Iain Wilson sent a few questions that M. Shadows had answered for the forum members. Also thanks to Michael for getting these user submitted questions to M. Shadows and posting the answered product. Here’s a few that the front-man gave some interesting and informative answers to:
So you guys basically kick ass and take names when it comes to touring the universe. But honestly, the tour circuits seem to get longer and longer to the point where fans wonder about the members’ health. We hear about occurrences of common colds, the flu, vocal problems, maybe other weird stuff we shouldn’t know about, and Matt’s “facial paralysis” which could potentially jeopardize shows. Pretty extreme stuff. So where is the line drawn? How much is too much touring?
M SHADOWS: I understand where you are coming from but truthfully we will tour until we don’t wanna tour anymore. People are gonna get sick, things are gonna happen and it can happen on the road or while we are sitting at home. We toured City of Evil for almost 2 years, and we are only 1 year into this cycle.
My vocal problem turned out not to be over usage. If you remember I had 3 weeks off after the Maiden tour to rest and somewhere in that time home my voice got fucked up. People wanna say I blew it out at the Kerrang show because I was so drunk. The only reason I was drunk was because I knew my voice was in big trouble well before that show, so I drank a lot to try and loosen it up and hopefully get through the show. I got through that show but by the time Reading and Leeds came around I could barely sing more then 5 notes, and thanks to YOUTUBE we can all see just how bad it was.
I went home and the doctors told me to shut up for 3 weeks, so I did and it just made it worse, so getting back on the road and taking things easy from show to show is actually good for my voice. From Japan all the way to today I’m getting closer and closer everyday to getting my voice back to where it was. But Im still taking some parts easy live to make sure I don’t get back in that situation, which to the 6 doctors that I’ve been seeing and myself has been a mystery to us in the first place. As for the facial paralysis, I’m still waiting to get tests back from my MRI’s that I had this weekend, but doctors expect it to be some sort of TMJ which I would get from singing and using my jaw too much. Hopefully my jaw is just out of line and causing paralysis and I can get it fixed in jan when we take a month off. But the point is, shit happens, no one is making us do this against our will, we love touring and we are very happy right now.
When are you coming back to the UK?
M SHADOWS: After a new record is recorded.
Why does the band insist on repeatedly making promises to fans in the United Kingdom and Europe which it has no intention of keeping? Does it not feel that it should honour its promises or is it acceptable to betray fans time and again?
M SHADOWS: Betray fans is a little harsh. Just like everything in life things happen sometimes out of our control. As for this situation I wanna give you all a little information. Now this is in no way making excuses for other tours we may have cancelled which you may or may not be holding onto some sort of resentment. This is for the future touring in 09 which we said we would do. We did the Maiden tour, which was a HUGE success for us, expecting to be able to come back in Feb. and replay all the markets we had hit with them as a headliner. Once we started booking dates our agent came to us and told us promoters didn’t want Avenged in the market place unless we were willing to do 300 – 700 capacity clubs throughout Europe. They felt the economy was so bad and they were losing money on so many other shows that they weren’t willing to take a chance on a band that they didn’t know about.
Last time I checked in Scandinavia, Spain and other parts of Europe, we had an amazing crowd response. So they went to the label in those markets and since our record is a year old they also had no interest in helping out the promoters and advertising the dates. We had already spent well over a quarter million dollars to do the Maiden tour with travel and crew expenses that came straight out of our pockets and we promised ourselves as a band we would never spend money out of our own pocket to tour any market again.
If you think about it, Avenged can go anywhere from south America, to Canada, to the states, to the UK and to Southeast Asia and Japan and play to thousands and thousands of kids every night, so to go play to 300 kids and go further in debt just makes no sense. So we fired our agent and went to the promoter directly and the answer was still the same. So hence, no more European tour. I know in my heart of hearts that Spain, Scandinavia, and Portugal would all be insane huge shows. But until people wanna book the shows, they just wont happen.
Also, the reason we aren’t coming back to the UK is that we had a falling out with the label there. They didn’t work any of our singles properly, they leaked music videos to the states and fucked up release dates for us. They basically blew their load on a bunch of shit and now nothing has happened since the last time we were there, so the band and myself feel it’s best to do a new record and then make it one of the first spots we hit. Most of the people at the label have been replaced since all this went down, so hopefully things will go more smoothly in the future. I know this may not make sense to some of you but the reality is this is how it all works, no label support, no promoter, no shows. It will get worked out and people in Europe will catch on but it’s just taking longer then virtually every other market in the world.
Will you ever add any songs off Diamonds in the Rough to the setlist?
M SHADOWS: Yeah I think so
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