January 29th, New Medicine, Hollywood Undead, andStone Sourperformed at U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, just before Avenged Sevenfold took the stage. As each band played, the crowd continued to get louder and became consumed by the energy in the room. Nobody was prepared for the thrill these bands provided.
New Medicine, the first band of the night, surprised the crowd with a unique sound. With only one studio album, the little known band certainly made a great first impression. They performed their new single “Laid” which proved they had the talent to put on a wonderful show. The lead singer, Jake Scherer, amazed the audience with his unique, but incredible voice. Afterwards, the band members roamed the stands selling their new album, titled Race You to the Bottom.
Although New Medicine increased the audience energy, Hollywood Undead successfully caught the crowd’s attention with their opening song, the famous single, “Undead.” The band showed an enormous amount of energy on stage, playing tracks from their most recent album Desperate Measures. The band closed with the upbeat song, “Everywhere I Go” which had everyone singing about “Charlie Scene’s weenie.”
Stone Sour ran on stage and dove right into the song “Mission Statement.” Corey Taylor’s energetic rampage displayed the band’s excitement to be on stage. Fortunately, for those attending the show, Taylor announced Cincinnati was the first place they had performed the single “Hesitate” while on tour. The band included songs from the previous album Come Whatever May. Overall, the crowd really enjoyed Stone Sour’s enthusiastic presence on stage.
Finally, as time passed and the stage crew finished their job, the curtains fell. A man suspended from the rafters and hung over the graveyard scene with the Nightmare album cover behind. Suddenly, the entire crowd screamed, “It’s your fucking nightmare!” Avenged Sevenfold appeared on stage and begun the show with “Nightmare” which brought every person in the audience to their feet. The energy the band brought to the crowd was absolutely unbelievable. Throughout the entire arena, every fist was in the air, singing along. Arin Ilejay was an incredible addition to the family for the duration of the tour. M. Shadows, vocalist, sang “Danger Line” in support of the troops overseas. The conversions between their newest album and their older hits, kept the crowd on their feet and wanting more.
Avenged Sevenfold began to walk off stage after the song “Unholy Confessions,” but were begged for an encore. Sure enough, they returned and a spotlight hung over an organ in remembrance of The Reverend, Jimmy Sullivan. M. Shadows performed “Fiction” which was dedicated to the former drummer. Next, Shadows invited the audience in singing one of their most famous hits and the last song of the night, “A Little Piece of Heaven” which ended the show on a happier, upbeat note. As for the rest of Avenged Sevenfold’s fans, Shadows announced they will be performing once again this year at Rock on the Range.