When the jackets and scarves come out, it is pretty safe to say that the 2011 summer concert season is wrapping up. And on Wednesday at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, Avenged Sevenfold literally closed the season with a bang to over 15,000 fans as the headliner for Rockstar Energy’s 2011 Uproar Festival (known locally as 106.7 KBPI’s Infest).
This year’s festival was a dream lineup for hard rock fans with Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet for My Valentine and Escape the Fate on the main stage and Sevendust, Black Tide, Art of Dying and Hell or High Water all taking over the Ernie Ball side stage. The only down side to this ridiculous lineup was having to choose between stages.
Seether hit the stage at 7 p.m. and won the audience with “Remedy,” “Broken” and their addictively hook-ey new single “Tonight.” The South African three-piece was the perfect lead in to Three Days Grace and with tracks like “Break,” “The Good Life” and “Pain” in their arsenal, their set was destined to be a standout at the festival. And those were only the opening songs. TDG managed to throw in a cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” that blew away the crowd and almost incited a riot during “Riot.”
Approximately 40-foot flames and the signature “death bat” were the backdrop for Avenged Sevenfold which, with the combined forces of front man M. Shadows and guitarist Synster Gates, create an utterly captivating live show. “Nightmare,” “Afterlife” and “Unholy Confessions” were highlights of their set, which also featured a repeat cameo from Nuggets’ star Chris “Birdman” Anderson, who appealed to fans for his chance to play basketball this season.
The only complaint from the crowd was that the band didn’t’ play “Almost Easy,” but at the end of an inspiring day of music, who cares? The show was quite simply a perfect end to the summer concert season.
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