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M. Shadows Talks A7X's Surprise Album Release, Playing Atop Capitol Building

So…Avenged Sevenfold have been rather boring lately, right?!

Obviously, we’re kidding, but in the aftermath of the band’s surprise release of their seventh studio album The Stage and their massive live stream performance from the top of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, it’s always nice to touch base to see how everyone is dealing with the whirlwind.

WRIF’s Meltdown had a chance to check in with singer M. Shadows, who explained why A7X decided to go with a surprise release:

M. Shadows Talks A7X's Surprise Album Release, Playing Atop Capitol Building

“I think if we would’ve gone with a traditional release, I think it would’ve been a lot easier, because we saw what the numbers would if we released traditionally.   But it’s not about that to us anymore.  For us, it’s about really engaging the fans and doing different things…We’re just trying to change the narrative on rock music. We don’t care if you stream the record; we don’t care how you get it.  We don’t care if you’re on Apple Music or if you buy the CD…It’s going to be 2017, and the industry is changing, and we don’t want to be stuck in the past.”

 

As for the Capitol performance, that’s definitely been one of A7X’s biggest “holy sh*t!” moments of their career:

M. Shadows Talks A7X's Surprise Album Release, Playing Atop Capitol Building

“I think the Capitol Records thing might have been it.  It’s just so classic with [The Beach Boys’] ‘Pet Sounds’ on Capitol and ‘Sgt. Pepper’s [Lonely Hearts Club Band]’ from The Beatles.  Just the hum of that music.  You walk through there and all the [Frank] Sinatra pictures on the wall.  And then we’re being taken to the roof to play on to of a huge Deathbat flag flying over Los Angeles and Hollywood.  It was pretty surreal.”

 

For a list of where you can stream The Stage, head over to CapitolRecords.com.

To listen to this interview in its entirety, go to WRIF.com.

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.