Huntington-Beach-formed heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold brought their current tour to the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on Saturday night.
The boys were running hot and served up a solid career-spanning set with all the trimmings; from “Hail To The King” to “Beast And The Harlot” to “Nightmare”, and many more.
M. Shadows, lead singer, was mainly the central focus throughout the show but each member did take their turn in the spotlight. From a bevvy of guitar solos from Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates, to some serious bass slapping showcases from Johnny Christ, to complete mastery on the drums from Brooks Wackerman, they were all stellar. Each one carries their own identifiable performance style and attitude, no one fades into the background and disappears, their performances come from every corner of the group.\
The audience was completely hyped throughout the night. Steady streams of crowd surfers passed over the outstretched hands of their peers below, fists were pumping and voices were being screamed raw, and at two separate moments I saw bras go flying towards the stage, so yeah, it was that kind of night.
The production value was on point. The stage was wide and had a long crowd-facing walkway that dipped down, allowing the band members to get closer to the fans. The whole setup was backed by towering video screens that were used to intensify the visuals for every track with stunning video streams. At one point during the song “Higher” they even had a twenty-foot tall floating astronaut float on to the stage – fan video here. This all adds up to a top-tier production, for a deserving top-tier act. It is nice to see a metal band other than the Metallica’s and AC/DC’s of the world, putting on high-budget showcases.
One of the many highlights of the night was when the band delved into a solid cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, which took things down a step and let the heavy-hitters on the floor recoupe some energy between mosh sessions. LIghters went up and the crowd swayed along to the song.
Check out the fan-shot video of that Pink Floyd cover.
As the night began to wrap up, the culmination of all that rock n metal could be seen on the visage of the crowd; sweat-soaked, flush-faced, and a little worse for wear, but more than happy to do it all over again. One attendee shuffled passed with a bloody nose and a smile on his face, a perfect summation of the experience.
Overall the band was in solid form and put on a great show. They were cohesive and interactive and were just plain fun.
This was only my second A7X show and I hope it is not my last. I would love to sit down with the boys and chat with them next time they are in town.
Thank you to the band for a stellar night, we hope you come back soon.