M.Shadows explains why Avenged Sevenfold turned down opening for Metallica on U.S. tour

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Avenged Sevenfold singer M.Shadows, in a new interview with Audacy Check In, discussed the band’s experience of sharing the stage with Metallica during the U.S. tour six years ago.

M.Shadows said: “Well, that was definitely a little more uncomfortable, because you’re not in your setting and you’re in the daylight and you don’t have your toys with you and you’re playing a quick set. And you’re the opening band. So it’s a different thing. Because when you’re headlining, everybody’s in the palm of your hand before it even happens. When you’re opening for Metallica and the place is sort of like slowly filling up, half the venue’s full, you’re in the daylight getting hit by the sun, so you almost have to go to war. You might have some people in the pit that are into this, but there’s a lot of skeptical arms crossed, like, ‘I don’t like these new bands. I don’t want anything to do with this. I’m waiting for the real metal gods to show up.’ And so it’s really a lot more feeling like you’re going to war.”

M.Shadows explained that he and his bandmates initially turned down the opportunity to open for Metallica before accepting.

M.Shadows said: “We have only headlined for so long. And one of the things that we heard early in our career, and one thing we respected immensely about certain bands, is if you headline, people think of you as a headliner, and if you go and open for people constantly, they’ll always think of you as second fiddle. So the idea of opening and taking all the toys away, everything everyone had ever seen — my question to Lars Ulrich was, ‘I don’t think this is the right look for new people getting into Avenged Sevenfold. This isn’t where we’re at.’ But to a lot of mainstream people, it was, ‘Oh, you’re the band that opened for Metallica,’ which put us on a higher pedestal, which was weird to me. And so the conversation just went, ‘We’re not gonna do that.’ Then they would call our agent and offer more money, and we were, like, ‘We’re not gonna do that.’ Then it eventually became, like, ‘Okay, we’re gonna do that because we’d be idiots not to.’ But I still walked away from that tour extremely grateful but extremely, I think, right about taking that tour. It did put us in that weird position of, ‘You’re second fiddle to this.'”

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