Synyster Gates was interviewed by The List and talked about The Stage World Tour, Brooks Wackerman, “The Stage” and the album’s roll-out.
A couple of months on, and The Stage World Tour has begun.’We’ve got a lot of shit going on,’ laughs guitarist Synyster Gates, on the tour’s elaborate set-up, which whisks thousands through the deepest corners of space, through their music videos and brings the astronaut from the album cover to (larger than) life. ‘It has been incredible. We wanted to do something really, really different, something next level and use new technology and things. We worked with really unique creative people [like those behind Cirque du Soleil] and tried to think as much outside of the box as we could.’
They’re all too aware that experimenting can go either way – you pull off something huge, or it fizzles away. Avenged found their greatest influence to push boundaries this time around in other genres. ‘We listen to a lot of hip hop,’ he explains. ‘They’re the ones that are trailblazing. It used to be rock, but it’s really turned to hip hop and they’re doing really unique and cool things, and we wanted to do that too.’
But for them to do new things, they needed a new drummer, and Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Suicidal Tendencies) was the perfect fit. ‘Besides him being an amazing dude and a consummate professional, he is, to me, the absolute best drummer in the world,’ praises Syn. ‘He wrote from a sense of composition for what the song called for. Then he has all the chops in the world. We didn’t really know that he had crazy feet, the fastest I’ve ever seen, as articulate as I’ve ever heard, and so we just utilised everything that he had.’