While in the UK on “The Stage World Tour,” Brooks Wackerman spoke to Music Radar about starting a new chapter in his career with Avenged Sevenfold, how his early experiences playing heavier music prepared him for joining the band, his approach to creative his parts, some of his gear and more.
Brooks ponders being a full-time member of Avenged Sevenfold, and how personally significant it is to have a place to lay his sticks long-term.
“I’ve done some big tours. I sat in for Travis on the Blink tour in Australia [in 2013] and I’ve done some really big Tenacious D tours with huge productions, but I’ve never been on a tour where I’m a band member and I have creative input. To me it means a lot more and I value it more because I’m part of a record that I’ve put my heart and soul into. I love that on day one I was a part of what we’re promoting right now. We went through a lot of steps to get here. Everyone in this band takes their instrument very seriously, and they all can play so that inspires me to want to do a better job every night. It’s definitely a musician’s band which is something I’ve been craving.”