Avenged Sevenfold Shows Sioux Falls How to Rock

January 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Avenged Sevenfold has been touring heavily and have been filling up venues on their current headlining tour "The Stage World Tour".  Saturday, January 27th was Sioux Falls, SD's time to rock and Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine would be joining them on this stop.  It was a nice drive out with warmer than average temps during the day.  It was an early show and I got Denny Sanford PREMIERE Center a little before 6:00pm  Even then, there was a steady stream of people going in.  They would stop at the merch area just inside the main gates and then head in to find their spots.

Bullet For My Valentine went on first and delivered the quality show that I have come to expect from them.  I think this was my third time shooting them and the stage was really well lit this time around.  They got the crowd going with all the favorites and had everyone singing along throughout the entire set.  Bullet For My Valentine was a great choice to start out a night of hard-hitting rock.

Next up was Breaking Benjamin.  I was really looking forward to seeing them live since they recently released a few new songs in anticipation for their upcoming album.  However, it seemed that there might have been some technical issues early on in the set and I heard people scrambling backstage after our three songs.  Heading out into the venue after shooting them, it seemed one of the guitars was having issues intermittently.  Ben Burnley was having the crowd sing quite a bit more and seemed to be having issues during the set as well.  Perhaps he came down with the crud that has been going around and that might have been the issue, but the set seemed a bit off this night.  Regardless, the new songs were nice to hear and they still did the cool Star Wars instrumental and short covers of Tool, Nirvana, and Pantera.  All in all, I certainly am looking forward to seeing Breaking Benjamin again at Northern Invasion.

After another quick set change, it was Avenged Sevenfold's turn to hit the stage.  I hadn't seen them before and was thinking there would be some pyro with the show, but that wasn't the case this time around.  The certainly didn't need it though as they came out fast and heavy and didn't slow down at all.  I was able to forget that the snow was now coming down pretty good outside and that I would have to drive 3 hours in it the instant the music started.  With "Hail to the King", (one of my favorites from them), being among the first three songs it was safe to say that I certainly enjoyed their set!  The halls outside the main room that were full of people were now empty as everyone was inside watching.  I wish I would have been able to stay for longer, but the weather forced me to have to leave after about the 7th song.  Avenged Sevenfold will also be at Northern Invasion, so I look forward to a full set then when the weather, hopefully, isn't as bad.

For those wondering, yes the snow was pretty bad.  There was about 3 inches on the ground and is was still coming down heavy for most of my drive.  It was light and blew around a lot as well, so there were plenty of drifts and cars in the ditch.  It was a long drive, but well worth it for this show!

As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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