Stone Sour put on a solid set, neither brilliant nor bad. The sizable crowd inside the Arena, already doused in sweat and on a sugar high from the Rockstar drinks, moshed and sung along but it always felt like they were really waiting for the next band – California’s Avenged Sevenfold.
Playing in a huge arena can make any band look small without a good stage to play on. Avenged Sevenfold likely know this, and this is probably why they play against a backdrop of bursts of flames, fireworks, huge explosions and a man who jumped from the top of the stage rigging wearing a noose. It was an impressive sight to see and the fans certainly looked to be enjoying the show, almost too much – the band had to stop shortly after the first song to repair the barricades in front of the stage.
Last band on the bill were Disturbed, who turned out to be a bit of a let down after the theatrics of Avenged Sevenfold. The band gave it their best, vocalist David Draiman belted out the bands songs with conviction but the crowd had already started to thin out by the time the band hit the stage