AVENGED SEVENFOLD Singer On New Drummer: ‘As Far As Personality And His Playing, He’s Our Guy’

Gary Graff of Billboard.com recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the band’s plan to take a break after it finishes touring to promote its fifth studio album, “Nightmare”:

“We’ve always taken a long time [between albums], and everyone’s told us we’re stupid for doing that. But I think bands burn themselves out. Look what happened to DISTURBED; those are good friends of ours, and you just get caught up in the do a record, tour for two years, do a record, tour for two years…We’re very cautious of making sure that everybody has their time. We need to go home…and make sure everybody’s mentally in the right spot to do a new record.”

“We all hang out with each other. Me and [guitarist Synyster] Gates are married to twin sisters and they’re best friends, so it’s a total family thing we have going on. And I have a studio in my house. So does [Gates]. So we’ll hang out and lay some stuff down and joke around with it, and eventually it turns into something for the band — which is a much healthier way to do it instead of putting a lot of stress on ourselves to meet a deadline or something.”

On AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s new drummer, Arin Ilejay:

“[Ilejay] is great. He’s 23 now, and the first show he played was in front of 16,000 people, and from there we went to Rock Am Ring, 80 or 90,000 people in Germany. As far as personality and his playing, he’s our guy, but we haven’t been able to write a record with him yet. So we want to make sure for his good and for our good that he can write with us and bring something to the creative and be comfortable in the situation. We’re just trying to work towards that, and hopefully everything works out ’cause we love the guy.”

Read the entire interview from Billboard.com.


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