AVENGED SEVENFOLD / POWER TRIP / MYRKUR

M. Shad­ows took Avenged into mas­sive are­nas and sta­dium tours

Metal Hammer (UK) - - CONTENTS - WORDS: STEPHEN HILL

HOW WAS IT DO­ING THAT HUGE UK ARENA TOUR BACK IN JAN­UARY?

“The UK was amaz­ing to me, be­cause the last time we were there, with the ex­cep­tion of Down­load, we were do­ing Wem­b­ley, and only get­ting to do three big gigs. This time we got to do 11 and they all sold re­ally well. That gave us a lot of con­fi­dence that we were on the right track.”

WHAT WAS THE ME­TAL­LICA TOUR LIKE? YOU PLAYED STA­DI­UMS IN THE U.S.

“To be in a sta­dium see­ing 70,000 peo­ple go­ing crazy ev­ery night was awein­spir­ing. The chal­lenge is to try and win them over – peo­ple who didn’t know you, didn’t wanna like you, with you not re­ally be­ing able to fire on all cylin­ders, out in the mid­dle of the day­light, with a one-hour set. Hope­fully we won some peo­ple over. I guess we’ll see when we next go out.”

WHAT HAVE PEO­PLE MADE OF THE COVER SONGS YOU’VE BEEN RE­LEAS­ING?

“With the Span­ish folk song, Malagueña Salerosa, peo­ple couldn’t be­lieve what they were hear­ing, and I think they re­spected us do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent. Span­ish ra­dio sta­tions picked it up! The cool fac­tor in it was to re­lease these songs and not pro­mote them too much, so it’s hard to say what the real re­ac­tion was. Even though you might get a bunch of Mr. Bun­gle purists who were pissed about us touch­ing their song [Retro­ver­tigo], you also get new peo­ple who would never have even heard them be­fore. That’s re­ally cool.”

HOW WAS IT PER­FORM­ING AT THE CH­ESTER BEN­NING­TON TRIB­UTE SHOW?

“It was re­ally heavy, re­ally emo­tional. Be­ing part of the camp for the last two weeks and see­ing the fans in the build-up to the show, see­ing how much Ch­ester meant to peo­ple and how much Mike Shin­oda means to peo­ple… it was over­whelm­ing. It was an hon­our to be there and do a ser­vice to them.”

THIS YEAR WAS THE 10TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF THE SELF-TI­TLED AVENGED AL­BUM. WHAT MEM­O­RIES DOES THAT BRING BACK?

“I re­mem­ber the po­lar­is­ing re­ac­tion from peo­ple off the back of [2005’s] City Of Evil to that record. I also re­mem­ber self­pro­duc­ing – it was the first time we never had any­one look­ing over our shoul­der. I re­mem­ber do­ing the strings for A Lit­tle Piece Of Heaven and work­ing with the Oingo Boingo guys, just a lot of cre­ativ­ity. It’s not our best-sound­ing al­bum, but there were lots of crazy ideas, and I love bands with crazy ideas.”

GET­TING A FIRST SHOT AT HEAD­LIN­ING DOWN­LOAD IS HUGE, BUT IS GET­TING ASKED BACK EVEN MORE OF A BIG DEAL?

“Yes! It means we didn’t to­tally fuck it up! We look for­ward to giv­ing all the fans a wild night­cap to end day one.”

YOU BLEW EV­ERY­ONE’S MINDS WITH THE STAGE SET ON THIS TOUR – CAN WE EX­PECT A SIM­I­LAR VIBE AT DON­ING­TON?

“I would say it’s a sim­i­lar vibe on steroids. You gotta bring ev­ery­thing you got to Down­load.”

“It’s sur­real. Guns in­tro­duced me to rock’n’roll, so to be head­lin­ing with them on the world’s big­gest stage is mind-bog­gling. Ozzy has such a deep history in the genre and ev­ery band play­ing owes so much to him. We’re hum­bled to share a stage with these leg­ends.”

“PEO­PLE COULDN’T BE­LIEVE WE DID A SPAN­ISH FOLK SONG, BUT THEY RE­SPECTED US FOR IT”

M. Shad­ows has reached the league of leg­ends

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