Dear God (Avenged Sevenfold song)
|Single by Avenged Sevenfold|
|from the album Avenged Sevenfold|
|Released||June 15, 2008|
|Format||CD single, Radio promo|
|Recorded||2007 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California, Eldorado Recording Studios, and Burbank & Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California|
|Length||6:37 (album version)
3:56 (radio edit)
|Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology|
"Dear God" is the tenth and final song as well as fourth single from Avenged Sevenfold's self-titled album. The song is a notable deviation from the band's usual heavy metal style, taking on more of a country feel. Bassist Johnny Christ has stated that the inspiration for the song came from the band's friendship with country act Big & Rich. Their influence can be heard in the background vocals of MuzikMafia member Shanna Crooks.
- "Dear God" (Album Version) - 6:33
- "Afterlife" (Live in the LBC) - 6:03
- Radio Promo
- "Dear God" (Radio Edit) - 3:56
|United Kingdom||June 15, 2008|
|United States||September 30, 2008|
The music video shows some parts of the band's live shows, some footage of the band backstage and also footage of the band playing the song in a studio set and on their tour bus in the form of a real-life video (much like the video for the band's single Unholy Confessions ) as it shows some of the band's partners. The video faded the audio out of the song several seconds after the vocals of the song ended, therefore shortening the length of the song from its' original 6:33 span.
Warner Brothers posted previews of the video on YouTube and the video was leaked in its full form, but was quickly removed from the internet by Warner Bros. Since June 15, 2008, the video has been shown on Scuzz TV in the UK and Kerrang! music.
Shots where a live crowd is singing along with the song was shot at the same concert in Long Beach, California, at which their live concert/album DVD, Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough, was shot. The crowd was notified of them being on the video prior to the band coming on stage. The song was played prior to the band coming out and was not actually part of the concert.
The video was released to the U.S. on September 30, 2008. It was the last music video to feature Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan before his death.
- M. Shadows - lead vocals
- Zacky Vengeance - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- The Rev - drums, backing vocals
- Synyster Gates - lead guitar, backing vocals
- Johnny Christ - bass