Arin Ilejay Talks To The Omaha World-Herald. - Avenged Sevenfold

Arin Ilejay Talks To The Omaha World-Herald.

Arin Ilejay talked to the Omaha World-Herald ahead of Avenged Sevenfold’s show in Omaha, NE. He spoke about close calls with pyro and their red-light/green-light system on stage, taking a year off before recording “Hail To The King,” how the band approach writing and the classic rock influence on the new album.

Q. How has the tour been going?
A. The shows keep getting better and better. On the stage, it’s way easier to play now. We have this new set, and we have to get comfortable with places to run. There’s a lot more fire and more danger on the set.

Q. Have there been any close calls?
A. Not quite. In the beginning, the guys wouldn’t come up near my drum set. Between me and the rest of the stage and the guys, there’s these grates on the ground that has fires shooting up like 10 feet in the air. They’re walls of fire. For a time, the guys didn’t even feel comfortable coming up near my drum set. They didn’t want to get toasted. We even have a red light-green light on the side of the stage. Red light means, “Don’t go up towards my kit.”