And seeing them play — I just love hearing those songs. ", How Deftones Pulled Together After Trauma, Tragedy to Make 'Koi No Yokan'. WHAT DRIVES YOU TO CONTINUE PLAYING, AND WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT INFLUENCES IN MUSIC AND IN LIFE?
 I had my wife there, and we went on a safari. I'm infatuated by that world. In his My Year 2020 interview, M. Shadows opens up about the Black Lives Matter movement, the lessons he learned this year, and how the new Avenged … Matt was reduced to "M" becaus… or whatever, but it is what it is. We had done all our growing up together. So I'll sit back with a glass of wine and watch YouTube for an hour before I go to bed. Sign up to get the latest from Revolver, straight to your inbox. But other than that, dude, I'm 22 years old, just like the rest of you guys! If it sucks, throw it out and shut your mouth. Just in terms of being out for long periods of time, I can't have it. "And anyway, it couldn't be worse than the interview I did earlier today," jokes Ulrich, as Revolver's tape begins to roll. We're all just music fans, and the reason we do what we do is because we love music. And in the moment, that's what it was, and that's what it needed to be. Though Shadows is a little nervous about interrogating his heroes for the magazine — "If you don't want to answer any of these questions, I won't be offended," he tells them at the start of the interview — Hetfield and Ulrich are never less than friendly and candid when talking about everything from Metallica's album-in-progress to the joys of watching their children play together. Metal was just what I liked to listen to most.”, “When we first started we just wanted irritate people. We got together to play music and have fun and sweat and drink beers and whatever — and then two years later, we had a record. They all seem like they take a little too long, to me. [Laughs] Or when I'm driving them to soccer practices or taekwondo — when you're living your life, none of that shit kind of enters the radar. Drummer change and The Stage (2015–2017) It's not like, "Now I've gotta go battle James Hetfield all day," you know what I mean? HETFIELD Anything we'd change in our career? Waking the Fallen: Resurrected was released August 25, 2014. Thank you for signing up to Metal Hammer. Sign up below to get the latest from Metal Hammer, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! They’re just songs. Like James says, it's also helped us in our relationship, because our kids are exactly the same age. Matt was born on July 31, 1981, in Fountain Valley, California. Michelle Pfeiffer, Actress: Hairspray. "To do this tour, let alone singing onstage with Metallica in Berlin, it's something you can't even imagine when you're just starting out in a garage," says Shadows. [Laughs] YOU'VE SAID THAT THE LYRICS TO "MAD HATTER" WERE INSPIRED BY THE STORY OF JOHN B. McLEMORE ON THE S-TOWN PODCAST. Louder is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. The rest is history, but that was really nutty. You have to live it to figure it out. There's a lot of untapped stuff, and we don't know where we can go until we try. We have a lot of differences — the things we share are Metallica and family. Nobody knows what I think, they don’t know me and they never will.”, “You can’t be in a band like this and be a reclusive, sit in the corner guy. Why Vinyl Collectors Are Dropping Bank on... See Avenged Sevenfold Join NOFX in Fun New... Marilyn Manson's 'Antichrist Superstar': 8 Insane Stories, Why Vinyl Collectors Are Dropping Bank on Metallica's 'S&M2', Poppy: First Solo Female Metal Grammy Nominee Is Out to Smash More Boundaries, How Lamb of God Came Back After Randy Blythe's Arrest and Imprisonment, Florida Death Metal's Gory Rise, Groundbreaking Reign: The Definitive Oral History, Slipknot's '.5: The Gray Chapter': How Death, Trauma Shaped Comeback LP, Drugs, Death, Chaos, Contradiction: Inside Dillinger's 'One of Us Is the Killer', Killswitch Engage: Inside Jesse Leach's Return, Making of 'Disarm the Descent', Killswitch Engage 'Incarnate': Metalcore Rebels Face Dark Side, Fight Inner War, Dave Grohl Interviews Mastodon: "Have You All Ever Taken Acid Together? [Laughs] And that fat chick on the motorcycle — boom!
