M. Shadows Shares The Gigs That Changed His Life With Kerrang!. - Avenged Sevenfold

M. Shadows Shares The Gigs That Changed His Life With Kerrang!.

M. Shadows shared the gigs that changed his life with Kerrang! magazine.

THE FIRST SHOW I EVER WENT TO AS A FAN…
“The first ‘big’ band I ever saw was Reel Big Fish. Me and [late A7X drummer] The Rev went when we were kids – Jimmy’s dad took us, and he’d bring a book and sit in the corner. And we would mosh while everyone else was skanking, because we thought that was what you were supposed to do (laughs). We went to a ton of punk-rock shows growing up – it totally influenced us. We were little metalheads already playing music at that point, and if you listen to our music there’s so much stuff we throw in there – it’s obviously because we grew up in Southern California, where the ska scene was very close to the metal scene… All that stuff was welcomed under the same umbrella.”

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THE GIG WHEN I FIRST FELT LIKE AVENGED WERE ONTO SOMETHING SPECIAL…
“We were playing the Showcase Theater [in Corona, California, in December 2001], and it was sold out. At the time, if you had asked me how many people were there at that show, I probably would have said 900 – but it only holds, like, 300 people! But it just felt so huge; that’s where I grew up going to shows. When we were able to play there a few years later, it was like, ‘This is going to be fucking awesome!’ But we didn’t even get paid – we sold the place out and the guy gave us pizza as a payment (laughs). But we were just like, ‘Cool, we’ve got pizza and beer – we’re going to be huge, man!’”