Avenged Sevenfold cancels Philly gig with Metallica after guitarist’s wife goes into labor

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has cancelled their opening set for Metallica at tonight’s show in Philadelphia.  They’ve got a good reason — the wife of guitarist Synyster Gates has gone into labor with the couple’s first child.

“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,” the band writes in a statement. “Unfortunately, this also means we won’t be able to play tonight’s gig with Metallica.”

The Philly show will go on with Metallica and openers Volbeat. Avenged Sevenfold will return to the tour this Sunday, May 14 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the A7X family and thanks so much for your support and understanding,” the band writes. “We’ll see you all Sunday in New Jersey.”

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