I have seen these guys once before at an outdoor festival, Rock on the Range, though until this show I had no idea just how theatrical their sets really were. Out of the six piece band, five are completely cloaked from head to toe in black robes and masks. The sixth and lead vocalists is dressed as a religious figure in a catholic church, except appearing with full skull face paint.I thought their set a was a lot of fun they played well around one another and their music really stuck with the creepy ghoulish theme they were trying to portray.
Every time I have seen The Deftones, I have really enjoyed their set, but I have said it before, I feel like they get lost on a big stage. These guys do so much better and so much more with their set on a smaller more intimate stage. Lead vocalist, Chino Moreno is honestly the only one worth watching, he is constantly running all over the stage and keeps the crowd really engaged in the set. The rest of the band sort of just blends in with the background. That being said I have absolutely no complaints about their sound, they are consistently a good show but I will be looking forward to their next club venue tour!
I get so excited when I hear Avenged Sevenfold is on tour again, these guys know how to put on a killer show and leave a lasting impression. Supporting the release of their sixth studio “Hail To The King” Avenged came back and better than I have ever seen them. Something that I love about these guys is whether it is a headlining show or them opening for someone else, they bring so much personality to the stage. After the passing of their drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan it seemed that they lost their spark on stage they were there, but there was nothing behind them, it wasn’t until last summer I noticed a drastic change, they started having fun again. They started to genuinely enjoy what they were doing again. They were all over the stage making passes at one another and keeping the crowd involved in their set.
Avenged is notorious for having some of the most die hard fans in rock, after the second song Matthew Shadows pulled a couple from the front who were waving a sign with their version of “priceless” Avenged statistics and asking to get their tattoos signed. So he and the rest of the band did exactly that. This isn’t the first time I have seen them pull someone from the crowd and ironically it was the same guy. About two years ago at their show in NJ Shadows noticed a guy in the front with an Avenged Sevenfold chest piece singing along to every word and pulled him on stage to meet the band and sit side stage for a couple songs. I admire the fact that these guys want to give back to their fans and give them these once in a life time experiences. Incredible show, I am glad to see them back and tearing up the stage.