When I went to Soundwave, one of the main bands I wanted to see was Avenged Sevenfold. They didn't come, because they were "not allowed to bring their full show." So, when I was in the US, I traveled to Lubbock, Texas to see them. They put on a good show, they hang someone before the show starts, and he hangs there for "Nightmare." They have a Gothic looking set, which is very cool. So, when they announced an Australian make up tour, I was in the US and I got friends in Australia to get online to buy tickets as soon as they went on sale. They were only $80, compared to $150 for shows like AC/DC and Iron Maiden. As I was taking my daughter, who is 15, I got seats, not pit tickets. I bought four tickets and one person pulled out, so I checked tickets closer to the date, to see if they had sold out, so I could sell my spare. I got tickets that were far better than the ones I had! So, of course, I bought them. We ended up with awesome seats, but, I wonder why it is that when you get online the day they go on sale, the best seats are not available. The show was on July 30th at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
So, we got to the venue, and took our seats. The venue was pretty small and while the floor was packed, the sides were only 2/3 full. I guess most fans want to be on the floor, but the overall turnout was still less than I expected.
The opening band was meant to be Sevendust, but they had pulled out. There was no notice of this anywhere. The actual opening band was abysmal. I will do them a favor and not tell you their name, but it was horrendous. The keyboard player had a beard and people were yelling out "Jesus" to him, that was the most entertaining thing they did.
I was surprised when A7X took the stage, not least b/c I still didn't know Sevendust had cancelled, nor did I know that they were not going to hang anyone, nor did they have any of the stage I saw in the US. They had a Nightmare backdrop, and tons of fire on stage (I assume this is what Soundwave would not allow), and that was about it. Having heard the spiel about the "full stage show," I was a little disappointed.
I don't know what it is with Aussie crowds all of a sudden. At Metallica, no-one stood up, and it was true for A7X, too. I sat, rather than argue with the people behind me, but it seemed a bit odd to me. The pit was, on the other hand, brutal. At the end of the show, the band plays a heavy riff and calls for a big circle pit. I don't think that more than 10% of the people on the floor were not pulled in to the massive pit that ensued. The set list was very similar to the US one. They did "A Little Piece of Heaven" instead of "Fiction," that was about it. That song got a huge intro, and explanation of what it was about. The show was certainly good, and certainly the kids I took with me, loved it. For me, there were just too many surprises for it to live up to my expectations.