Rock USA breaks from classic rock with Avenged Sevenfold

Trading rain for 90 degree temperatures, Rock USA not only took a stern new direction with the weather, but also with their lineup for Friday night. Swapping the classics for a newer generation’s take on rock music, Avenged Sevenfold changed the pace, headlining with support from Breaking Benjamin and Papa Roach.

With their new chart topping 2015 release Dark Before Dawn, Breaking Benjamin performed as hot as their most recent hype digging deep for old hits from Dear Agony while also covering Tool’s Ænima. Breaking Benjamin’s heavier and slower rock vibe was a fresh experience for the festival’s fans, a genre often neglected until now.

Papa Roach also paired well with Pop Evil and Breaking Benjamin, another well-received repeat to Rock USA. Also donning a new release for 2015, Papa Roach’s F.E.A.R. well out-charted the albums it follows reaching #15 on the Billboard 200.

Avenged Sevenfold is no stranger to Oshkosh’s Rock USA having left a knockout performance in their previous run at the festival two years prior. The death bat themed modern rock powerhouse picked up on the same explosive note they left with a few years back. Whoever Judas Priest left home in the pyro department was clearly picked up by Avenged Sevenfold. While Priest had some interesting digital pyro, Avenged Sevenfold stepped it up with the real thing and continue to be one of the handful of bands that does so on one off stops like Rock USA.

Stopping the show only briefly to chat, and clearly not thrilled with time constraints imposed by Rock USA, vocalist M. Shadows praised Breaking Benjamin and their new album for charting to number one.

Breaking Benjamin Setlist: So Cold – Follow – angels Fall – Who Wants To Live Forever – Blow Me Away – Failure – Breath – Ænima – Polyamorous – I Will Not Bow – Until The End – Diary of Jane

Avenged Sevenfold

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Breaking Benjamin

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Papa Roach

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Pop Evil

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