. That's fun. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THAT PODCAST IN GENERAL, AND TO McLEMORE'S … Back then, it was about staying on the road as long as possible — like, "I don't wanna go home! Just taking old rust and bringing it to life again — kind of giving it a second chance. So we've got kind of a kinship that way. This is what he’s learned over the last 21 years. [Laughs] It's really a big metaphor for my life, you know? All rights reserved. The fact that we don't know our potential, and we're still striving for that ultimate thing — "never satisfied" is both a curse and a blessing, you know? You know, cutting into a car — there's just an intense feeling about that. HETFIELD I would agree. M. Shadows is the lead vocalist for Avenged Sevenfold. The longest to create? You will receive a verification email shortly. [LAUGHS]
 This story was originally published in August 2005. WHICH ALBUM ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? You can't even put it into words.". HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT — AND IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR CAREER IF YOU COULD GO BACK?
 In an interview, Shadows says that he chose his stage name because he thought of himself as "the darker character in the group". Now seven albums into their career, they’ve become one of metal’s biggest modern day success stories. In October, the band had announced their decision to delay the follow-up to 2016's The Stage.. During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Shadows was asked whether the decision to delay the release of the new album was unanimous or not. [Laughs], HETFIELD Yeah, I've watched Danzig get knocked down about 1,500 times! I went out and bought
the entire back catalogue. You're gonna live together, so you've got to get along." That's pretty much it. Subscribe now for more That Metal Show: https://www.youtube.com/c/thatmetalshowWatch a backstage interview with M. Shadows from That Metal Show. That ended up overshadowing everything else. Get all the details on M. Shadows, watch interviews and videos, and see what else Bing knows Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows Interviews Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. You asked about life on the road, and obviously the days of two-year, never-ending tours and drunken blitzes and endless strip clubs and hookers and all that shit — it's a different thing. It's like, am I sure I know what I'm doing? [Laughs] But envisioning what could be and making a unique car — you drive your kids to school in a '52 Olds, and it's this bright-green thing called the Grinch, and your kids hop out of it and all the moms are like, "Oh, my God," and all the other kids are going, "Cool!" This story was originally published in August 2005. He is currently married to Valary Sanders (formerly DiBenedetto). You know, there were some scary parts and ugly parts, just like any other place, but some really amazing great parts, too. HETFIELD Yeah, creating things that aren't popped out of a factory — it's like, Make the car that should have been. WHICH ALBUM TOOK YOU THE LONGEST TO COMPLETE?
 Seriously! I find I scramble for "Lars time." And we get there, and they'd just got off. He’s not there. You guys put out music that inspires us, and I appreciate the love we get from all of you guys, from Trivium, from Bullet for My Valentine — everybody. A lot of that comes from losing Jimmy, and from going through some things. Everyone knows not to get offended when we go into the writing process because if something sucks, we’re not going to beat around the bush and doodle on your riff for three days. We had fog machines and intros and all that stuff just to piss people off. Bath HETFIELD Well, St. Anger obviously took years for other reasons, you know? You have to make mistakes. He was a firecracker ready to go off. And now it's like, two or three weeks max, and you've gotta get back and deal [with reality]. HETFIELD I wasn't really close with Layne, but I remember going to see Alice in Chains many times. 10 on the US Billboard 200. We were just friends fucking around I guess. [Laughs] So, right now is it, and I want it to soak in right now. That’s a dose of reality that a lot of people don’t ever have to deal with.”, “Singing the lyrics Jimmy wrote for Nightmare before he died was almost the worst thing I’ve ever gone through. That’s the important stuff.”. It goes back to one particular day when I was a kid. Even better, frontman M. Shadows is on the mend from a viral infection that rendered him unable to sing and forced the cancelation of a summer tour with Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace. The Rev always played drums I suppose but we were mostly into sports. You realise he’s not there to be with you, it’s much harder to deal with than just recording it.”, “When you lose your best friend, you get a little older. Interviews \ NOFX’s Fat Mike on His Sobriety, Sexuality: ‘I Think I Came Out of the Closet Even More’ ... NOFX Share ‘Linewleum’ Video Featuring M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold Now seven albums into their career, they’ve become one of metal’s biggest modern day success stories. As you can see, there's no psychiatrists around — there's not all this bullshit going on. For a diehard Metallica fan like Shadows, it's the kind of experience that makes you pinch yourself to see if you're hallucinating. But when I've put the kids to sleep and I've got an hour of Lars time, I'll just sit and find some Sonny Boy Williamson or old Sam Kinison on YouTube. HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE FOR YOU, AND HOW CLOSE WERE YOU WITH LAYNE?
