Machine Head Fans Allegedly Confused By Avenged Sevenfold’s Lion Crest Logo At ‘Soundwave Festival’ (Updated)


A report of the February 22nd Brisbane, AUS stop of the ‘Soundwave Festival‘ running over at The Queensland Times has word that Avenged Sevenfold‘s stage production allegedly had some fans expecting a surprise set from Machine Head. The confusion apparently stemmed from Avenged Sevenfold‘s lion crest backdrop, with the above publication posting:

Avenged Sevenfold, after once refusing to play Soundwave because of a clash with Iron Maiden in past years, used their headline set to take swipe at Machine Head, who incidentally had called Avenged Sevenfold‘s latest album a ‘covers’ album.

Many fans would have been confused at the opening when a massive Machine Head banner was setup as the backdrop.

This eventually fell away in a flurry of pyro and fire to reveal the true Avenged Sevenfold banner – the Death Bat.”

Fan-filmed footage of the backdrop in question and its subsequent reveal at the Brisbane show can be seen below. Judging from the footage, it’s hard to label the backdrop as an intentional “swipe”. But the confusion does echo a similar theory Machine Head acknowledged regarding the similarity of the two outfits logos in the past.

Both Machine Head and Avenged Sevenfold also have had a somewhat colorful past, with Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn joking that Avenged Sevenfold‘s latest effort “Hail To The King” is a “covers album

Avenged Sevenfold themselves also ran afoul of Overkill years back for their use of the ‘deathbat logo’, with the latter band printing a shirt that featured the bat with the words “This One’s Ours… Get Your Own Fucking Logo!”

Update – February 24th 9:56am:

Reporter Marc Stapelberg, who posted the story over at The Queensland Times, has retracted the originally posted quote featured above; and updated the story to reflect that it was in fact not Machine Head‘s logo used—but Avenged Sevenfold‘s own similar crest logo—on the backdrop in question.

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