Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows Responds to Robb Flynn ‘Diss’
Machine Head's Robb Flynn recently posted a funny online "riff" on Avenged Sevenfold's No. 1-charting 'Hail to the King' album on his blog, calling the album a "covers" release and accusing it of being "jackery" while copying other bands. The rant could have been viewed as a major diss or as Flynn having a little fun at A7X's expense. Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows saw the posting and revealed how he felt about it.
As it turns out, Shadows was not offended. In fact, he took it as the joke it was probably meant to be.
In a chat with Amy Volume at Ottawa radio station 106.9 The Bear, Shadows revealed that Fozzy singer Chris Jericho, pointed it out to him. "He's, like, 'Dude, look at this B.S.' [He was] going crazy. And I was, like, 'Ah, Chris, I love you.' But I read it, and I read it as a joke. I have met Robb on numerous occasions and he's always been cool to me. And I just read it as a joke."
The singer continued, "I really don't know what to say about it other than I agree with him on the 'Sad But True' thing -- that was obviously an inspiration for that song. Everything else, I kind of think he … If it is a joke, it was kind of overboard, 'cause it doesn't make sense in my mind. But at the same time, he was saying it was a joke, so … "
While the radio host said that being No. 1 puts a big target on the band's back and makes their peers jealous, which is why she thought Flynn launched into his tirade, Shadows remained diplomatic, saying, "I have no ill will towards those guys. I've met [guitarist] Phil [Demmel] a couple of times; he's cool. Robb is cool. And I think the guy has the right to go make … if it's really a joke, in his mind. Some people might see it as being as an underhanded … joke. But, to me, if he just wants to go in there and write whatever he wants, I think that's totally cool. Everyone has an opinion and everyone should be entitled to say whatever they want. So it's no skin off our backs."
That was an incredibly classy response to what was meant as a joke!
Listen to M. Shadows Discuss Robb Flynn 'Diss' on the Radio