Synyster Gates spoke to the Toronto Star about Avenged Sevenfold accepting the invitation to play the WorldWired Tour, “The Stage” being who they are, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s cameo on the album and always knowing that he wanted to be a musician.
“We just felt like that this package was incredible and we didn’t want to pass up this exciting opportunity to play with one of our favourite bands of all time — some great friends who have been so cool to us over the years. We’re honoured that we were the first consideration for it. So I guess there’s a small sacrifice, but I’m sure not feeling it. I’m having a blast!”
Gates calls The Stage “our most polarizing record” and draws a surprising comparison to a Weezer album.
“I kind of equate it to Pinkerton,” says Gates. “I’m a huge Weezer fan, and Pinkerton is just a crazy, crazy neurotic album. But it shows exactly what that band is about in my opinion and with The Stage, this is who we are. I can’t imagine doing anything cooler or better than what we did on The Stage, and felt like we’re firing on all cylinders.”