Read an Excerpt of Revolver’s Interview with Avenged Sevenfold Frontman M. Shadows from the New Issue
This is an excerpt from the all-new June/July 2014 issue of Revolver. For the rest of this story, plus features on the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count, Killer Be Killed, Epica and a lot more, check out the June/July 2014 issue of Revolver, which is available now at the Revolver Online Store.
By Dan Epstein
“Things are good,” M. Shadows tells Revolver from his home in Huntington Beach, California. “I got up early with my kid, and am having an awesome morning running around with him.”
The Avenged Sevenfold frontman better enjoy domestic life while he still can, because he and his band are about to embark on five weeks of headlining slots on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. But before he can skip town, Shadows happily fills us in on the occupational hazards of playing big summer tours and the mayhem that it can bring.
REVOLVER Is preparing for Mayhem any different than preparing for one of Avenged’s usual headlining tours?
M. SHADOWS It’s weird, because when you do a Mayhem or an Uproar tour, you don’t get to do your full 16-18 song headlining set list. So I guess our biggest concern right now is figuring out what we’re going to play, and how we can change it up every night. There’ll be a chunk of everything: If we’re doing stuff from Waking the Fallen, maybe we’ll do “Chapter Four” and “Second Heartbeat” one night, but the next night we’ll play “Eternal Rest” and “Unholy Confessions.” For City of Evil, we’re bring out some of the deeper cuts in there, so that people don’t have to hear “Bat Country” for the 100th time. [Laughs] One of our biggest concerns is making sure that everyone’s happy. That’s never gonna happen, but we’re going to do our best.
Will you be including songs from your newest album, Hail to the King, as well?
Yeah! In the States, we toured right on top of the record, so it didn’t have time to really sink into the marketplace—it usually takes half a year, at least, before people actually know all the songs. There are songs on Hail to the King that are just made for the live setting, and I think they’re going to go over really well on Mayhem.
You’ve participated in some giant summer tours in the past. What are some of the things that you’ve seen go really wrong?
Well, with the bands, you’ve gotta figure that you’ve got a bunch of 20-, 30-, 40-year old people that are basically hanging out with each other every day in a parking lot, and all there is back there is booze and other devices of mayhem, I guess you could say. So that gets a bit out of control. I remember on Ozzfest 2006, I was drinking Jäger with Lacuna Coil and Disturbed literally every single day—I must have gained 15 pounds on that tour. [Laughs] You’re like, “Why go work out? Why do anything? Let’s just get done with our set and go get hammered with those guys!” That really takes a toll on your body, and I’m sure a lot of that’s going to be happening on this tour.
This is an excerpt from the all-new June/July 2014 issue of Revolver. For the rest of this story, plus features on Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count, Killer Be Killed, Epica and a lot more, check out the June/July 2014 issue of Revolver, which is available now at the Revolver Online Store.