Avenged Sevenfold Rock Intimate L.A. Gig
For two years now, the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ in Los Angeles has become one of the hottest venues in the city, regularly hosting big-name bands in a pint-sized club setting. Avenged Sevenfold paid a visit on Friday (Nov. 1) to the venue, located right where KROQ-FM is located, and delivered a loose and wild 45-minute set that was broadcast live over the Internet.
Approximately 200 lucky fans managed to procure tickets that allowed them to say hail to the modern kings of metal, A7X, who were fresh off of a national headlining tour with Deftones. The show harkened back to the band’s early days in Orange County, Calif., when, as frontman M. Shadows shared, they’d play in youth centers for five people.
Even though they are now headlining arenas, Avenged clearly had a good time returning to their humble beginnings by playing in a space that feels more like a neighborhood garage than an L.A. club. They also displayed that they are, at heart, a throwback rock ‘n’ roll band that does not need big production, pryro or a large stage to put on a compelling show. They simply need some gear and a roomful of noisy acolytes to make sparks fly. And fly they did, delivering a fiery set that raised the heat more than a little.
Opening with ‘Nightmare,’ the band made the most of the cramped space, high fiving fans and interacting throughout the seven-song set (which also featured ‘Shepherd of Fire,’ ‘Welcome to the Family,’ ‘Hail to the King,’ ‘Afterlife,’ ‘Unholy Confessions’ and ‘Bat Country’). The stage was covered in cobwebs and other Halloween-esque adornments, including skeletal chandeliers and jack-o-lanterns, and many fans in attendance also dressed for the occasion.
Longtime KROQ jock Stryker conducted an onstage Q/A with the band after the set, and even allowed fans to pose questions to their musical heroes. Then the band bid farewell, and all guests in attendance were gifted with a collectible poster to commemorate the night.