Avenged Sevenfold Cover Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’ | Guitar Interactive Magazine

Published 6 years ago on July 8, 2017

By Jonathan Graham

Avenged Sevenfold has shared a brand new music video for their cover of Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway.’

This year has already seen the Huntingdon Beach metal outfit release a new track ‘Dose’ as well as covers of Mr Bungle’s 1999 track Retrovertigo plus famous Mexican folk song Malagueńa Salerosa. The flurry of covers comes after the band vowed to keep adding songs to their latest album The Stage which was leaked in 2016 via their label Capitol Records.

Eagle eyed fans of the band will notice that the new interpretation of Del Shannon’s 1961 track features a guest appearance by The Vandal’s guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and also guitarist Zacky Vengeance taking over vocal duties from frontman M Shadows

On the cover Shadows says (via TeamRock):

When we decided to expand the album and add new tracks, everyone in the band chose a song that would be interesting to cover.

Zacky came up with the idea of doing a punk rock version of the Del Shannon classic. While in the studio, Synyster brought up our old friend Warren Fitzgerald, saying it'd be great to have him play on the track and give the song the kind of reckless abandon he's known for with The Vandals.

With Warren on board, Zacky wanted to have a crack at singing, which really put the song over the top. I do a little talking thing with him in the middle of the track, but that's it. The rest is all him and it came out great.”

Vengeance adds: “I’ve always loved Runaway and the dark undertone hidden behind the upbeat doo wop track.

You can hear sincere anguish in his voice. I raised my hand to add a little punk rock flair to the vocals, have some fun, and give the fans a little something to talk about.”

Check out Avenged Sevenfold’s cover of Runaway below.



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