M. Shadows was on the The Bob Lefsetz Podcast and talked about the status of Avenged Sevenfold’s new album, leaving Warner Records, releasing “The Stage” with Capitol Records and finishing their contract with Warner Records, what can a major label do for band’s like Avenged Sevenfold, the status of metal music in America, why he thinks the rock audience doesn’t stream music, the band’s mentality when making new music and wanting to challenge their audience, why he thinks their fans always stick with them, if he was always a techie, to what degree Avenged Sevenfold have or have not taken advantage of web2, why NFTs get a bad name, what web3 is, when he thought this venture would be a good opportunity for Avenged Sevenfold, their first NFT “Into The Ether,” how they approached Deathbats Club and getting fans ready for its release, the future of fractionalizing music publishing to fans, the benefits of owning a Deathbats Club NFT that includes getting into parties, a small tour they’ll be doing before the next record comes out where they’ll be playing small venues, partnerships with big merch brands and headset companies, a free airdropped avatar you can use in the metaverse, being part of the TRAX podcast, dedicated entrances and merch booths at shows, and more, bringing all of the “extras” like VIP packages, M&Gs, etc. in house via NFTs rather than having everything spread out via third party companies, the possibility of releasing other NFTS, providing utility never provided before and being able to personally control it, having the ability to reward the hardest working and most passionate fans, and much more. Listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsStitcheriHeart, and Amazon Music.