Johnny Christ and Zacky Vengeance recently discussed Avenged Sevenfold’s “Hail To The King” album art change, not taking their success for granted, the difference between touring in America and touring in England and more with Thrash Hits.
Let’s just assume – for argument’s sake – that Avenged Sevenfold will be headlining Download Festival 2014, how have they got this far? Having sold a million copies of 2005′s City Of Evil, Zacky Vengeance admits that they thought they “were going to be rich and the most famous band ever” but when they failed to sell enough tickets for their London Astoria show (they’d already played and sold out the venue previously), A7X got the necessary kick up the backside and at an all-too-important moment in their career.
“All of a sudden we came back and played for half as many people in the same place,” Zacky says, happily reflecting on a past failure. “These kids take their shit seriously. Bands that come up and die out quickly… they want something different and I respect the hell out of that. We went back and played a show at The 100 Club and started from the beginning because that’s what we deserved.”
It was an experience that changed the band’s mindset. They realised then, that they couldn’t take their success for granted.
“When other bands don’t want to put in the work or invest the money to get to certain places to put on the show that they need to do, we’ve been willing to say we’ll go play for fucking free if we’re able to put on our show,” Zacky explains, being careful not to alienate any peers. “We’ll do whatever we have to do and by any means necessary and, to be honest, if you want to be a heavy metal band that’s headlining festivals, you have to have proven to fanbases that you’re in it for the long haul.”