On July 28, I attended the Avenged Sevenfold, A Day To Remember, & HO99O9 concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and it was a great show.
HO99O9 opened up the night with an insane performance. The group’s recorded music is considered hip-hop, but in a live setting they sound straight up punk. theOGM and Eaddy’s vocals mixed with Brandon Pertzborn’s (Black Flag, Doyle) insane drumming made for a cool set, which was worth getting there early for.
After HO99O9, A Day To Remember came out for a fun set. The group’s performance began with the stage “talking” to the crowd to introduce the band. Then they came out and blasted right into “All I Want.” The band’s high energy set was made only better by their crowd participation efforts, ranging from having people throw toilet paper, bounce beach balls, and catch shirts from a t-shirt cannon. Frontman Jeremy McKinnon was a little disappointed that people couldn’t mosh or crowd surf up front, due to a lack of a pit area, but that didn’t stop the band from keeping the crowd engaged. Highlights from their set include the previously mentioned opener “All I Want,” “Naivety,” and “If It Means A Lot To You.”
Then it was time for the headliners of the night, Avenged Sevenfold! The band’s show started with outer space-like imagery recreating the cover art of the band’s latest album “The Stage” across several screens, along with flashing lightning. Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Johnny Christ and Brooks Wackerman (ex-Bad Religion) then entered the arena to launch into the aforementioned album’s title track, before M. Shadows ran out just in time for the vocals to kick in. Their musicianship was impeccable, between Gates and Vengeance’s amazing guitar harmonies, to Wackerman’s thunderous drumming. This combined with the various onscreen imagery to accompany each track, and fire blasts, made for one grand spectacle. The images were especially powerful, due to the way they helped the songs come to life in a story-like manner, as Shadows’ powerful voice narrated. It didn’t stop there either. Shadows even made sure the audience was a part of everything by having them do things like throwing their fists to the sky, yelling “hail” during “Hail To The King,” putting lighters/cell phones up for “So Far Away,” etc. The concert was really phenomenal on all levels. Highlights of the night included “Nightmare,” “Almost Easy,” “God Damn,” “Sunny Disposition,” “A Little Piece Of Heaven,” and their finale “Unholy Confessions.”