started making music together in 2005.



This Thanksgiving weekend, rock fans can be thankful for a first-class rock concert at James Brown Arena, featuring the popular band Avenged Sevenfold.

Avenged Sevenfold hit the road this week on the band’s nationwide Buried Alive tour. Also on the tour are rock bands Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides.

The tour is named after the fourth single on Avenged Sevenfold’s album Nightmare. The album was completed in the midst of tragedy, the death of the bands’ longtime drummer, The Rev.

Avenged Sevenfold, also called A7X, started making music more than a decade ago. “We’re not a cliché metal band,” said vocalist M. Shadows in a release. “People catch that we’re trying to do something different. Take chances. But especially now it’s all about being real and using all our strengths.”

Hollywood Undead also has a unique sound, said band member J-Dog during a telephone interview from the road in Pennsylvania. He said the band’s music is a mix of industrial, hip hop, metal and rock.

“We don’t sound like any other rock band,” J-Dog said.

At this weekend’s concert, fans can look forward to live music from Hollywood Undead, not tunes from a deejay. Each band member plays several instruments, so they switch out with vocals, guitar and keyboard.

“There’s so many different kinds of songs that it’s fun for everybody. You never really get bored,” J-Dog said.

Originally from Holly­wood, Calif., the six-member band, with Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Funny Man and Danny, started making music together in 2005. Most of them grew up together and were in separate bands. As time went on, they wanted to try something different because they felt that many bands sounded the same.

In Hollywood Undead’s early stages, the band’s music was inspired by their Hollywood environment. Over the years, the band has grown and evolved in its songwriting. Hollywood Undead has released two albums and plans to release a remix album later this month. Their single Undead has been featured in the Paramount film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and the video game, Madden NFL 2009.

“I think any band that makes that same record over and over again is destined to fail. The most successful bands in the world are the ones that grow as a group. Otherwise, people will say, ‘I’ve already heard this once or I liked it better before,’ ” J-Dog said.

In addition to the music, fans are important to Hollywood Undead, J-Dog said. They’ve met bands that don’t care about their fans.

“I’ve never understood that because growing up as a kid going to shows and loving music, the people that I met, that I was inspired by, were always cool to me. That meant a lot to me,” J-Dog said. “People who don’t really care don’t realize (fans) made it possible for them to do it. It’s pretty easy to get a fat head, because I’ve seen it before. But we’re just not like that. We’re feeling kind of lucky to even be doing this right now, especially in the current climate with the economy.”


WHO: Avenged Sevenfold’s “Buried Alive” Tour with special guests Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26

WHERE: James Brown Arena

TICKETS: $44.75, $39.75 and $25; www.georgialinatix.com, 877-428-4849, box office