Arts & Entertainment

Rock show set Feb. 12 in Kennewick

Hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold, who break the metal mold by crafting hard-driving ballads with more melody than noise, are headed to Kennewick.

The Southern California band will bring their Nightmare After Christmas tour to the Tri-Cities on Feb. 12 at the Toyota Center. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.

Though this group is constantly reinventing itself, the one thing that hasn't changed is that the band can still pack the house and give rock fans their money's worth.

Also appearing on the tour, which sold out in Europe, will be Stone Sour, Hollywood Undead and New Medicine.

Avenged is soaring high on Billboard's charts with its release of Nightmare, which not only held the No. 1 spot for albums, but also topped Billboard's rock, hard rock and digital charts with its title track, Nightmare.

The band formed in 1999 in Huntington Beach with original members M. Shadows, Zacky Vengeance, James "The Rev" Sullivan, and Matt Wendt. Members have come and gone since those early days. The band now is made up of Shadows, Vengeance, Synyster Gates and Johnny Christ.

After several years of climbing the ladder of international recognition, including gigs with Ozzfest and Vans Warped Tour, the group's drummer, Sullivan, died unexpectedly in 2009 from a combination of heart disease and prescription drugs.

The band regrouped a year later and released Nightmare, the inspiration for its tour.

Admission to the show is $39.75. Tickets are available at or the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;