Though Capital City Rock Fest took place on August 13th a great review of the event has just popped up talking quite positively about Avenged Sevenfold’s set at the show. You can check it all out here.
Avenged Sevenfold was the headliner on this big night of rock. I knew right away this was going to be an exciting show when I saw the curtain around the stage hiding the contents behind. For me, the anticipation is almost too much to bear. When a band has a curtain up, it usually means something big and elaborate is behind it! As the curtain dropped we heard this loud commotion and the lights pointed up to the scaffolding above the stage. The scaffolding proceeded to break as a dummy was hanging there swinging by it’s neck. Pretty awesome way to start the show as the band ripped into their latest hit “Nightmare“, how fitting.
I have to give a big Hell Yeah (pun intended) to the designer of the stage. It was one of the coolest set ups I’ve seen in a long time. It looked like the gates of a castle with brick pillars and on top of them were golden bowls with fire shooting out of them. The actual top of the gates lit up with fire and there was more fire behind the gates which lit up the arena frequently during the course of the show. Behind the stage were extremely large tapestries with various images like castles, skulls and even their late drummer “The Rev” Sullivan being hugged by fellow bandmates in tribute to their fallen lifelong friend.
I have personally never seen that much fire used in a rock show not even by the likes of rock gods such as Metallica. Nor have I seen that much moshing at one show as at least two mosh pits were going at all times. Guess the concert goers didn’t see the sign outside the arena that stated, “No Moshing!”
This was the type of rock show that people come to see. Not only was the stage show visually stimulating but the music was loud, clear and carefully planned to provide us a perfect combination of old hits and some music off the new album, Nightmare. Just when we thought we had seen it all, the show ended with Avenged Sevenfold playing “Almost Easy” with the entire stage lit up with fire and several skeletons dropping from the ceiling, giving you one more big visual to look at and talk about on the drive home.