THE ROAD TO GREATNESS
Ahead of their return to Download, we pick seven historic UK gigs that helped Avenged on their journey to the big time
THE UK DEBUT
WHERE: Glasgow QMU
WHEN: February 7, 2004
WE SAY: The moment our nation was introduced to Avenged firsthand during their tour with Lostprophets and The Bronx. While some scoffed at their AFImeets-Guns N’ Roses image, the songs spoke for themselves. Safe to say, they made an impression.
THE FIRST FESTIVAL
WHERE: Reading Festival
WHEN: August 28, 2004
WE SAY: Packing out the Concrete Jungle tent (remember that?), Avenged’s first time on a UK festival stage was an absolute riot, sparking some of the biggest pits of the entire weekend. They stole the day and earned themselves a legion of new followers.
WHERE: Download Festival
WHEN: June 10, 2006
WE SAY: Striding onstage in customised A7X football shirts (that year’s Download took place in the middle of a World Cup), they dominated the main stage, staking their claim as a band destined for bigger things. One of metal’s most promising bands had come of age.
THE BIG SUPPORT SLOT
WHERE: Twickenham Stadium
WHEN: July 5, 2008
WE SAY: Being picked to support Iron Maiden at the metal legends’ biggest ever UK show is no small order, but Avenged went down well with an often-difficult crowd, impressing 80,000 metalheads with a confident, mature showing.
THE REV’S LAST SHOW
WHERE: Sonsiphere Festival
WHEN: August 2, 2009
WE SAY: That A7X’s headline set on Sonisphere’s second stage was one of the most memorable of a weekend that included Metallica speaks volumes. That it was the final show The Rev would ever play lends it an unfortunate – but important – emotional gravitas.
THE DOWNLOAD HEADLINER
WHERE: Download Festival
WHEN: June 13, 2014 WE SAY: eight years after they first impressed on Download’s main stage, Avenged were back as headliners. Packing their mighty Hail To The King set, it was a retina-burning, pyro- and prop-filled feast for the senses; Avenged hadn’t been passed the torch – they had proudly taken it.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
WHERE: London O2 Arena
WHEN: January 21, 2017
WE SAY: Could Avenged recreate the bold ambition of
The Stage live? You bet your ass they could. Using the Cirque Du Soleil as inspiration, Avenged crafted one of the most impressive stage shows ever seen, with the setlist to match. We can only imagine what Download 2018 will bringx…xxxSxxx
Avenged at Download in 2006, already eyeing up the headline slot