Zacky Vengeance took on Metal Hammer’s “Famous Firsts” and talked about the first: single he ever bought, album he ever bought, show he went to, show he played and Avenged Sevenfold tour.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
“I saw The Monkees. My parents took me and I think I knew Daydream Believer, the Monkees’ theme song and that was it ha ha. I remember it being at minor league baseball stadium, and I don’t remember being too impressed. It sucks too ’cause of all the concerts I couldn’t gone to, going to see The Monkees fucking sucked. It’s cool to talk about now, but my dad went to see Black Sabbath’s first ever Los Angeles concert and my mom and dad went to every Zeppelin concert when they came through town… my parents were into rock back when it was fucking unbelievable. But they chose to take me to the fucking Monkees ha ha.”
How was the first Avenged Sevenfold tour?
“The very first tour was crazy. Everyone was packed into a van with all of the gear, the drives were way too long, playing shows in front of fucking nobody and showing up to places not getting paid fucking anything. But when you’re young, you’re crazy, you’re all packed in sleeping in a van, it’s pretty cool. The very first tour was with a band called From Autumn To Ashes and no-one knew who they were, no-one knew who we were, and they had travelled all the way from Long Island, New York, to the West Coast and stayed at Matt’s parents’ house. I think we bought a van to follow them because they had some tour dates booked and were like ‘Why don’t you just come with us?’. It was awesome.
“It was the first time we left California as a band so naturally as soon as you get out and head into the desert, you can buy all sorts of fireworks that are illegal, so we spent all of our food money on fireworks! We’d wait until someone in another band – or our own band – fell asleep, and we’d light off a bunch of illegal fireworks and shut the van doors. Or in hotel rooms. We were so lucky we didn’t kill anybody or burn down the hotels. We were so stupid, ha ha! That was about as much trouble as we could get into at that point ’cause we didn’t have any fans, there wasn’t anybody coming to the concerts, so we took out our frustrations trying to blow stuff up.”