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G1 Talk Avenged Sevenfold’s Return To South America For Rock In Rio 2013 With M Shadows.
December 7, 2012, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Arin Ilejay, Avenged Sevenfold, Fans, Interviews, News

G1 have published a short interview with M Shadows about Avenged Sevenfold’s return to South America for Rock In Rio 2013, whether the band will be play more dates in the area, being popular without making pop music and more. Thank you to Deathbat News reader Iago J. who was kind enough to type up the translated interview for everyone to read.

G1 – You’ve reached the top of the list of best selling albums in the United States. How is it to be popular without making pop music?
M. Shadows – It is possible, and we are not the only example. Iron Maiden and Metallica are two of the greatest bands of all time and pass away from pop. Pantera was well on the charts and has one of the best selling albums of all time. You have to build a fan club, have to know to do a good job in the alternative scene and then know how to grow up. Pop music listeners will not buy our records. We just want to play heavy rock.

After playing in Brazil on 2008, 2010 and 2011, Avenged Sevenfold confirmed their next concert here. The hard rock group was announced as the ‘Rock In Rio’ special guest and will be playing on 22th September, the “metal day”, with Iron Maiden.

In a interview for G1, the lead singer reveals until the festival they will have already released a new album. It will be the band’s 6th album since their career debut on 1999. However, they will not completely change the repertoire, already approved by Brazilians who stuck in a black shirt to watch the quintet in one of the previous tours. “Let’s play what the public want to hear. If the new album is in their interest, we’ll play … If they only want to listen to old stuff, let’s just play old stuff,” says Matthew Sanders, better known by the codename M. Shadows. See the main parts of the interview by phone:

G1 – You will play with Iron Maiden. Do you like it? Are there fans in common?
M. Shadows – I love Iron Maiden. We’ve done some touring with them in Europe. We are part of that case that each one has its specific fan base, but there are many people who like the two bands. Who has the passion for metal like this kind of sound. Can’t wait to be part of this festival. Luckily, I know the Brazilian fans of Iron Maiden like our music.

G1 – In this fourth time coming to South America, will you only play at Rock in Rio or are there chances of more concerts in other cities?
M. Shadows – We’re talking to Metallica and Iron Maiden to know what they will do before and after the Rock in Rio. So, there’s chance to take the fall and make at least two more shows. We are still seeing this …

G1 – After The Rev (killed by accidental overdose in 2009) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Arin Ilejay was called. It’s a young drummer, 24 years. Now that he’s in the band for a long time, do you feel he has reached the level of Rev and Mike?
M. Shadows – Rev was a phenomenon. He always had the beat and timing for each song. And he was also a composer, a brilliant singer … Mike is a legend of the drums, he is an incredible musician. Arin was a bet of ours, he was a young boy. He is doing very well. He can play any kind of heavy rock. When we come to Rock in Rio, we will have already released a new album. Arin will be even better.

G1 – You will mix old and new songs, or more songs from the album?
M. Shadows – Let’s play what the audience wants to hear. If the new album is in their interest, we will play … If they only want to listen to old stuff, let’s just play old stuff [Laughs] We were not locked into a plan. The new album is still in the embryonic stage. We just have bases, not even lyrics. We’re trying to pick up the pieces.

G1 – You’ve reached the top of the list of best selling albums in the United States. How is it to be popular without making pop music?
M. Shadows – It is possible, and we are not the only example. Iron Maiden and Metallica are two of the greatest bands of all time and pass away from pop. Pantera was well on the charts and has one of the best selling albums of all time. You have to build a fan club, have to know to do a good job in the alternative scene and then know how to grow up. Pop music listeners will not buy our records. We just want to play heavy rock.

G1 – Six years ago, you beat Rihanna and Chris Brown at the MTV Music Awards when you won Best New Artist. How was that night? Today, is it more difficult for a rock artist to get an award like that?
M. Shadows – In those days, winning was very important to us. Today, playing at a festival with Iron Maiden and Metallica means more to me than any winning on MTV. Before, the rock had the strength that pop music is today. We have to keep doing what we do, no matter what is on the charts. Fads come and go.

G1 – All the band members use stage names. Why do you choose nicknames?
M. Shadows – [Laughs] We were fans of musicians and several of them had nicknames such as Slash, for example. We were very young, we have different names and hence the idea caught on. It’s something fun, part of the rock universe … Write and play is the priority, of course. Let’s getting old and less care about the image that the band has.

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17 Comments so far
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Just saying… I am a pop music nerd that buys Avenged Sevenfold albums.

Comment by deathbatnews

You are not the only one, Avenged mixed with Brittney Spears…….my Ipod has a very diverse collection of music.

Comment by Melinda S

My favorite band after A7X is Coldplay. Good to have an open ear.

Comment by Lou83

Same!! I actually thank a7x for being so diverse, it made me want to branch out to other things as well.

Comment by RobertN

now It’s good! xD

Comment by Wesley Carlos

How embarrassing! Causality of watching Mean Girls while updating, I guess. Haha.

Comment by deathbatnews

hahahahaha no problem! xD

Comment by Wesley Carlos

Duh, sometimes it gets me pissed the way interviewers always do the same question, though the setlist question was useful… I know that are some people who don’t always read their interviews like I do, but I imagine how they get tired of answering the same boring questions… Anyway, ROCK IN RIO! “Eu vou!” (I’ll be there)

Comment by Ana Sofia Lucchesi

Well they don’t get interviewed by the same person, and i don’t think a journalist reads all the interviews of other magazines/sites.

Comment by Marc

ive always wondered..IF arin joins the band (or is allowed to be a fulltime part) will he get a stage name…?

Comment by Anonymous

Man, it’s awesome how you can read this and see that they really are growing up.
The part where he talks about them not caring so much about winning awards and what the image of their band is. All they really care about is making awesome music and that’s why they’re so cool

Comment by pinkyandthesheep

I’m so happy that they’ll come to Brazil next year, but sadly I probably won’t be able to go to Rock in Rio. :/
That would be so nice if they made shows in another cities… I would go for sure if they went to Porto Alegre or Curitiba!

Comment by Isabella

My favorite band after a7x that isn’t a metal band is definetly coldplay :) I listen to almost anything,as long as it sounds good in my ears :) Not a fan of JB and 1D and such.. :D

Comment by poffi

Brasil tá te esperando, seus lindos! <3

Comment by Alessandra

I love all types of music with great melody, aside from Thrash Metal that just has to have that vibe to move me. I guess I’m more to the metal side of things, but I admire this bands songwriting and musicianship so much. That’s why I’m here.

Comment by Yohan

oh how i thank a7x. my band wouldn’t sound anything like they do without them

Comment by Anonymous

for me,The Rolling Stones,GNR,Metallica is Great,but A7X is legend

Comment by Yusuf Bahtiar




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