A New Avenged Sevenfold Live DVD, Touring Japan, Orion Music Festival And More With M Shadows. - Avenged Sevenfold

A New Avenged Sevenfold Live DVD, Touring Japan, Orion Music Festival And More With M Shadows.

In the new issue of Kerrang! Magazine you can read through a great review of Avenged Sevenfold’s Kawasaki, Japan show and the biggest news to come out of the article is the fact that Avenged Sevenfold will be releasing a new live DVD. There’s also a short questionnaire with M Shadows where talks more about the DVD, touring Japan and the Orion Music + More Festival. Cheryl from Devil Bear Rock was kind enough to send me photos of the article so I went ahead and wrote it up to share with y’all.

As such, there’s a jubilant atmosphere here tonight as A7X tear through their 12-song set – one filmed for an upcoming DVD – kicking off with Nightmare. “Thank you for having us in your beautiful country,” shouts M Shadows before later calling the baying crowd to arms, “You guys ready to make this DVD look crazy as fuck?” And so Club Citta is just one big circle pit. “Japan is representing on the DVD, I can’t wait! Let’s just film the mosh pit.” It is quite a sight.

What can you tell us about your new DVD?
 M Shadows: “We’re trying to film everywhere besides the United States. We just did Europe last summer with Rafa – who did our first DVD, Live In The LBC, with – and now we want to do Asia and South America. We’re going to release something that represents everybody!”

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What can you tell us about your new DVD?
– “We’re trying to film everywhere besides the United States. We just did Europe last summer with Rafa – who did our first DVD, Live In The LBC, with – and now we want to do Asia and South America. We’re going to release something that represents everybody!”

What are your favorite memories of touring in Japan?
– “First time we came here, we got to play Summer Sonic twice in a row in front of a full stadium. It was insane, we left backstage and there were kids chasing us. Oh, and we got to ride on the bullet train with Ozzy. That was awesome.”

How excited are you about playing Metallica’s U.S. Orion Festival in June?
– “It’ll be fun man! Nothing’s funnier than when Lars gives you a call – he talked about his kids, this and that and then said, “Let’s do this festival!” You don’t really tell him no! It’s good for us to get off our butts and do something!”

Avenged Sevenfold’s M Shadows has been making the most out of Japanese hospitality. “My favorite thing to do here is eat sushi,” he told K! after the band’s Kawasaki show. “The biggest difference is the rice – it melts in your mouth!” Must be the altitude.

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In the studio, right? Given that it’s nearly been a year since Avenged Sevenfold bid farewell to a heaving Download crowd last summer, surely they have their heads down recording new songs? Wrong. After four months of rest, they’re back on the road, starting a tour here in Kawasaki, Japan, that will eventually see them surging through Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates and and culminating in two dates supporting Metallica for their Orion Music Festival in New Jersey. Far from the seclusion of studio life, A7X are tearing things up on the other side of the world.

Tonight is sold-out, of course. Hardcore fans have been queuing since the early hours and the atmosphere is electric. Super-fan Maliko Sato is one of them, and she explains why. “This is the very first show in [Kawasaki] since The Rev passed away,” she says. “It means a lot to us that they’re here.” As such, there’s a jubilant atmosphere here tonight as A7X tear through their 12-song set – one filmed for an upcoming DVD – kicking off with Nightmare. “Thank you for having us in your beautiful country,” shouts M Shadows before later calling the baying crowd to arms, “You guys ready to make this DVD look crazy as fuck?” And so Club Citta is just one big circle pit. “Japan is representing on the DVD, I can’t wait! Let’s just film the mosh pit.” It is quite a sight.

Perhaps it’s because they’re filming a DVD, maybe he’s just happy to be playing again, but M Shadow is on fire tonight. Throughout he constantly jokes, even getting Zacky Vengeance to say “Arigatou Gozaimasu (Thank You)” and Synyster Gates to say “Konnickiwa (Hello).” Which is a better deal than bassist Johnny Christ gets – He’s forced to wear a pair of novelty ears thrown on stage (“You’re a beautiful princess”). With this kind of spirit delivered at the same time as anthems like Almost Easy, the night isn’t just a normal A7X show, it’s a party.

That said, the celebration does subside six songs in when they play So Far Away. “We’re going to play a song for our dear friend, your dear friend – The Rev,” Shadows says, somberly. “This goes out to our brother upstairs.” Just before the song hits its mournful conclusion, Shadows continues his reflection. “He always loved coming here, I can’t help but think of all the great things we had in Japan when he was around. I want to thank you guys,” It’s a perfect tribute.

Still, the show must go on and things only get wilder. From there they take in incendiary runs through Beast And THe Harlot and A Little Piece Of Heaven and, via a quick trip to Bat County, arrive at an encore of Fiction and Unholy Confessions. Suddenly, it’s clear why they’re taking theta time to start the next chapter of their career – it’s because this one is still reaching new heights.