Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates Remembers First Gig: “I Turned Bright Orange-Green like an Oompa Loompa”
This summer, Avenged Sevenfold are headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and will release the new ‘Hail to the King: Deathbat’ mobile video game. In addition, they will also be dropping an expanded and long-overdue 10th-anniversary reissue of 2003’s Waking the Fallen, their second album, this August. ‘Waking the Fallen: Resurrected’ has 11 new tracks, a DVD, and revamped artwork.
While looking back to over a decade ago, guitarist Synyster Gates (pictured above, far right) recently shared his memories of his first Avenged Sevenfold gig.
“I remember the first show,” he says. “I really wasn’t nervous at all. The worst part about the first show wasn’t nerves, it was the fact I was going to paint my face–like a Wes Borland thing with a weird painted face the whole time. I don’t know why, that is horrifying. But once my face was painted, I quickly realized, a shiver went up my spine, that this was a really bad idea. I tried to take the paint off, but I turned bright orange-green like an Oompa Loompa and we couldn’t get it off. But I went up there, and that was the only thing I was embarrassed about–an odd tone to my skin color. It was pretty ridiculous.”