In concert: Avenged Sevenfold at Jiffy Lube Live
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.
September 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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