Deathbat News and Revolver Magazine teamed up to send one lucky DBN reader and a guest to last night’s 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Kyle Clifton, the winner of the tickets, was not only kind enough to keep me updated throughout the night but also wrote a review of the entire show. Check it out below and find an Avenged Sevenfold recap of the show here.
If you were In Los Angeles for the Revolver Golden Gods last night, there’s no way you could get lost. The city was packed with A7X shirts, and it was quite obvious why this was the first time the award show sold out. From Chris Jericho smashing a radio playing Justin Beiber with a baseball bat, to Corey Taylor performing Judas Priest’s “Electric Eye”; to Avenged Sevenfold’s soul shattering set, this was an amazing night for heavy metal music.
Jimmy smiled proudly up in the sky as his brothers took home four Golden God awards. With each award won, the crowd erupted, beers were spilled and the venue almost caved in from all the cheering and excitement. If you love Avenged Sevenfold, then this was the place to be.
The night was filled with great performances from Alice Cooper, Loaded, Volbeat, Asking Alexandria etc. and special guests ranging from Sebastian Bach to Corey Taylor. But nothing could parallel Avenged Sevenfold’s set. The crowd screamed and cried out as Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan was included in Revolver’s tribute to fallen heroes. Almost exactly two years to the date, The Rev played his last Los Angeles show right next door at the Nokia Theatre, and his spirit was kept alive at Club Nokia here in 2011. After winning the award for best album and best vocalist, the crowd broke out in a chant for The Rev.
The guys from Avenged were introduced by none other than Lars Ulrich, and Robert Trujillo of Metallica. A7X tore the roof off of Club Nokia with what was one of their heaviest sets to date. “Nightmare” echoed through the streets of Los Angeles, waking up the city of evil, and preparing them to be gutted by a killer performance of “Beast and The Harlot”. The guys were then joined on stage by Duff McKagan and together performed It’s So Easy (Guns N’ Roses).
Next, M. Shadows asked the crowd what song they wanted to hear and over all the different names being shouted out, he chose “Bat Country” saying “This one’s for Lars”. After jokingly punishing Arin by “kicking” him off the drums, the band was joined by Vinnie Paul and swept the crowd off their feet and slammed them to the ground with an insane cover of “Mouth for War” (Pantera).
The night was closed out with a heavy performance of “Almost Easy” and Shadows saying “Good night. Guys we appreciate it. We hope you had a great time. And we will all see you very soon.” I for one hope they do come back very soon.
I want to send out special thanks to Deathbat News, and Revolver for this amazing opportunity. I also want to thank the guys in Avenged Sevenfold for all that their music has done for me throughout the years.
Pick up the 2011 Golden Gods issue of Revolver Magazine on May 24th and tune in to watch highlights of the show and performances on VH1 Classic on May 28th.