The “rock is dead” merchants love to tell you that all the big acts won’t be with us for much longer. And fair enough, its true that in three weeks time, in this very room, Black Sabbath are playing their last ever gig. Iron Maiden aren’t getting any younger, and AC/DC are probably close to their conclusion. But that vision of the apocalypse rather neglects the fact that the rock n roll world, just like always, keeps on turning and out with the old and in with the new is always the maxim.
Exhibit A for the defence is right here. In the shape of of five men from California, who have overcome tragedy, line up changes and the bottom falling out of record sales, to become probably the biggest of the new breed on the planet.
Avenged Sevenfold have been busy honing their craft for not far off two decades, and are now at the point where they can cheerfully knock out a career spanning set to 10,00o of their closest mates without batting an eyelid.
They are bona fide arena rock stars, but they’ll do it their way, and because of them and bands like them, don’t let anyone tell you the future is anything but bright.