Avenged Sevenfold – Download Festival 2011



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Some of the best performances of the festival were to be seen on the Saturday night, with Avenged Sevenfold delivering a performance to be proud of.

The passing of their drummer, Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, temporarily set the band back.

But Frontman M. Shadows introduced replacement drummer Arin Ilejay in spectacular style by coercing him into performing a drum solo prior to playing the very aptly titled song Welcome to the Family.

However ‘The Rev’ was not forgotten and the crowd noticed the timely appearance of a rainbow as they ran through the song Afterlife.

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“The task of following Skunk Anansie on the Main Stage fell to Avenged Sevenfold, a task that they began at one hundred miles an hour and never looked like slowing down. A blistering and fire encased ‘Nightmare’ blew holes into the crowd for an opener. M Shadows did not let up and the combined fretwork acrobatics of Synyster Gates and Zachy Vengeance was nothing short of frightening. ‘Nightmare’ gave way to ‘Critical Acclaim’ and ‘Welcome To The Family’ with the bar raised higher with each track. Shadows has the crowd in the palm of his hand, the stage show is spectacular, the pyrotechnics themselves are worthy of a headline set and would have been even more impressive under the cover of darkness. The crowd hangs on every word, and screams back every lyric, especially with ‘Almost Easy’ and ‘Bat Country’. A7X get a huge crowd seal of approval to the dedication of ‘Afterlife’ to their passed on brother, and the tongue in cheek spiel about not playing ‘God Hates Us’ on a Sunday gives the crowd even more to cheer about. Avenged Sevenfold and their pyrotechnics slayed it, they probably broke the record for the “Boobs On The Big Screen Counter” but you really couldn’t tell as you didn’t want to miss a thing on the stage.”

“Avenged Sevenfold arrived with the stage decked out like a cemetery and with raging pyrotechnics, A7X turn Download into a seething hell full of thrusting guitars and heavy metal. Breaking out with ‘Nightmare’, the band certainly make their mark. Donning his usual wrap-around sunglasses, frontman Matt Shadows commands the sold-out crowd who lap up everything he throws at them.”

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Avenged Sevenfold are confirmed to headline Download at Donington Park in 2011 alongside System of a Down. The Download Rock music Festival will take place between 10-12 June.

Our boys will take the main stage  on June 11 at 19:15 PM (Europe Time) to 20:30 PM.

Tickets are now on sale. Details can be found  here. For complete news, read this article on their official website.

About their participation, M. Shadows told Kerrang Magazine “We had such an amazing time on our recent UK tour we couldn’t wait to come back!” frontman M. Shadows tells Kerrang!. “It will be a weekend that will go down in the history books. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be playing the festival of festivals!”

Make sure to mark these dates in your agenda for the next year and spread the word.