Avenged Sevenfold | 4.25.11

Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, and Sevendust would attempt to do what Tool, and Breaking Benjamin could not do in the past, sell it out.




Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, MO

When you live in a town dominated by 95% country/religious shows, and then once every two years or so a rock and roll shows rolls through, you don’t question it. You don’t ask who’s playing, where it’s at, how much it costs, such is the case of Cape Girardeau, MO. Just an hour and a half south of St. Louis, the location of Southeast Missouri State University has repeatedly been plagued by poor attendance at rock shows, granted there have only been 3 in the last 5 years… yes years. One of the benefits however is the unique opportunity to see bands that generally play 15-20,000 seat arena’s in the fairly closed in 4- 5,000 seat Show Me Center

In this instance Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, and Sevendust would attempt to do what Tool, and Breaking Benjamin could not do in the past, sell it out… they could not. Despite the headlining band headlining major rock festivals worldwide, the maybe 2/3rd full Center did it’s best despite the constant flooding to make the noise the groups asked for. The bands however seemed un-phased by the size of the crowd, and made it personal with Three Days Grace lead singer Adam Gontier taking a trip around the general admission floor, something that probably would not be done at a packed arena.

Openers Sevendust kicked off the show mostly featuring their latest effort, Cold Day Memory. despite the pyro of the headliners many in the crowd seemed to have come solely for them, and they did not disappoint. Guitarist Clint Lowery  skulked the stage like a lead singer, leading and exciting the crowd while kicking out old school riffs from older tracks like "Black" and "Face to Face".

Three Days Grace were up next, and have in fact been in Cape Girardeau three times more than 99.9% of bands, which would be three times. Going back to their first gig supporting Nickelback in 2003 in Cape Girardeau, the band looked much more like they did than in years past, thought that didn’t translate musically. The band delivered a set filled with newer hit’s like "World So Cold" and "Never Too Late". One of the two old tracks featured, "Home" featured a breakdown of Eminem’s "Lose Yourself" which attempted to be fun, though another older track added to the set would have sufficed just as well.

Avenged Sevenfold came last and provided an entertaining set, if your expectations were low anyways. The band have changed a lot through the years, but have always maintained a great deal of talent. Starting off as an emo-core band slightly over ten years ago, the band have transformed into flannel wearing, guitar soloing masters of alternative rock. It doesn’t hurt to bring LOTS of fire along as well as a feverous fan-base. Half of a show played out as a memorial to drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed in 2009, it was both fitting and heartfelt, which is lacking from their radio friendly tracks. On the heavy side, the main set closed with a trio of "God Hates Us", "Bat Country", and "Unholy Confessions" which continued to allow guitarists Zacky Vengeance, and Synyster Gates to solo to their hearts desires.

As the band came back from the set break, many in the crowd had already decided to head out, and whether the band had noticed or not, there was a definite lagging in the mood of almost everyone. The two closing tracks off the latest effort, Nightmare would close the show out as well, with the first "Fiction" being the last song written by The Rev. "Save Me" closed the night out with it’s nearly eleven minutes of constant pounding that had more in the crowd funneling out, and others lackadaisical.

Bandleader M. Shadows told the crowd early in the night that they had more energy than the crowd of 20,000 they had played to just a few days before. This may in fact have been true, however his promises of returning will in fact fall into the category of "believe it when it happens". At the end of the night though, no one in the crowd complained as they had in fact seen one of the biggest alternative rock tours of the year, at what might as well have been a club show.  | Bruce Matlock

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