Thursday, April 3, 2014

M.Shadows: "Everyone thought we were the biggest idiots for that, total posers..."

Loudwire has interviewed M.Shadows, below an excerpt:

You mentioned the imagery. That’s one of the thing thats always been cool about the band, you get a full package. You take everything into consideration. Was that the game plan from day one for Avenged Sevenfold? Was there something that inspired or laid that out for you?


Yeah. When we were growing up we listened to all sorts of music but the first band that really grabbed all of us live was AFI. What they were doing out there, their image compared to everything else that was on Warped Tour and then you go see them at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, they were just always doing this cool — they were just over the top with their gothic imagery. Then Maiden, I was a fan but I had never seen them live. Then with Eddie, seeing their shows.
Always from day one, we were the band on Warped Tour with a fog machine and our backdrop had to be up — everyone thought we were the biggest idiots for that, total posers. But for us, we wanted to be over the top. We had stage names when we were 17-years-old because we liked the over the top aspect of it. We loved that Axl was a fake name, we loved that Slash was a fake name. We just love that whole, completely enamored with the whole rock n roll thing. But AFI was the first band in our scene that we felt like were really pushing the limits of their live show.
So we just kept doing it, kept pushing the limits and now where we are now, now it’s hard to push the limits because we don’t know what else we can do. But, at the same time, it’s fun to be creative with it.

It’s like Motley Crue. How do you continually top yourself when you keep doing these big productions?


You don’t want to become a novelty either. You want to be able to go and kick ass. Like right now in South America, it’s purely a black stage with some ramps and death bats everywhere and it looks sick. It’s fun to be able to go back and forth between the ‘Kings’ set with the video and the pyro and then do the stripped down type of set in South America. It’s fun to be able to do both of those.

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