Billboard recently spoke with M Shadows for a lengthy article about the bands brand new stage production, plans after touring, a fourth single and much more.
The group has a new stage set that includes a 17-by-40-foot version of its “death bat” logo “that catches on fire and shots flames and all sorts of fun stuff. Our drummer (Arin Ilejay) is gonna be playing inside the mouth of it. It’s a very sort of Spinal Tap, over-the-top metal-looking show.”
The group is also favoring an unedited version of “Buried Alive” as the album’s fourth single, although it may wait until after the Uproar tour when it can get a director — “Not necessarily a video guy but more of a movie guy,” according to Shadows — to make a video. The group reached out to Rob Zombie, but he’s too busy with his next feature film, “The Lords of Salem.”
Also on Avenged Sevenfold’s future agenda is the status of the drum chair, vacated after the December 2009 death of James “The Rev” Sullivan and temporarily filled by ex-Dream Theater member Mike Portnoy before Ilejay took over at the beginning of the year. “(Ilejay) is great,” Shadows says. “He’s 23 now, and the first show he played was in front of 16,000 people, and from there we went to Rock Am Ring, 80 or 90,000 people in Germany. As far as personality and his playing, he’s our guy, but we haven’t been able to write a record with him yet. So we want to make sure for his good and for our good that he can write with us and bring something to the creative and be comfortable in the situation. We’re just trying to work towards that, and hopefully everything works out ’cause we love the guy.”