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In concert: Avenged Sevenfold at Jiffy Lube Live

avenged sevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold schlocked out at Jiffy Lube Live, Tuesday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By Dave McKenna

Avenged Sevenfold loves the quaint gimmicks. As the California shock metallurgists opened Tuesday's loud and fun set at Jiffy Lube Live, a stagehand dropped from the rafters with a noose around his neck. Bandmembers appeared not to notice the body swinging above them as they forged ahead with the recent dirty-word dependent single "Nightmare." The bit was of the cartoonish sort that Alice Cooper brought to arena rock nearly four decades ago with his "Welcome to My Nightmare" tour. But poor execution sucked the macabreness out of Avenged's gag, as the soon-to-be hanging victim could be seen adjusting his safety harness in plain view of the fans before taking his fall.


"Let's play some evil [stuff]!" singer M Shadows bellowed before "Beast and the Harlot," which got the fans pumping their fists in unison at a death-metal clip and shrieking along to lyrics that told a tale of a "seven-headed beast, ten horns raised from his head" and his lady "fornicating." Yucky! During "Beast," and most other tunes in the hour-long set, the quintet's bookend guitarists -- left-handed Zacky Vengeance and righty Synyster Gates -- came together front and center to play twin leads that recalled '70s act Thin Lizzy. It's a nice visual and aural touch.

The high point of the show came with the power ballad "So Far Away," as Shadows asked fans to hold their lighters overhead in tribute to Avenged's former drummer, known as The Rev. He died last year of what was listed in the toxicology report as "acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Diazepam/Nordiazepam" and booze. Now that's scary.



By Click Track  |  September 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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Nothing on the other bands with new albums ie Stone Sour and Disturbed, or are those albums too new?

Yeah, the gag was a bit lame, but it's no like anyone was fooled from the get go. It's obvious it's a dude with a harness on. You can see the harness when he "jumps". Also, they weren't playing twin lead lines. One plays lead, one plays rythem. And why is it "yucky"? is it any more "yucky" than the rapper of the week talking about all the ladies he gets with?

I'm nto trying to make this an attack, but still, this review could be constructed better.

Posted by: EricS2 | September 1, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Are those American flag aviators on white-leather-jacket-w/-armband-bro? 'Rawk'?

Posted by: Mat_ | September 1, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I agree it could have been constructed better as well.

First, you have to understand the story behind The Beast and The Harlot, it's biblical and you would have known that if you knew anything about the band's music.
Also, yes the gag could have been constructed better, but I liked it nonetheless. I truly feel like they were trying to capture that "nightmare-ish" feeling.

And again, Zacky is rhythm, Syn is lead, they are not twin leads.
I find you could have found better wording for how Jimmy died.. The 'Now that's scary' part wasn't needed. I'm sorry, but that's my opinion.

Overall, I think you could have constructed this better and you could have gathered more info. before publishing this article.

I'm sorry if my comment sounds rude in any way, it's not meant to be taken as such.

Posted by: hockeychick1213 | September 1, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Mr. McKenna....really? Did you do any research on this band or their music at all before going to the show?
Being as you are a journalist one would think you would know a little bit about that literary device known as metaphor...especially since you write for a paper in the DC area...
Maybe you should stick to reviews on Justin Bieber or The Jonas Brothers since your disdain for this type of music is clearly evident.

Posted by: jbmoongirl | September 1, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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