Creative Loafing Tampa, "A7X Offered What, In My Opinion, Was The Best Performance Of The Day." - Avenged Sevenfold

Creative Loafing Tampa, "A7X Offered What, In My Opinion, Was The Best Performance Of The Day."

Creative Loafing has posted their review of the Tampa, FL stop on the Rockstar Uproar tour. Check out the full thing as well as photos here.

With the veil of night firmly in place, Avenged Sevenfold [pictured below] offered what, in my opinion, was the best performance of the day. As the opening of “Nightmare,” from A7X’s latest release, Nightmare, chimed through the sound system, a spotlight lit a lifeless body being lowered from the light rigging, seemingly held in place by a hangman’s noose. Vocalist M. Shadows emerged from the darkness and fog, just as flames lit the remaining band members and a set built to resemble the front gates of a cemetery. A7X never stopped long enough to take a breath, accompanied by a continuous pyrotechnic show that must have raised the amphitheatre temperature a few degrees. The band did slow things down long enough to offer a poignant and emotional tribute to their late drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan, who passed away in late 2009. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy is currently touring with A7X until they can locate a suitable replacement. Mike refers to himself as the band’s “rebound drummer” and has no plans to stay on permanently. With barely an hour on stage, Avenged Sevenfold just seemed to be getting warmed up when they had to stop.

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