Anne-Marie sent in her review of Avenged Sevenfold’s set on the Rockstar Uproar tour in Toronto, ON that she did for Confront Magazine. Pictures will be uploaded shortly. Check out the full review as well as a few of the photos here.
This non-stop evening then continued with Avenged Sevenfold on the main scene. Co-headlining this event with Disturbed, they were playing first even if their show was one of the most awaited for. Indeed, last December, while writing for their fifth record, they suffered the loss of their drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, 28, who died from a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol. After a short break, they decided to finish the album as a tribute to him. On drums, The Rev’s idol, Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre. For their entire tour, including their first show since The Rev’s death (in Montreal for HEAVY MTL), Portnoy would replace him.
Knowing this band always puts on a awesome show, not only pleasing the crowd with their guitar-riffs and sharp drum licks, but also from a visual perspective, we could see everything from every angle. Plus, during an interview, lead guitarist Synyster Gates mentioned that kids would love the show and parents would hate it. Everything was put on for a great rock show, for kids that is!
The show commenced with the first notes of their latest single, “Nightmare”. Standing on the tip of a platform in the air, a man was standing with a rope in his hand and hung himself. At that moment, the band entered the stage and played the whole song with the “dead” man above them. They played tight, they interacted with the crowd and thanked them for their support through the last hard months. One of the most emotional moments of the evening was before “So Far Away”, when the curtain behind them fell to show a picture of Jimmy: “This guy behind me, this guy, was my best friend for the last eighteen years” said M Shadows (vocals). “This next song is for you Jimmy!” Right after, they played the very fitting “Afterlife”, replacing one of the verses by “Got nothing against you and Jimmy I miss you”. Die hard fans of Avenged Sevenfold also had their time with songs like ‘’Unholy Confession’’ from ‘Walking The Fallen’’, probably the most well known song of this album. They closed the show with “Almost Easy” (from their eponym album) and saluted the crowd for about 5 minutes, throwing guitar picks, waving and asking the crowd to cheer for Portnoy, who tries his best to be invisible in the band, in respect of The Rev’s memory.