Rock group Avenged Sevenfold covered this
in 2017 as a virtual bonus track for their album The Stage
. Their version features A7X guitarist Zacky Vengeance on lead vocals for the first time while the Vandals' axeman Warren Fitzgerald guests.
"When we decided to expand the album and add new tracks, everyone in the band chose a song that would be interesting to cover," said Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows. "Zacky came up with the idea of doing a punk rock version of the Del Shannon classic. While in the studio, (AS guitarist) Synyster brought up our old friend Warren Fitzgerald, saying it'd be great to have him play on the track and give the song the kind of reckless abandon he's known for with the Vandals."
"I've always loved 'Runaway' and the dark undertone hidden behind the upbeat doo-wop track," said Vengeance of his choice to cover the song. "You can hear sincere anguish in his voice. I raised my hand to add a little punk rock flair to the vocals, have some fun, and give the fans a little something to talk about."