Arin Ilejay talked to Alton, IL’s The Telegraph about how it will be touring with alongside Korn on this Summer’s Mayhem Festival, the show they’ll be bringing to fans and their set list. Brian “Head” Welch (Korn) also spoke about being “guided” by Avenged Sevenfold.
“I really like the bands and really excited to tour with Korn,” said Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Arin Ilejay during a recent interview with The Telegraph. “Since Soundwave Festival in Australia we got to know the guys. It’s really awesome. As a kid, listening to Korn, it’s like, ‘No way dude, I’m actually friends with these guys.’”
Yet Korn’s guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, who left the band nearly 10 years ago in 2005, defers to Avenged Sevenfold as the mentors to today’s metal musicians.
“I think Avenged is guiding us now because they’re huge,” Welch said in a separate interview with The Telegraph. “It’s cool they got respect for us, now (we’re ) just one that influenced them and be looked up to like that. It encourages me to know we helped make them think, ‘Maybe I could do this thing for a living.’ So we don’t mentor, they’re going on their own and killing it.”
“We are bringing the craziest show, we’re bringing so much and blowing things up. This is definitely a city we’re looking forward to playing,” he said about St. Louis, where the festival takes place at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, Mo. “We’re constantly driving from city to city now and in the U.S. right now. We’re touring a lot, so we’re already kind of on fire.”
Avenged Sevenfold has mainly been considered by music critics as heavy metal, hard rock and metalcore, which is a fusion of extreme metal and hardcore punk. They also are known for their album cover’s and T-shirt’s dramatic imagery. They have released six studio albums, one live album/compilation/DVD, and eighteen singles and sold more than 8 million albums worldwide.
“We’re constantly thinking, ‘What’s going to be best for this city?’,” Ilejay said about their body of work. “We don’t want to give exactly what we’ve performed in the past, especially now having this many albums to choose from. We know fans have to hear ‘Afterlife’ or ‘Critical Acclaim,’ and do our best to give them their desired stuff, but we will have a lot of ‘Hail to the King,’ especially live, it changes it, heightens it. The band put a lot of work into it. You see it come to life and lived out on stage.”