The band returned after the 14-song set for an encore of “Bat Country,” one of their early signature classics that helped establish them as a mainstream juggernaut. Then, a “Why We Love Music Today” moment occurred. A successful marriage proposal took place on stage, followed by “A Little Piece of Heaven.” It reinforced the band’s ora of family and togetherness. The evening ended with “Unholy Confessions.”Avenged Sevenfold were Avenged Sevenfold last night. M. Shadow’s vocals were on-point. The searing guitar licks of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance were hotter than the pyro on stage. Since the Nightmare Tour wrapped up a few years ago, the band has seemed tired. They appear to have new life on this trek, though. Much of that may be due to being on tour with the mighty Metallica. Both bands are similar in sound and story.
Metallica lost bassist Cliff Burton in a tragic bus accident shortly after making what would arguably end up being the best album in their discography Master of Puppets in 1986. In 2o09, Avenged Sevenfold drummer The Rev passed away shortly before the band could record what would end up being their greatest achievement – Nightmare. Bassist Jason Newsted replaced Burton in Metallica. While the band thought they had found their forever bass player, Newsted would not be a permanent fixture in Metallica as Robert Trujillo took over in 2003 after Newsted’s departure. Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, ex- Adrenaline Mob, The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors) played drums for Avenged Sevenfold on Nightmare.
After than, Arin Ilejay stepped behind the kit but not for long. Now, the band has former long-time Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman handling percussion. After the passing of band members, both Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold have never really found a permanent replacing for their respective deceased members. One can only assume that making peace without permanence has been the catalyst for Avenged Sevenfold’s revitalization.