It’s slowly sinking in that I photographed Avenged Sevenfold and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Last night Avenged played at the Toyota Center as part of their Nightmare After Christmas Tour. Fans packed the arena, setting a record for the most tickets sold to a Toyota Center event. I even met guys from Vancouver, BC who drove down to see the show.
Song after song, Avenged Sevenfold rocked out. Pyrotechnics illuminated the set. Fans crowd surfed, sang along and put their lighters in the air. Unforgettable.
I’ve been to many a concerts and feel like most artists tell crowds the same crap over and over. Not Avenged Sevenfold. M. Shadows talked about playing for the troops, the passing of Rev how much the guys appreciate their fans. He even called out an audience member who held his girlfriend up the entire show. Towards the end of their set, M. Shadows encouraged fans to make the biggest circle pit the Toyota Center has ever seen. Naturally guys went nuts moshing and pushing. I took cover to avoid getting knocked out. Bad idea M. Shadows!
Of all the shows I’ve attended, this one ranks in my top five. Their energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for fans sets Avenged apart from other bands. The tribute song to Rev almost brought a tear to my eye. I will definitely attend another Avenged Sevenfold concert. Seeing them perform only made me appreciate their music more. If you ever have the opportunity to attend an Avenged Sevenfold concert, take it!
*At the end of the night I passed a few business cards along to tour help. Standup Willie, if you’re reading this, thanks for (hopefully) passing my cards along!
Now Playing: A Little Piece of Heaven
**Sorry for the heavy bass. I stood directly under the speakers.