This Day In Rock. Happy Birthday M. Shadows!
Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows turns 35 today.
Matthew Charles Sanders was born on July 31, 1981 in Huntington Beach, California US. He is better known by his stage name M. Shadows. American musician M. Shadows is the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American Heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold.
Shadows, like the other members of Avenged Sevenfold, uses a stage name.
In an interview, Shadows says that he chose "M. Shadows" as his stage name because he thought of himself as "the darker character in the group". The M is in place of his first name, Matthew, which he did not want to be in his stage name because of the way it sounded. He also added that he and the band took stage names because many other successful musicians that they were influenced by had them (e.g. Slash of Guns N' Roses, Munky of Korn and the members of Slipknot).
Avenged Sevenfold's members stage names are: Zacky Vengeance (for Zachary James Baker), Synyster Gates or simply Syn (for Brian Elwin Haner Jr.) and Johnny Christ (for Jonathan Lewis Seward). Drummer Bruce Wackerman does'n have any stage name.
M. Shadows cites Guns N' Roses as his biggest influence (during an interview), commenting "I love that band. You can compare us all you want – they're a huge reason why I'm even in a band and even write music”.