Gig Review

Avenged Sevenfold
Stone Sour
London, Hammersmith Apollo
30th October 2010
Avenged Sevenfold                      Stone Sour                   
Photo Of Stone Sour © Copyright TriggerTonight the Apollo in Hammersmith hosted a night of rock music that will not be forgotten in a long time, the bill consisted of Hell Yeah, Stone Sour and Avenged Sevenfold and was the first night of a double bill of sold out shows at the venue for the bands.

The queue for the show spiralled around the venue many hours before the doors opened at 6.30pm and all the surrounding pubs were full of alternative music fans grabbing a few pre gig drinks, we headed down to the venue halfway through the set of Hell Yeah knowing that the band were going to be off stage before we get in but due to the queues outside tonight it proved to be the best idea for getting speedy entry to the venue.

When we got in the first thing I noticed judging by the t-shirts was that there was a lot more Avenged Sevenfold fans in the venue tonight compared to the other two bands on the bill but then again that was to be expected with Avenged Sevenfold being billed at the top since the co-headline tour was announced many months ago.

Photo Of Stone Sour © Copyright TriggerStone Sour took to the stage at 8.25pm and as soon as the white curtain fell down to reveal the Audio Secrecy background and the band spread out evenly across the massive stage of the Apollo the crowd went mad head banging, jumping and generally singing-a-long to the opening track ‘Mission Statement’, next up was ‘Reborn’ which took the mosh pit to another level with Corey’s Slipknot style loud raw vocals and general heavy instrumental work which was defiantly turned up a couple of notches extra tonight.

Corey Taylor is one of the most perfect front men ever he has that whole rock oomph where he plays every live show as it is his last he also has those cross over vocals which see’s him perfectly execute loud aggressive screams and more melodic singing and most importantly he interacts with the crowd so much having a laugh and chat on every occasion that he gets.

Photo Of Stone Sour © Copyright TriggerOne of the biggest highlights from Stone Sour’s set was when they blasted into their latest single ‘Say You’ll Haunt Me’ which brought the venue alive with the whole crowd singing along word for word, however the biggest hightlight and most emotional moment of the set was when Corey Taylor took to the stage by himself for ‘Bother’ which was dedicated to Corey and Jim’s Slipknot band member Paul Gray who sadly passed away back in May, it was clear to see this was an emotional moment for both Corey and the majority of the crowd with so many people fighting back tears.

Towards the end of the set Corey Taylor takes to the stage with the gold record that the band received only a few days previously for their second album ‘Come What(ever) May’ and Corey goes on to thank everyone for buying the album and helping to get the band where they are today, before returning to business to finish the set with ‘Through Glass’, ‘Hell And Consequences’ and the fantastic closer ‘30/30-150’ which managed to zap the last bit of energy from this mosh hungry Stone Sour fans.

Photo Of Avenged Sevenfold © Copyright TriggerAfter stone Sour left the stage I wondered how Avenged Sevenfold could possibly beat them as tonight’s Stone Sour set was one of the best that I have ever witnessed them play and they have Cleary proved that they are a band who are at the top of their game.

It was a good 30minute wait for Avenged Sevenfold after Stone Sour finished and that time went fast and before I knew it the lights dimmed and the big white curtain fell to reveal one of the most perfect stage set up’s that I have seen in a long time with a big cemetery with “A7X” written over the massive gates, with skulls hanging all over the place and enough pyrotechnics to burn the venue down and also give the kings of pyrotechnics Rammistein a good run for their money.

Due to it being devils night (the night before Halloween) Synyster Gates and Johnny Christ took to the stage with Halloween masks on which latest for the best part of two songs, M Shadows took centre stage stood on a massive platform block dressed in his normal attire of black backwords cap, sunglasses and a big coat, Zacky Vengeance was dressed in a white shirt with a red tie and black suit jacket whilst temporary drummer Mike Portney seemed to be loving every minute behind the drums and did a good job knocking out the drum beats which The Rev originally created.

Photo Of Avenged Sevenfold © Copyright TriggerAvenged Sevenfold opened with the title track of their current album ‘Nightmare’ and it was the most perfect opening moment I have seen in my life, it was the day before Halloween, the stage was set up like a cemetery, the band were dressed up to match the theme and the big angry spook fest of ‘Nightmare’ was blasted out at such a fast and hectic pace that the mosh pit erupted into frenzy and everyone from the front to the back of the venue was singing along.

Photo Of Avenged Sevenfold © Copyright TriggerNext up was ‘Critical Claim’ the opening track from the self titled album, the fans took to this song really well and towards the end of the song M Shadows decided that he was going to have the time of his life tonight and dived straight into the crowd where he got mobbed by hundreds of Avenged Sevenfold fans who were totally beside themselves.

During the opening of ‘Welcome To The Family’ Mike Portney got to show off his drumming skills with an extended drum solo at the beginning which went down so well and proved just how welcome Mike is to Avenged Sevenfold and their fans.

Photo Of Avenged Sevenfold © Copyright TriggerThe most emotional and unforgettable moment of the night was when M Shadows made a speech about The Rev who sadly passed away last December, a big banner of The Rev get’s displayed at the back of the stage and an emotional rendition of ‘So Far Away’ is played in memory and respect to The Rev with the majority of the crowd fighting back tears.

At the end of the set M Shadows gives the crowd the choice of the closing track which was out of ‘Bat Country’ and ‘Almost Easy’ and ‘Bat Country’ was the outright winner and the extreme moshing proved just how welcome that choice was.

Overall tonight’s show was fantastic and thousands of people got to see both Stone Sour and Avenged Sevenfold at the top of their game, it was a co headline tour where both bands had an hour set each on paper it doesn’t sound enough time but in person it was more than enough, I am not sure how the bands worked out who was going to headline each night but in my eyes the classic game of “paper, rock, scissors” is the only fair choice as both Stone Sour and Avenged Sevenfold were on par tonight and helped rip Hammersmith Apollo a new one.

Stone Sour 5/5
Avenged Sevenfold 5/5

Review By Trigger

 Avenged Sevenfold

M. Shadows
Zacky Vengeance
Synyster Gates
Johnny Christ
Mike Portney

 Stone Sour

Corey Taylor
Jim Root
Josh Rand
Shawn Economaki
Roy Mayorga

 Band Related Links
Avenged Sevenfold Myspace
Stone Sour Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?