M. Shadows talked about the diversity of the “End of the World Tour” and Avenged Sevenfold’s overseas shows with Revolver.
WERE YOU A LITTLE BIT INTIMIDATED ABOUT MEETING [PROPHETS OF RAGE] FOR THE FIRST TIME?
I wouldn’t say intimidated — I just don’t know enough about them. We’ve met bands that are older than us and, you know, they just hate us; they don’t want a new band coming around, they don’t want to deal with it. [Laughs] And I didn’t get that vibe at all from them. I got the vibe that they know who we are, they know what we bring to the table, and they know we know who they are and what they bring to the table. We’re both just super excited about putting on a huge, festival-like environment with our two bands, Three Days Grace and Ho9909. And it makes me excited that they’re excited.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER BANDS ON THE TOUR, THREE DAYS GRACE AND HO9909 — WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BRING THEM ALONG?
Well, we took Ho9909 out on a mini-tour we did with A Day to Remember recently, and the confused look on our fans’ faces was so priceless, we decided we had to bring them out again. [Laughs] These guys are out there going crazy and screaming in peoples’ faces, and it’s very abrasive, but I love that! Three Days Grace, that’s a band that we went out with on Uproar a few years back, and they were just such sweet guys. We saw them on this last tour we did with Breaking Benjamin. The drummer came out to the show, and we just hung out and drank some whiskey with him. And we were like, “Yeah, let’s bring those guys out!”