Most Devoted Fans of 2013 – 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards
Where would musicians be without their fans? There’s no doubt that a solid fanbase can boost a band’s profile and while it’s great that we celebrate the band’s for their accomplishments, it’s also important to salute those who keep them in the spotlight. We bring you the Most Devoted Fans of 2013 nominees in the 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards.
We’ve got major rock bands, huge metal acts and a couple of acts whose fanbase has followed them from their homeland and expanded worldwide in recent years. See the nominees for the Most Devoted Fans of 2013 and vote for which one most deserves the title.
Music fans love Avenged Sevenfold and Avenged Sevenfold love them right back. In fact, during the promotion of their ‘Hail to the King’ album, the band staged a free show to salute their fans, and they continuously celebrate their devoted fanbase.
As one of the metal originators, Black Sabbath amassed a pretty huge fanbase. Over the years there’ve been multiple lineup changes and some highs and lows for the group, but the group’s longtime fans were treated to shows and a new album from the three original band members — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.
Black Veil Brides
Black Veil Brides may be one of the more polarizing acts in hard rock, but there’s no doubt that their fans are among the most devoted and dedicated. In 2013, fans were treated to not only a new album but a corresponding film and plenty of chances to see Black Veil Brides play live.
Dir En Grey
Dir En Grey made their name in Japan, but in recent years they’ve taken their music worldwide and the fandom has followed. Though it’s been a few years since a new full-length album, Dir En Grey fans embraced the band’s 2013 EP, ‘The Unraveling.”
Dream Theater fans are a dedicated bunch, drawn to the band’s technical mastery, continual experimentation. Though never a huge radio band, the fans have turned out in masses to support their albums and tours. And in 2013, they supported the band’s new self-titled disc and catapulted the classic ‘Images & Words’ album to victory in Loudwire’s March Metal Madness.
Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch have become one of rock’s biggest bands, with their fanbase sticking with them every step of the way. This year, that fanbase got two albums, a headlining stint on the Mayhem Festival and numerous shows to enjoy. Plus, the group’s life on the road and fandom served as the focal point of the ‘Battle Born’ video.
One of metal’s most enduring bands gave fans plenty to celebrate this past year. Iron Maiden‘s ‘Maiden England’ world tour carried over into 2013 and the fans continued to keep the turnstiles churning.
Lamb of God
The future of Lamb of God was in question going into 2013, as vocalist Randy Blythe headed into trial for his very questionable manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic. But the band’s fans stuck with Blythe & Co., and since his acquittal, they’ve been coming out in droves to see Lamb of God in concert.
Pearl Jam have one of rock’s most dedicated fanbases and they’re known for rewarding them with their ‘Ten Club’ releases. This year, the band finally released a new album, staged a North American tour, played several specialty shows and festivals and even let a few of their celebrity fans interview them.
Queens of the Stone Age
Welcome back Queens of the Stone Age! After a lengthy layoff between albums, the band’s fans were treated to the highly-praised ‘…Like Clockwork’ disc. The band also toured extensively and showed they’re still one of the best live acts going.