Away Team have put up a small review as well as a few photos from Avenged Sevenfold’s performance in Orlando, FL on the “Welcome To The Family” Tour.
Moving from really good onto really EPIC, Avenged Sevenfold took the stage last with plenty of mock death scenes that would make Alice Cooper proud. The opening number; the title track of their latest album Nightmare came complete with a guy hanging himself from the rafters in the center of the stage while the band churned out killer riff after riff to huge applause from the sell-out crowd full of Death Bat Tattooed Messiahs. This was THEIR crowd and they came to do us all right.
With more pyrotechnics than a redneck 4th Of July and more backdrop changes than a Madonna tour rehearsal the band hit their stride from the very beginning. Although everyone in the crowd was still chanting for the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan whose shoes weren’t being filled by a mighty named Mike Portney tonight, but rather by the permanently affixed Arin Ilejay on the drum kit, the tears literally ran deep during a tribute they did for “The Rev” as they played “So Far Away”. This was accompanied by a nice commentary as well as huge visual features and pictures of the recently fallen drummer and was easily one of the highlights for me. After their usual set, I was surprised that they did actually return for an encore as most of their shows in the past have been devoid of any.
Finishing off the night were “Fiction”, “Unholy Confessions” and “Save Me” for one of the best shows I’ve ever seen the band perform. Easily one of my top concerts of the year due to the setlist, the line-up and the incredible sound and lighting at the UCF Arena.