Synyster Gates Talks Chops and A7X's New 'Nightmare'
Asked to cite examples of guitarists who mine that perfect combination of style and substance, Gates points to players like Slash and Joe Perry, with whom he shares the cover of this issue of Guitar World. “Joe has never written a bad solo, in my opinion,” he says. “He’s a brilliant player, and he looks good doing it. And when I was growing up, Slash was the guy, for sure. The hat, the guitar, the ‘November Rain’ video where he’s standing on the piano ripping that solo—he’s the whole package. And I still consider him the best melodic player of all time.”
In Gates’ opinion, it is melody above all else that is key to a good guitar solo. “That’s the number-one thing,” he says. “Even if it’s fast, it’s gotta be tasteful. You want to blow kids’ minds, but you also want what you’re playing to sound good to their ears.”
Avenged Sevenfold are currently gearing up to blow minds on this summer’s inaugural Rockstar Uproar tour, which they’re coheadlining with Disturbed. Though he’s hesitant to give away any specific details about their stage show, Gates assures that, in true Avenged Sevenfold style, their set will be a spectacle. “All I can say is it’s just fucking nutty. It’s like a completely different world. There’s a lot of fire. There’s a lot of staging. It’s gonna horrify parents, and kids are gonna fucking love it.” He laughs. “I always hate it when people say, ‘This has never been done before,’ but I’ve been searching around online, and so far I haven’t seen any other band that’s done some of this shit.”
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