Finally, it was Avenged Sevenfold’s turn to hit the stage. I’ve been listening to this band since I was in eighth grade, so they really mean a lot to me. This was my second time seeing them live and they also hadn’t been in Nebraska since 2013. This was their first headlining North American tour supporting their latest album, The Stage, so they were going to pack as much production as possible to bring the audience a one of a kind experience. And they just did that what amazing graphics and lighting and video boards. It was truly a spectacle. They opened up with the title track, “The Stage”, which earned them their first Grammy nomination. I was impressed how much they blended their old and new material very well. M. Shadows’s vocals are very underrated. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance’s guitar playing is unlike any other. One of the stand out moments of their set was when they performed “Higher”, an inflatable astronaut with a skull in the helmet appeared. It was a haunting sight, but an awesome one. Another stand out moment was their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. They truly made it their own and had everyone singing along. It was amazing to see all these people attend this arena sized level show in Lincoln, Nebraska, a market that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. I hope more hard rock and metal tours, both large and small, consider Lincoln, or even Omaha, as a considerable date with the amount of people that were there. Rock was not dead in Lincoln, Nebraska that night, that’s for sure.