Avenged Sevenfold launches another year of Rock USA
Oshkosh’s Rock USA kicked off with some heat this July, both in lineup and weather. Breaking the hundred degree heat index, fans were in for a crispy day, but as the sun set and humidity lingered Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry rattled the house for the first night of the four day festival.
Earlier in the day Saliva hit Rock USA with a 6pm set that helped break up the day after some lesser known acts. Crunching through a few hits they were getting positive response, though not as impressive as you’d expect. Sound was also an issue.
“All My beer drinkin’ hell raisers where you at?” new vocalist Bobby Amaru screamed.
Buckcherry returned for another year of Rock USA, originally making an appearance for 2011’s inaugural year. Vocalist Josh Todd cranked away at vocals, noticeably better than two years prior. Take the moves and on stage antics of Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and mix it with the face of Dennis Leary and you might have an idea.
Blasting through hits had fans in a roar, primarily during their smash hit “Crazy Bitch”. Todd was having a little too much fun during his set signaling a possible liquid dinner.
Rock USA has made a name for themselves when it comes to top shelf headliners, and this year’s opening day was as eye-popping as ever. Avenged Sevenfold stole the night with their sinister late night performance laced with pyro and amazing stage props.
The giant skull with bat wings sitting at the back of the stage had been teasing the crowd all day. Fans chatted about what they wanted to hear while others shared some insight on their show as heard from friends who attended last night’s performance a few hours away in LaCrosse, WI.
The hour and 45 minute set change over was getting everyone a bit testy combined with the heat that scorched on into the late hours of the night.
A few bangs and pillars of pyro startled the antsy crowd, but signaled Avenged Sevenfold was on its way.
Vocalist M. Shadows is sounding respectable even after all the years of screaming. Only die hard A7x fans might be able to notice a difference after rumors spread years ago that he lost his voice.
Talking about being locked away for a while working on a new record, Avenged Sevenfold was happy to be out touring again. I think they enjoyed the Oshkosh crowd even though there was no general admission pit up at the barrier like they’re used to.
Even if you weren’t a fan, M. Shadows made you feel like one, inviting you to the Avenged Sevenfold family with “Welcome To The Family”.
As short as the setlist was, a few new songs saw their debut – a treat this early in the tour.
Nightmare – Critical Acclaim – Welcome to the Family – Almost Easy – Buried Alive – Hail to the King – Afterlife – Carry On – Bat Country – Unholy Confessions