Recensione del concerto a Uncasville

Brad Carroll ha postato sul suo Gameday una recensione del concerto tenutosi a Uncasville il 22 giugno. Ecco le sue parole:
If there is one band that has taken the lead in the hard-rock movement, it just might be Avenged Sevenfold. The band’s show at Mohegan Sun Arena Friday night made it clear that, at the very least, they’re definitely one of the few in the conversation.
Avenged Sevenfold played to a near-capacity crowd, putting forth a high-energy performance that was matched by a crowd’s enthusiasm, with mosh pits erupting seconds into the opening song and continuing until the final performance in the band’s 90-minute set. Overall, it was the rock performance that any fan should expect when going to a show, although this one easily was above the curve.
A lot of bands could learn something from watching Avenged Sevenfold play live, everything from the crowd interaction, which there was a lot of, to putting forth the effort to create something special, which is exactly what they did. It all added up to one of the best overall live performances I’ve seen.
It was also one of the more surprising shows, although it had more to do with the crowd than the band itself. Typically when there is general admission on the floor at Mohegan Sun Arena, any mosh pits that take shape are quickly dispersed by security. But Friday night that wasn’t the case, as the pit was alive from start to finish, something that took me by surprise. It created an interesting subplot to the performance on stage as surviving the mosh and watching the show became one and the same.
Of course, my days of bashing into people are pretty much over, not to mention I swore off taking part in such activities after being part of the craziest pit of my life at a Pennywise concert years and years ago. I won’t even mention that most of the guys and girls in the mosh were half my age. Still, I didn’t mind being on the outside, pushing people back into the action.
Avenged Sevenfold kicked off the concert in epic fashion, starting with one of their biggest hits, “Nightmare,” which slowly works into the main riff to get everyone pumped from the get-go, the perfect choice. It set the stage for what was about to follow, with “Welcome To The Family” and “Buried Alive” following in the first five songs played to keep the energy up.
There was barely any time to rest because the band wasn’t about to waste any moment to entertain. Even when lead singer M. Shadows was interacting with the crowd, he was engaging and interesting, making the band not only talented but one to root for as well. The crowd interacted with band members too, making their voices heard and with responses in kind.
During the song “So Far Away,” the band asked the crowd to help honor former drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in 2009. In response, most of the crowd put their cell phone flashlight on to create an amazing spectacle, with white light coming from all over the arena.
Later, before playing their over eight-minute long “A Little Piece Of Heaven,” Shadows explained the back story of the creepy love story, setting up the crowd to respond, first to the guys in the crowd, then the women. It set up the “Nightmare Before Christmas” type song perfectly.
On a whole, the show included all the lights and backdrops you would expect from a major act performance. But Avenged Sevenfold included fire spanning the entire stage, explosions and fireworks at the end of the show. The overall stage production looked awesome from the floor, and I’m sure it had to be even more impressive from the seated areas around the arena.
Even the final song of the night was set up merely to create a huge circle pit, again using the crowd to their advantage. It was a great end to a great show.
The opening act, Halestorm, also did a fantastic job setting the scene for a tremendous night. Led by lead singer Lzzy Hale, Halestorm played some good music and also had great interaction with the crowd. If you couldn’t tell, crowd interaction is huge because it makes a show different than simply listening to the band play. A personal connection goes a long way and creates a bond, whether real or not.
Hale accomplished that in the band’s 10-song set.
As for the headliners, Avenged Sevenfold continued their ascent to the top of the hard rock world with a performance to remember Friday night.
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