Thursday, March 23, 2017
Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates: "We are excited to play with Metallica again"
Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates was recently interviewed by Finland's Radio Rock. You can read some excerpts below.
He said that he was 'really excited' about playing with Metallica again: "I think it's an absolute honor and a privilege and we're the luckiest band in the world to be taken in by such a legendary act. During our formative years, it was all about, 'What did Metallica do?' and 'How do we do that?' and then you try and find an identity of your own, but they're still… They were the pioneers and the trailblazers. And they still do that stuff. We go and do a surprise release and then they do twelve videos for their record and have unbelievable success, and you're, like, 'Damn! That's pretty cool what they did, huh?' So we're always having those moments and it's really cool to see them continue to trailblaze and pioneer, and they're helping us and taking us along for the ride, and we couldn't appreciate it any more."
Asked if he still gets starstruck when hanging out with members of Metallica, Gates said: "Yeah, definitely. I remember in Berlin when we played with Metallica for the first time, and Lars Ulrich, came in. And you see how… He's as crazy and amped as you see on YouTube or whatever, but just the nicest guy. He comes in just full of fucking energy. That's Lars. Lars Ulrich is Lars Ulrich, on camera, off camera, and I had no clue how fucking sweet that guy is. He invited us to sing on stage, sing a Ramones song that night, and it was just incredible. And that's just the type of guys that they all are — incredible human beings and people. And they inspire you to be better people. You wanna be better to your tour family, your home family… I mean, just because you're fucking rich and really successful doesn't mean that you need to be a dick. You can actually be nicer than everybody, which Metallica has proven to do."