Tonight's (Sunday, September 7) sold-out AVENGED SEVENFOLD concert at Rams Head in Baltimore, Maryland was cancelled "due to artist illness," according to a message that was posted on the venue's web site.AVENGED SEVENFOLD last month called off its appearance at England's Reading festival and scrapped the rest of its UK dates because of singer Matt Shadows's strained throat. An announcement posted by the band online stated, "(Shadows') doctors in the United Kingdom and Los Angeles have both advised him that he must rest his voice and cannot perform. Thankfully there are no long-term problems and with proper rest, Matt will return to the road shortly." Katie Parsons of Kerrang! magazine conducted an interview with M. Shadows at the 2008 Kerrang! Awards, held on August 21 in London, England. Watch the two-minute chat below. Hosted by ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, Kerrang! Awards saw AVENGED SEVENFOLD collect the Kerrang! "Best Album" gong for the band's 2007 self-titled effort, METALLICA honored with the Kerrang! Inspiration award, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE inducted to the magazine’s Hall Of Fame and Sheffield rockers DEF LEPPARD acknowledging their Classic Songwriter award via a video message. On September 9, AVENGED SEVENFOLD will release a DVD/CD package, entitled "Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough". The live DVD features the band's April 10 hometown show at the Long Beach Arena headlining the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour, while the CD contains previously unreleased b-sides that were recorded during the making of "Avenged Sevenfold", plus various covers, and other never-before-heard material. The DVD was directed by Core Entertainment's Rafa Alcantara, who also worked on the band's critically acclaimed 2007 road documentary "All Excess".
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