Midwest Music Scene conducted an interview (18:06-20:13) with James Cassells of Asking Alexandria at Metal Fest and touched on the subject of Avenged Sevenfold headlining Download Festival 2014, the good they’re doing for metal/rock music and the criticism they’ve received over “Hail To The King.” Back in August, Australia’s AHM Network caught up with AA’s Ben Bruce who commented that Synyster Gates is his guitar teacher.
Avenged Sevenfold’s headlining Download next year which is just crazy.
JC: Avenged Sevenfold… to start off they’re good friends of ours. We went on tour with them, they’re sweet dudes, awesome guys. They are stepping up, man. They’re going to the next level. They’re already a massive, massive band but they’re becoming the next Metallica, the next Iron Maiden. The next… a band that’s gonna go down in history.
A true big rock band. We haven’t had that in a long time.
JC: I know. That’s awesome. It’s so good how a true metal/rock act is getting to the point where it’s like, “You’re making this a mainstream thing. You’re becoming a household name.” And, that helped.. them doing that is helping every band that plays metal.
You’re playing Aftershock Festival in September in California and there are some big names on that tour like Korn and Megadeth. Who are you looking forward to hanging with most?
BB: Avenged Sevenfold are on that festival as well aren’t they? I’m looking forward to hanging with them because they’re such cool guys and we get on really well with them. Synyster Gates is actually my guitar teacher now, he makes videos and stuff for me so I can, y’know, learn how to play my instrument [laughs]. So I’m looking forward to that!
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