Avenged Sevenfold lead singer M. Shadows recently shared a post on the band’s official Instagram page bidding farewell to his late vocal coach, Ron Anderson. Apparently, the rocker found Anderson after hearing his students including Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.
There’s a huge vocal difference between Avenged Sevenfold’s second studio album, ‘Waking the Fallen‘ which was released on August 26, 2003, and the third studio album, ‘City of Evil‘ which was released on June 6, 2005.
The main reason behind this is that M. Shadows had to undergo throat surgery after Warped Tour 2003. Following the procedure, the singer decided to focus on his vocal’s health rather than canceling shows after losing his voice.
After the surgery, Shadows needed a vocal coach to work with who was an expert on working with previously damaged vocals. Therefore, the first person that came up to the musician’s mind was Ron Anderson who was known for working with Lzzy Hale, Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, and many more.
Unfortunately, Anderson passed away on the morning of December 19, 2021, at the age of 75. Since he has been working with the vocal coach for years now, M. Shadows shared a post dedicated to Anderson to whom he referred to as a man he deeply admired.
The Avenged Sevenfold frontman revealed how they started working together as well as their candid stories to remember his friend in the post. Apparently, Shadows heard Anderson through his famous students including Axl Rose.
After they met, they didn’t only build a relationship at work, they also became close friends as Ron Anderson was an incredible coach and friend according to Shadows. Furthermore, Anderson was one of the most important people in his career which explains why he sounds so grateful in his farewell.
The caption of the IG post follows:
“This morning my dear friend and vocal coach, Ron Anderson, passed away.
In 2004, after ‘Waking the Fallen’ I was having trouble with my vocal folds. I had surgery to remove blood vessels that were bleeding into the folds and causing stiffness. I heard about Ron’s students (Axl, Cornell, Janet Jackson) and decided to go meet with him about helping me get through the recovery.
What ended up happening was a beautiful friendship with a man I deeply admired. He would do anything for his students. If we were in Europe or Asia and I needed him before a show he would get up at all hours, jump on FaceTime and warm me up. He did this for everyone.”
“In 2018, while he was on tour with The Weeknd for Coachella, he came to my house for dinner with his lifelong business partner and friend Pipe. We had many friends there celebrating life and drinking wine. We got nice and drunk and expressed how much we loved and respected each other. We all hung out until the sun came up and it was a memory I will never forget.
I’m glad I have that. He was easily one of the most important people in my career and I spent more time in lessons with him than maybe even my own family. He was a master of his craft, and if there is an entity up there, he’s teaching them how to do rolled r’s and scales to improve their voice. Rest in power friend.
You can see the Instagram picture below.