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Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows On Linkin Park: “They Have Every Right To Move Forward”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 23 November 2017 at 10.55

"It would just be a shame if they stopped making music altogether."

Avenged Sevenfold's
M. Shadows has appeared on the Eddie Trunk Podcast.

As well as chatting about life on the road and the band's latest album 'The Stage', he was asked about his involvement in the Chester Bennington tribute show and his relationship with Linkin Park.

"I didn't know Chester very well. I knew him kind of fleetingly I guess. I'm really good friends with Mike Shinoda and Dave [Farrell, bassist]. Me and Mike hang out every summer when Coachella happens. He actually played me [One More Light] before it came out. It was pretty haunting at the time even hearing Chester's demos. For this to all happen is heartbreaking. Mike realises we have been through the same sort of thing even though The Rev wasn't a suicide. It's still losing a friend at such an early age. It's insane."

He was then questioned on what he thinks the band will do next. 

"I think they are human beings and have a long life to live and I think that if they love music this much they have every right to move forward. Knowing Mike as well as I do, he has always been, in my opinion, the leader of that band. He's the guy who gets things going. He's the guy who gets the demos going. The guy who is obsessive over every detail of that band.

It's going to be hard losing Chester. He was easily one of the best vocals of our time. From when I was growing up and watching them live he was flawless for what he did. It's going to be tough but Mike is such a hard worker and he's so dedicated to that band and puts so much time in that I can't see him just being done with it.

There's no blueprint to life. These guys are all great dudes and I think the fans just need to give them time to recoup. They will know what feels right and what feels wrong. It would just be a shame if they stopped making music altogether. I don't know if it's under a different name or if they keep the Linkin Park name.

Mike is the driving force in that band. He is meticulous. He obsesses over everything from the label to the producer that they're using to the beats that they're doing to the type of songs they are going to write. I just can't see him letting that go. I don't think it's possible and I think it would be a shame if he did."

Check out the whole podcast HERE

You can watch the full Chester Bennington tribute show below:

Avenged Sevenfold's latest album 'The Stage' is out now via Capitol Records. 

Here's the title track:


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