The Avenged Sevenfold family suffered a tragic loss on Monday night (February 20) in Stuttgart, Germany, when one of its crew members was seriously injured and a local stagehand identified only as Marvin P. was killed while tearing down the band's stage.
In a statement about the incident, the group wrote that a 26-year-old stagehand, “fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital. This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident. We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process."
A7X canceled Tuesday night's (February 21) show in Milan. blaming frontman M. Shadow's laryngitis. The group is on tour with Disturbed in Europe until March 10, then hops on Metallica's WorldWired Tour starting May 10 in Baltimore.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.