Making their first headlining tour in the UK since the death of their former drummer, Jimmy”The Rev” Sullivan, Avenged Sevenfold showcase their determination to keep his legacy alive.
I have to say that out of all the bands I have seen live, the song selection choice during the “intervals” between performances was by far the best yet! A constant loop of metal classics such as; AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper. This playlist alone was enough to get the audience hyped for the upcoming event.
Avatar; Avenges first opening act pleasantly took me by surprise, the Swedish quintet’s set was exceedingly captivating. Immediately Johannes Eckerström’s attire grasped my attention – his trench coat, make up, hat and marching band baton ensured that all eyes were on him. Moreover, Jonas Jarlsby (guitar), Tim Öhrström (guitars) and Henrik Sandelin’s (bass) head banging windmill gave the impression that they were about to take off in flight! As well as John Alfredsson pounding his heart and soul into every song.Their music ability was not at all hindered by their theatrical appearance, this band ticks all the boxes and doesn’t rely on an eccentric look to help cruise through the music industry – they definitely have talent too. I recommend them highly to anyone and everyone!
Following on from this,Five Finger Death Punch also stole the crowd with their diverse setlist. It’s safe to say that, although a support band, they had a large entourage at this one gig, therefore added to their enthusiasm during their performance. This band complimented both Avenge Sevenfold and Avatar, acting as a suitable bridge between the two bands, making the whole line up work effectively well together as a unit, rather than three separate bands.
Now…the time has come…
Thick, black curtains slowly pull open to reveal…
|Picture taken from their Amsterdam set also used in
the UK tour
The sheer heat of the flames consumed the whole arena to the extent that the air conditioning had to be switched on to prevent half the crowd from fainting! The stage itself was bare, the skull being the only prop; however this was enough, anymore then the stage would have been too crowded, as well as lose that unique Avenged touch.
|Setlist Wembley Arena
Avenged Sevenfold Wembley Arena Live