Here’s a new version of the your-city-rocks speech that every band playing an arena offers at least once in a show. Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows delivered it just a few songs into Monday night’s Target Center concert.
“We didn’t come to this city on our first tour, and we’ve regretted it ever since,” he said. “It’s one of our favorite to play.”
I’ll buy that. As is reflected in the full review for Tuesday’s newspaper, Monday’s show definitely had an undeniably unique love-affair vibe to it, which stretched from the obvious favorites such as “This Means War” on down to some of the lesser-played nuggets the band dropped into the set – namely “Afterlife” and “Chapter 4.”
Even with the heavily choreographed stage get-up, the band never seemed to be going through the motions, although some of its tunes had a discernably by-the-numbers lack of originality (i.e., good thing Axl Rose’s never filed a copyright suit over “A Little Piece of Heaven”).
One of the more memorable things about the show might be having the film crew there shooting the band accepting its latest trophy in the Revolver-magazine-led Golden God Awards, which doesn’t take place till Wednesday and can be watched live via stream here. At least one of Monday’s audience members should tune in: The dude who Shadows handed off their trophy to after he accepted it for the cameras. That's one helluva concert souvenir.
Here’s Monday’s set list.
Shepherd of Fire / Critical Acclaim / Bat Country / Hail to the King / Doing Time / Buried Alive / Fiction / Nightmare / Burn It Down / Guitar Solo / Afterlife / Chapter 4 / This Means War ENCORE: Unholy Confessions / A Little Piece of Heaven