“We’ve been taking support acts now for 23 years. I tell you what, people just never liked the support acts that we take.
“We brought Bring Me the Horizon out, I thought they were going to be a winner – and people were throwing garbage cans at them on stage.
“There came a time when just in general, metal has really gotten into packaged tours and festivals and 160 bands on a bill.
“And, you know, you think about a Paul McCartney or Bruce Springsteen, when they come, they don’t come with seven other bands. It’s just Bruce Springsteen. It’s just The Rolling Stones.
“You know what? That’s the status that we want. We really, really enjoyed playing these ‘Evening With’ shows. We started doing it on the last album cycle.
“250 of the 283 shows were ‘An Evening With’, us playing two and a half or three hours every night and it was fucking awesome.
“It totally reinvigorated us as a band. It made us dust off a bunch of songs. It made us play better. It made the tour cycle more interesting.
“We loved it. We’re going to keep on doing it.”