Zacky Vengeance spoke to the Irish Times about how Avenged Sevenfold managed to keep “The Stage” a secret, who came up with the album concept(s), Neil deGrasse Tyson’s cameo, being known as “the rhythm man” to Synyster Gates’ being lead, Gates being considered one of the best guitar players in the world right now, the band being friends first and foremost, the “Best of 2005-2013” greatest hits album and Donald Trump.
Most fans see you as the rhythm man and Synyster Gates as the lead man in Avenged Sevenfold. Is that a fair assessment?
Yes I think that’s a fair assessment. I do play a lot of duelling leads along with him. My comfort zone is playing back in the pocket, playing rhythm. I take great pride in keeping up with a lot of what he is able to do. He is an incredible guitar player. I have never had the ambition to solo.
I don’t care about it. It is a funny thing because he (Gates) is a trained musician. I’m a kind of a punk-rock kid who has never taken a lesson. That’s what makes our band dynamic so interesting.
I love guitarists such as Slash and Dimebag from Pantera. What they do is incredible, but I’d rather remain a fan of those guys rather than try to be up there keeping up with them. I’m very happy with what I do.
As an American, how do the words ‘President Donald Trump’ sound to you?
It’s a very scary phrase. Time will tell, but all I can hope for is that Americans and people across the entire world, aside from whoever is the president, do right by each other. Because, at the end of the day, all my relationships here with people from all places of the world, only I can influence those today and tomorrow. It is really up to me. That guy (Trump) can do what he pleases, but as long as the majority of people stick together and try and be good people to each other, then I think all of that will be irrelevant.