The final band of the night was set to go on. A black curtain hid the entire stage. As samples were blasting from the huge P.A. and pyrotechnics flared from behind the curtain sporadically, the crowds anticipation began to grow. The curtain dropped and the place went nuts. Avenged Sevenfold took their places on the all blue lit stage adorned with their signature winged-skull back drop and it looked amazing! These guys were true headliners. The samples stopped and the drums and guitars kick in. As their standard opening song “Nightmare” blasted through the arena a mosh-pit immediately broke out. I may not have a lot of respect for this band, but their high energy act and musical performance should be something all up-and-coming bands everywhere should aspire to. Fire, strobe lights and fireworks, they had it all. Their sound was excellent considering most bands fall to the “arena curse” where they are way to loud and the music just mixes together into one big echo, making it extremely hard to enjoy. If you like Avenged Sevenfold’s studio recordings, their live shows far exceed anything they have ever put out on record.