Billboard has posted “The Summer Punk Went Pop: Oral History of the 2005 Warped Tour.” In section III. “Rockstar Shit Was Going On,” Avenged Sevenfold’s time on the tour that year is remembered by Kevin Lyman (Warped Tour Founder), Buddy Nielsen (Senses Fail) and Al Barr (Dropkick Murphys).
Lyman: Then you had Avenged Sevenfold. You knew they were gonna be big because they were the first band that ever showed up on Warped Tour with a smoke machine.
Nielsen: You’d look up in the sky and see a cloud of smoke and be like, “Avenged Sevenfold must be on!” Broad daylight, it looks like the stage is on fire.
Lyman: Avenged Sevenfold always liked to gamble — dice and poker. The Offspring, too, but not Dexter. Cee-lo, I’m sure the Murphys were in the middle of that.
Barr: I myself wasn’t, but our crew were big into poker. They’d play with Avenged Sevenfold almost every night.