Avenged Sevenfold just wanna have fun with ever-expanding “The Stage” project, opening for Metallica

Credit: Jeff ForneyAvenged Sevenfold has been adding new songs to their album The Stage with the intention of turning it into a “living piece of art.” So far, they’ve shared a rendition of the Mexican folk song “Malaguena Salerosa,” and a cover of “Retrovertigo,” originally by experimental rockers Mr. Bungle.  Those songs have very little in common, but that was never the point of the project.

“We didn’t say, ‘Hey, we’re gonna pick a bunch of cover songs,’ or ‘we’re gonna write an original song that has to sound like this, because we’re a metal band, so we’re gonna cover some metal songs,'” guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells ABC Radio.

“We did the opposite,” he continues. “We just said, ‘We’re gonna have fun with these songs, and we’re gonna try different things.'”

Along with the ever-expanding The Stage project, Avenged Sevenfold is also busy on the road: they resume their tour with Metallica this Wednesday, July 5.  As with their approach to The Stage, the band’s strategy for opening for “one of the greatest, if not the greatest, hard rock/heavy metal band in history” is simply to have fun.

“We just said, ‘Hey, remember when you were 10 years old? If someone were to tell you you’re gonna go play in front of sold-out stadiums with Metallica…just go channel all that energy and go on stage,'” Vengeance says.

In between the Metallica dates, A7X is playing a batch of their own headlining shows, where they’ll be previewing the elaborate production they debuted in Europe earlier this year.

“It’s kinda like a sneak peek of some of the production stuff that we brought to the rest of the world and we would like to bring to the rest of the country,” says Vengeance.

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