Avenged Sevenfold hacked by deepfake that told fans shows were canceled

M. Shadows clarifies: 'What the actual f***… NOT ME!'
Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold Photo credit Ollie Millington/Getty Images
By , Audacy

Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows has taken to social media to inform fans that a recent announcement from him stating that the band had decided to bow out of their upcoming festival dates was in fact not him at all, the shows are still on, and he's vowing to get to the bottom of the situation.

Listen to Rockternative and more on the free Audacy app

In the Tweets below, Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows reacts an audio clip that sounded an awful lot like him speaking on the band's official Trax podcast falsely announcing that the group had canceled their upcoming festival appearances at Florida's Welcome To Rockville May 18-21, and Ohio's Sonic Temple May 25-28.

Photo credit Trax by Avenged Sevenfold

The episode was allegedly uploaded and shared on the band’s Twitter account by a malicious actor, as Shadows was apparently in Mexico at the time, and responded, "Yikes! This is NOT TRUE. We are still playing. Getting to the bottom of this."

The now-removed audio clip posted over the weekend, in a nutshell, said that Shadows was, “so sorry to bring bad news to you all, but I wanted you to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. We’ve had some unexpected delays on the new album and have decided to cancel our appearances at Welcome to Rockville and Sonic Temple to focus on finishing it up. It breaks our heart to do this, but some things have to be done.”

The statement went on to thank their fans for their, “understanding and support during this time. Your dedication to our music and your unwavering enthusiasm for our shows inspire us every day. We promise to make it up to you, and we will see you soon. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.”

After some speculation swirled that Avenged Sevenfold themselves could have been in on the alleged hack since they do have a new album in the works, the band responded again on February 27, pointing fans over to their Discord channel. "Our accounts were compromised over the weekend and have now been recovered. Our festival appearances have not been cancelled. For the time being," they ask, "please go to our Discord for all future communications. Thank you for your patience."

While you're in a headbanging mood -- follow more of Audacy's all-new stations like Masters Of Metal, IndustriALTDon't Metal In My Affairs, Venom, Arena RockWake Up and Rock, and The Roots of Rock for those who crave the early days.

LISTEN on the Audacy App
Sign Up and Follow Audacy
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Featured Image Photo Credit: Ollie Millington/Getty Images