And now, the headliner. I don’t know if God is an Avenged Sevenfold fan, but all-of-a-sudden, just before they came on stage, a lightning show started and a few sprinkles fell. Then a voice said, “Two seals walk into a club … ” and that was it. The curtain dropped, unveiling a massive skull with wings glowing in a gloomy red light. The Dustin Dollin lookalike lead guitarist strolled out and began playing a single from their newest album, Nightmare. I gotta give props to the stage techs that made that epicness possible, their show was incredible. They reminded me of a modern day KISS with all the fire and the solos. Obviously they don’t sound like KISS, but their show was on par. Massive fire balls shooting up into the sky, fireworks, smoke machines, you name it, Avenged has it. They did hits off their earlier albums: “Bat Country,” “Almost Easy” and “Second Heartbeat.” One thing that was pretty funny to me was the fact that their lead singer is actually a massive man. Based on the assumption I made upon hearing his voice, the dude is the exact opposite. I pictured a little Dio-like man, not a Christopher Reeves in the Superman suit lookalike. The new album has been getting great reviews, and from what I saw, was received well by all of their fans.
I would like to thank Rockstar for putting this on and USANA for being such a rad place to see shows. To all the bands, keep up the great work. This was an awesome show and all of the fans enjoyed themselves to the fullest. When you hear Avenged Sevenfold playing in all of the cars in the parking lot as you leave the venue, you know that the fans didn’t get enough and had a good time—rock n’ roll.