The band plays Sunday at AT&T Center with Deftones and Ghost B. First of all, tell me everything about playing at Rock in Rio, in Brazil. That’s one of those dreams young bands have: to play at Rock in Rio one day. I don’t usually get nervous for shows, but that was one that I really wanted to nail because I knew a lot of people would want to watch online and we have a strong fan base in Rio, so we wanted to kick ass that night.Do you think Avenged Sevenfold suffered from the “successful band syndrome”?
So we just wrote a story with a kind of vibe, 18th century, a crazy King who destroys his people. I have my own beliefs, but I don’t believe in any kind of religion that we have nowadays. We haven’t played there in a while and we’re very excited."These are the songs that totally shaped my life," he says."Some of them were things I first heard when I was a kid, and some of them I didn't get into until much later.Shadows and his bandmates paid tribute to some of their favorite artists on the expanded version of that was released in 2017, covering the disparate likes of Mr.Bungle, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Del Shannon.But Mike came with all these ideas and an ample knowledge of metal music. When Jimmy died he was with us all the time and we formed a friendship that is very valuable to this band. Who is “the King” you talk about in the last album? Human history has always shown us people who worship at the feet of people who lead us. (laughs) But for us, San Antonio is one of the metal capitals.