Rockers Avenged Sevenfold showed their support for U.S. troops in Iraq with a series of top secret gigs at military bases in the warzone last month (Nov10).
The band teamed up with United Service Organizations to arrange three shows at barracks in Baghdad, and frontman Matt Shadows has branded the morale-boosting trip the "best experience" of his life.
He tells Kerrang! magazine, "Iraq, it was unbelievable. The troops are out in the middle of this s**thole and they were so grateful and so excited to have us there. They're on these bases living in tents and getting mortars shot at them every night, and then they're like, 'Avenged Sevenfold's here playing a show for us!'.
"It's one of those things where if it makes them excited for one night at least and gives them something they can talk about as friends and brothers and sisters out there, then we've totally done our job. It was the best experience I've ever had in my life."