Avenged Sevenfold. There are no words. They absolutely stole the show – in fact, they were probably my favorite set all summer. Theatrically, their setup was flawless, intense and engaging, from the sick opening to “Nightmare” to the final words after “Almost Easy”. More importantly, it was clear that they put their hearts and souls into the performance. Musically, there are few guitar duos that can top Syn Gates and Zacky Vengeance. Johnny Christ was incredible, rocking his across the stage. M. Shadows proved everybody who’s ever said he can no longer scream totally wrong as he tore through song after song. Mike Portnoy (of Dream Theater) was freaking incredible, working the kit like a mad genius, working the crowd; I can’t think of a single person better to fill The Rev’s spot onstage. At one point, the band honored their fallen brother with “So Far Away,” a tribute ballad off of their latest album. Beautifully done, and it was impossible not to be carried away in the emotion of the song. But then, it was impossible not to feel the attachment to all of their music as the band interacted with the crowd and with each other. They’re brilliant musicians, and I’m more than honored to have been in the crowd last night. My voice was hoarse with screaming, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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