The Fans, Where It All Began, Darn Cows And More With M Shadows & USA Today. - Avenged Sevenfold

The Fans, Where It All Began, Darn Cows And More With M Shadows & USA Today.

Brian Mansfield from USA Today wrote an interesting article after speaking with front-man M Shadows about gearing up for Uproar, the new set list(s), The Rev & Arin Ilejay, allergic reactions and warming up.

Darn cows: Headlining arenas, though, can be difficult. In May, the group played a Texas venue the night after a rodeo. And Shadows is allergic to fur. “I felt terrible all day; I couldn’t figure out why my throat was closing up.” His allergic reaction led the band to shorten that night’s set and cancel its following show in Dallas. “I said, ‘If we play tonight, I’m going to blow my voice out. This is not worth canceling two dates; let’s cancel one and make it up.'”

Warming up:Before each concert, Shadows goes through a lengthy ritual involving Nightmare. “It’s the first song of the set, but I don’t want it to sound like it’s the first song of the set,” he says. “Three hours before the set, I’ll do a 30-minute warm-up. Then I rest for 30 minutes, then I’ll do a couple other things. Twenty minutes before, I’ll sing through Nightmare twice. Then we get pumped up, put the in-ears on, go out there and play some music.”

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