Synyster Gates Biography
Birthday: July 7, 1981 (Cancer)
Born In: Long Beach, California
Brian Elwin Haner, Jr. is an American guitarist currently affiliated with the heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. He is better known by his stage name, Synyster Gates. Born and raised in a family of musicians, Gates grew up influenced by various genres of music, including metal, jazz, classical, gypsy jazz, and avant-garde. He attended the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California, participating in the Guitar Institute of Music program and pursuing degrees in jazz and classical guitar. In 2001, he joined Avenged Sevenfold as its lead guitarist. As of 2018, the band has put out seven studio albums, one live album, and one video album. They have also released two compilation albums and one soundtrack album. Gates was also briefly part of the collaborative project called Pinkly Smooth with his former Avenged Sevenfold bandmate James “The Rev” Sullivan. Over the course of his nearly two-decade-long career, he has won numerous accolades as a member of Avenged Sevenfold, including several Golden God and Kerrang! Awards.