When Metallica called Avenged Sevenfold to open the summer North American leg of its WorldWired Tour, saying yes was a no-brainer. Or was it?
Frontman M. Shadows tells us A7X built a special stage for headline shows to promote its surprise-released 2016 album The Stage, which has toured overseas, and did take a minute to think about whether it should hit the road with Metallica or play its own shows:
"Lars called me a few times to talk about this. I said, 'Dude, we just spent, like, a million dollars on just building our stage and now we're getting this call? We haven't played one show yet (in the U.S.) and this is gonna have to sit in storage? But the more we thought about it, what rock bands besides AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, who gets to play in stadiums in 2017?...So for me it's one of those things where the positives outweigh the negatives by so much. Why not be part of the biggest rock tour of the summer and just make it awesome for the fans, and then we can go do our thing later."
A7X is, in fact, planning a headlining run in North America for 2018. The Metallica tour kicks off May 10 in Baltimore, with A7X on all dates and Volbeat and Gojira splitting the rest.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.