A7X: What’s It Like Opening for Metallica


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The members of Avenged Sevenfold discussed opening for Metallica on their ongoing tour, with frontman M. Shadows telling Team Rock:

“You totally have to rely on the music.

“We haven’t had to go out there and earn it in the daylight in front of a potentially hostile crowd in a long time, and it’s kind of fun to do.

“It’s fun to go out there and do the things that got us here in the first place, which is to work for it.

“We want to get in front of people and to make the non-believers believers, make them see that we can play and that we belong there.

“We definitely know we belong up there.”

Guitarist Syn Gates chimed in:

“It’s a humbling thing and it’s a different style of energy to go out there and get the fan rather than play to your fans.

“But it’s completely inspiring – it makes you realize you should never get comfortable, that there’s a long fucking road ahead, but that you should be enjoying this process as well as putting 110% of your heart and soul into everything.”

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