 That was the biggest mind-fuck of all of them. What we went through happens to other people every day. [Laughs]
, ULRICH Yeah, it used to be Metallica, and now it's family and Metallica. ULRICH I don't think I would ever change anything, and I'm proud because everything that we've done has always been in the moment, and it's always been the best that it could be, the best that we could make it at that moment. We had spent 18 years with him. HETFIELD [Laughs] The next one, and the next one. All the shows we were playing were hardcore shows and those people get so upset about anything. That doesn't mean that gigs will always be there for us, either, but there's a priority there. They were so unique, so ahead of their time. For me, what-ifs can't exist. It was hard to sing that stuff; it was hard to finish the record. The reissue charted No. HOW WERE THE SOUTH AFRICAN FANS? [Laughs] But they all take long. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, … That’s how we work.”, “When Jimmy died, it was so final. And Justice for All ," remembers Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows. It's helped us plug into our history again and made us feel good about what we've done. "The video for … [Laughs]. Shannon The Dude of Louisville's rock station 95.7 QMF recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows.You can now listen to … M. Shadows joins Ryan J. Downey on the first ever episode of Speak N’ Destroy, a podcast about all things Metallica. I have to really be right now. Worse, it was someone so close. Copied to clipboard. M. SHADOWS: YOU GUYS RECENTLY WENT TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR THE FIRST TIME. 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I wanna fuckin' stay out here and get laid every night!" [Laughs] But it was really, really exciting and probably a very different experience because we're a little older. Twenty-five years ago, making a record, that was a big fucking deal! As far as the whole iconic thing, when I'm at home and I get up at 6:45 in the morning with my kids, and I'm making lunchboxes and fighting with them about what kind of cereal they want, I don't feel particularly iconic. HETFIELD Yeah, for sure. 13 talking about this. Band, meet family! We wanted to be larger than life. And I think what's really inspiring us right now is that we're all getting along, we're all really having fun. And bands like yourself are getting us to step up again and getting us to remember the roots where we came from. ULRICH I'd say for me, the biggest mind- fuck of all is the first one [1983's Kill 'Em All] because of the fact that we could actually make a record. Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows: “You want to put your stake in the ground and be on the right side of history” — Kerrang! By Gary Graff. He got me the tape, and I just flipped out. I've forgotten how solid all of the songs are on it, and it seems to be the album that inspired a lot of the younger kids that are out there. Tom Bryant 6/9/2017. It just kind of morphed into, ‘Hey, let’s rock out together’. Capetown is a beautiful city. Songs from way back take on a whole new meaning and inspire you in a whole new way — especially lyrically. I was walking to my Catholic school and I’d left my shoes somewhere so I had to wear these horrible penny-loafers. Backstage in Arnhem with Shadows, Hetfield and Ulrich, it becomes immediately clear to Revolver that, despite their difference in age, the Metallica guys have a healthy respect and admiration for the A7X singer, as well. I really went out of my way to wake up and check out the country itself. [Laughs]. Visit our corporate site. 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