Thursday, August 25, 2016
Avenged Sevenfold's M.Shadows was recently interviewed by WGRD radio station, you can read some excerpts below.
About the songwriting and recording sessions for band's next album, he said: "Yeah, we're very wishy-washy. We're writing, we've been throwing stuff around. You know, we've been working, and that's all I can really say about it. I think there's a lot of speculation online, and we're just kind of leaving it that way. But when there's something to be heard, we'll let the world know. But right now, we're just still working on stuff."
About the visual presentation for Avenged Sevenfold's upcoming live shows: "Right now, on this tour, we're thinking about going with a really clean, really big look. And since 'Hail To The King' is three years old, it really isn't appropriate to bring out 'Hail To The King'-themed stuff. So I think what we're gonna start doing is we'vee been, in rehearsal, bringing out a lot of older things that people haven't necessarily heard in a long time, or things we've never played. Like, we debuted a song called 'Planets' the other night, and we've been playing a song called 'Acid Rain'. And we wanna start bringing out some older stuff that people haven't necessarily heard. So we wanna pack this setlist with stuff that isn't necessarily all the hits and just kind of come up with a big look, production-wise, while we work on building something much bigger for the future and for the next few runs."
About finding their new drummer Brooks Wackerman: "Well, the process was really easy, because… Well, first off, we had to keep it secret, because we had to respect Bad Religion and what he was gonna have to do with telling them that he decided that he wanted to play with us. And we're huge fans of Bad Religion; they're one of our favorite bands growing up, and they still are — they still put out such great music. And so, for us, it was about just working with him for a year before we even announced it, 'cause we wanted to make sure he was the right guy. But deep down, we already knew. We've known Brooks for years and years and years, and we knew he was just a phenomenal drummer. We knew that there was no way he was gonna have trouble recreating The Rev's parts and Mike Portnoy's parts. So, basically, for us, it was about writing with him, and writing songs with him, to see how that went, before we decided to pull the trigger. And so, once we did that, we just knew… I mean, you can show that guy a song and he can learn it in three listens; he's that good of a drummer. So he's probably more prepared than we are, honestly, on some of these old songs, especially for the guitar players — they're playing all these duels and all these solos. And then Brooks, he's got it down. You can show him and song and he can learn it within a day, which is cool."
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Below the setlist of Avenged Sevenfold's August 20 show at the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis.
Beast and the Harlot
Hail to the King
God Hates Us (First live performance since 2012)
Beast and the Harlot
Hail to the King
God Hates Us (First live performance since 2012)
Saturday, August 20, 2016
You can watch below the full video of first Avenged Sevenfold show with new drummer Brooks Wackerman at the First Avenue in Minneapolis on August 18.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Avenged Sevenfold played a free show at First Avenue in Minneapolis on August 18 with the new drummer Brooks Wackerman, below the setlist.
Friday, August 12, 2016
M.Shadows was recently interviewed by TeamRock.com, you can read some excerpts below.
He said: "In fourth grade I had this Batman outfit that my mom bought me. I’d ride around town on my skateboard with Guns N’ Roses playing. I’d listen to One In A Million over and over because it had shitty words in it. Everyone would throw shit at me because I looked like a complete nerd but I didn’t care – I was listening to metal. The point is we really look up to bands like that, bands who can get a 10-year-old kid who has no clue what cool is to like them."
"I’m a confident person. It goes back to one particular day when I was a kid. I was walking to my Catholic school and I’d left my shoes somewhere so I had to wear these horrible penny-loafers. My mom said to me, ‘Never give a shit what any of these people think, they’re never going to know you when you’re older, these people don’t matter.’ I was still nervous as hell but I’ve always kept that. Nobody knows what I think, they don’t know me and they never will. You can’t be in a band like this and be a reclusive, sit in the corner guy. If you’re like that, you’ll never dominate."
"Me, Zacky Vengeance and The Rev played sports a lot. The Rev always played drums I suppose but we were mostly into sports. It just kind of morphed into, ‘Hey, let’s rock out together’. That ended up overshadowing everything else. We were just friends fucking around I guess. The Rev brought his kit over and totally over-played everything, putting big drum solos in while we were just trying to jam. It went from there, you know."
"I never tried to identify with anything. I just listened to the music I liked no matter what it was. Metal was just what I liked to listen to most."
"When we first started we just wanted irritate people. All the shows we were playing were hardcore shows and those people get so upset about anything. We wanted to be larger than life. We had fog machines and intros and all that stuff just to piss people off. It made them talk. People were saying, ‘Fuck that band, they’re a bunch of idiots.’ Others were saying it was awesome and thought it was the coolest show they’d ever seen."
"We had a lot of fun with the imagery and all the goofy stuff, but we always cared about the music first. A lot of people out there don’t care what you look like, they just want to listen to music but a lot of people wanted to slag on us because we looked a certain way."
"My 25 year old self would probably punch me in the face. He was a firecracker ready to go off. He was smart enough to figure things out but he still – not to quote Sebastian Bach – had that youth gone wild mentality. You have to live it to figure it out. You have to make mistakes. We made a lot of those but we also made some good decisions, otherwise we wouldn’t be here now."
"When we write songs, communication is key. Everyone knows not to get offended when we go into the writing process because if something sucks, we’re not going to beat around the bush and doodle on your riff for three days. If it sucks, throw it out and shut your mouth. You can't have a big ego in that situation. That’s how we work."
"When Jimmy died, it was so final. Most people don’t have to deal with that for a long time, and we were dealing with it at 28 and 29. Worse, it was someone so close. We had spent 18 years with him. We had done all our growing up together. We really knew each other so well. We lived on a bus with him, we had gone from not knowing how to play an instrument to playing huge stadiums together … and then, all of a sudden, he was gone. He’s not there. Ever. That’s a dose of reality that a lot of people don’t ever have to deal with."
"Singing the lyrics Jimmy wrote for Nightmare before he died was almost the worst thing I’ve ever gone through. It was hard to sing that stuff; it was hard to finish the record. But I think the hardest thing is listening to the album. You realise he’s not there to be with you, it’s much harder to deal with than just recording it."
"When you lose your best friend, you get a little older. Family becomes more important. You realise you write music for fun, for entertainment, and it all becomes slightly less important. They’re just songs. Hopefully they help people but we’re a lot more realistic about how the world works now. A lot of that comes from losing Jimmy, and from going through some things. What we went through happens to other people every day. That’s the important stuff."
Monday, August 8, 2016
Avenged Sevenfold announced 2017 European tour with Disturbed and Chevelle. Below the tour dates.
02/12 – Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
02/13 – Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
02/15 – Berlin, GER – Arena Berlin
02/16 Dusseldorf, GER – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
02/18 Amsterdam, NLD – Ziggo Dome
02/20 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
02/21 Milan, ITA – Forum
02/23 Vienna, AUS – Wiener Stadthalle
02/25 Munich, GER – Zenith
02/26 Zurich, SUI – Halle 622
02/28 Lille, FRA – Zenith Arena
03/01 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
03/02 Paris, FRA – AccorHotels Arena
03/04 Copenhagen, DEN – Valby Hallen
03/07 Helsinki, FIN – Hartwall Arena
03/09 Stockholm, SWE – Ericsson Globe
03/10 Oslo, NOR – Telenor