Why AVENGED SEVENFOLD Performed 'Dear God' Live For First Time In 15 Years During Jakarta Concert

June 6, 2024

AVENGED SEVENFOLD performed "Dear God", a song from the band's self-titled fourth album, live for the first time in 15 years during AVENGED's May 25 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia. Speaking to Medcom.id, AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows stated about the decision to play the track (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, Indonesia is very far away. And the fact that there's such a big community of AVENGED SEVENFOLD fans here is pretty special to us. We also know that 'Dear God', for some reason, really struck a chord here and people seem to enjoy it. I know they listened to it in their Internet cafés in the early 2000s. And there was a time when we sort of didn't wanna accept that, and when we came here, we didn't play it a couple of times. But now we think it's become something larger than us almost, and so we're really excited to play it for the first time in 15 years."

Regarding the musical and lyrical inspiration for "Dear God", M. Shadows said: "When we wrote it, we were actually inspired by a couple of different country artists in America. We were kind of in this situation where we were writing up in this city called Big Bear, California, and we were drinking a little bit. And Brian [Elwin Haner Jr., a.k.a. guitarist Synyster Gates) and Jimmy ['The Rev' Sullivan, drummer] were saying how they could make a hit pop country song easily. And they just started playing those chords and singing that song. And we liked it, so we left it on the record. But lyrically, it's just about leaving your family and being on the road. I have kids now, so it more pertains to my kids, but at the time, my wife, leaving my wife and just being gone for months at a time and missing someone, and it could translate to anything — being at war, being far away for your work or just being on tour. So just missing loved ones."

AVENGED SEVENFOLD launched the 2024 leg of the "Life Is But A Dream…" North American tour on March 6 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. The band's 2024 run included AVENGED SEVENFOLD's first-ever performances in Manchester, New Hampshire; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Newark. The group performed in Des Moines, Iowa for the first time in 18 years; Cleveland, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the first time in 15 years.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has been touring in support of its latest album, "Life Is But A Dream…", which sold 36,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD made its first festival appearance in five years on May 19, 2023 at Welcome To Rockville at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD's first concert since June 2018 took place on May 12, 2023 at AREA15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To date, AVENGED SEVENFOLD has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and earned two consecutive No. 1 albums on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart (2010's "Nightmare" and 2013's "Hail To The King") to go along with over a billion video views and a billion-plus Spotify streams, as well as multiple No. 1 singles on rock radio.

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