Brooks Wackerman spoke to Metal Hammer about how he became the new drummer of Avenged Sevenfold.
“Last year after they finished the Mayhem tour I heard they were looking for a new drummer,” he tells us, “and, by all accounts my name was thrown into the hat to be in the band. One day I received a call from Matt [Shadows, A7X frontman] asking me if I wanted to go out to dinner, and so we met up and talked about music and the future and what we both wanted to do in our careers. And we just hit it off. They’ve been a band that I’ve admired throughout my career, and so to get the chance to work with them up close and personal is really a tremendous honour for me.”
And having scored the drum stool of one of the biggest bands in the world of metal, a job that Brooks himself describes as “exactly the sort of challenge that I’ve always wanted in my career”, you’d be forgiven for thinking that his first act upon being an official member of Avenged Sevenfold would be to go out and celebrate in as wild and crazy a way as possible. Not so.