AVENGED SEVENFOLD Guitarist Comments On 'Best New Artist In A Video' Award Win

AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Zacky Vengeance has commented on the band's "Best New Artist In A Video" award for their "Bat Country" clip at the the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, which were held Thursday (August 31) at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In a posting on the band's MySpace page, Zacky wrote: "[Thursday] night I sat there praying that I might remain dignified in defeat. Instead I heard the answer of the army of [AVENGED SEVENFOLD] fans.

"We were the band who wasn't in the VMA limelight and wasn't on the commercials or billboards, but we don't need any of that bullshit when we have each and every one of you stepping up to the plate for us in the most crucial moment. You showed the entire world... fuck that... the entire UNIVERSE that what we share cannot be stopped. You should all be proud of yourselves because I am more proud of you all than you'll ever know.

"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart and for the rest of you... IF YOU DON'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW!!!!"

AVENGED SEVENFOLD guitarist Synyster Gates and frontman M. Shadows told MTV.com earlier in the week that the band is hitting the U.K. in October with openers BLEEDING THROUGH, "and then we'll be back in the States to hit all of the small cities that never get shows," Shadows said. "It will be throughout the country, but it's going to be very scattered. Like, there won't be New York or Los Angeles stops."

Shadows said that KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and BLEEDING THROUGH will provide support on that run, which should commence sometime in November.

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