Asked about Metallica ripoff accusations the band's been getting for their latest effort "Hail to the King," Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ noted that the band was briefly contacted by Lars Ulrich, who gave the effort nothing but kudos. "We've never been shy to admit that Metallica has a huge influence in our lives and in our music," Christ told EMP Rock Invasion. "If we're compared to Metallica, the greatest metal band in the world, that's actually a pretty damn good compliment." The bassist was further asked about getting any feedback from metal titans themselves. "Yeah, absolutely," Johnny replied. "Lars reached out to Matt [Shadows] when the record first came out and debuted at No. 1, had nothing but good things to say about it. We've gotta be doing something right." During a separate BBC interview, Lars focused on a somewhat different matter - Metallica's upcoming tour dates and "by request" setlist the band intends to play, giving ticket holders a chance to shape individual concert setlists through online voting. Despite describing it as a daunting task, the drummer expressed great excitement about the possibility of performing such tunes as "The Frayed Ends of Sanity." "You kinda start going from 'This seems really cool and fun and kinda cooky' to panic mode," Ulrich jokingly noted. "What if somebody - if it's sort of 18 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity' type of songs? Well I guess then we better man up and play 18 songs like 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity.' So we'll see how it plays out, it certainly gives me butterflies in the stomach in a good way. "Ultimately, this will at least put a stop to the whining about the setlist because it's basically the fans that are picking it," Lars added. "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" still remains as the only "...And Justice for All" track that has never been performed live in its entirety.
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