AVENGED SEVENFOLD confirmed the release of its new album, "The Stage", during a live-streamed performance Thursday night, October 27 from the rooftop of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California.
The groundbreaking event saw the band give a 3D/360-degree live-streamed virtual reality performance, enabling fans around the globe to view the show on Universal Music Group's newly released VRTGO VR platform, powered by VRLIVE's advanced technology, and experience AVENGED SEVENFOLD's electrifying set as if they were there for this first-of-its-kind immersive event.
Fans attended the event in-person, flooding the streets and sidewalks around the tower to experience a concert amplified by augmented reality (AR) technology, which intensifies real-world environmental elements with computer-generated sensory input such as graphics, video and sound to enhance the live experience. VRLIVE streamed the event to 50 Samsung Gear VR headsets on the ground level of the event for fans to virtually transport themselves to the stage. Afterward, the band celebrated with fans, taking photos and sharing stories about the secretive release.
Video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL), "The Stage" features 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band's first thematic release. While the term "AI" conjures up images of robots and fantasy films, the band steers clear of a science fiction storyline. Instead, the album sees them taking a futurist's look at the accelerated rate at which technology's intelligence is expanding and what that means — good and bad — for the future.
The album's epic 15-minute-plus closing track, "Exist", features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken-word performance he penned specifically for the album.
Avenged Sevenfold Live from the Capitol Records Rooftop!
Our new album "The Stage" is out now!! Get it here: http://smarturl.it/A7XTheStage
We’re live from THE STAGE! #A7XOCT27LIVE
To watch us perform in 3D 360° Virtual Reality, download #VRTGO (http://umg.lnk.to/VRTGO)Posted by Avenged Sevenfold on Thursday, October 27, 2016
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