A loud and aggressive 'Welcome'

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Published on April 17, 2014

M. Shadows performs during Avenged Sevenfold's show at Mosaic Place April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

Synyster Gates, of Avenged Sevenfold, performs at Moose Jaw's Mosaic Place on April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold performs at Mosaic Place April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

M. Shadows, awash in blue light, performs at Moose Jaw's Mosaic Place with his band Avenged Sevenfold on April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

Russell Allen, formerly the frontman of Static-X and now of Adrenaline Mob, performs as one of two opening acts for Avenged Sevenfold April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

John Moyer, formerly of Disturbed, performs with Adrenaline Mob as one of two opening acts to Avenged Sevenfold April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

Chad Grey of Hellyeah poses for the crowd during his band's opening set for Avenged Sevenfold at Mosaic Place April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

Hellyeah's Kyle Sanders performs as part of the band's opening set for Avenged Sevenfold April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

Tom Maxwell, previously of Nothingface, performs with Hellyeah as part of the band's opening set for Avenged Sevenfold April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

Chad Gray of Hellyeah performs during the band's opening set for Avenged Sevenfold April 16.

Published on April 17, 2014

Hellyeah performs while fans mosh at Mosaic Place April 16.

Avenged Sevenfold plays Mosaic Place

For a few hours on Wednesday, the crowd at Mosaic Place was invited to join the Avenged Sevenfold family.

The American rock act rolled in to Moose Jaw alongside openers Adrenaline Mob and Hellyeah, and for anyone who paid the price of admission, this triple bill likely did not disappoint: a fair share of screaming, more than one power solo, and a healthy dose of pyrotechnics — which this reviewer is fairly certain was a Mosaic Place first — during the main act are just a small sample of the many stops pulled out to impress a crowd that leaned toward the younger side.

 and some of their better-known songs, including You Wouldn't Know.

But the main attraction was Avenged Sevenfold, as was made evident when the band's set was revealed while AC/DC's Back In Black poured out of the arena's sound system. 

The band itself opened with Shepherd of Fire segueing into Critical Acclaim. The second song was accompanied by a healthy array of pyrotechnics, drawing excited roars from an audience that by that point had started crowd-surfing over the barricade in a bid to get closer to the band.

A brief interlude followed, with M. Shadows working the crowd by asking how many in the audience had seen Avenged Sevenfold — drawing a wave of cheers and screams from the audience. A second, much louder wave was drawn out when Shadows asked the audience who had never been to a show.

He then welcomed the entirety of the crowd to Avenged Sevenfold's "f---ed up family" as the band launched into Welcome to the Family.

The set was rounded out with the band's catalogue of blistering hits, from Hail to the King to Bat Country.

Avenged Sevenfold and their openers aren't bands for everybody — least of all for people who value their hearing — but for those who came to see a metal show, they must have been a blast.

The roar of the Mosaic Place crowd is probably the best testament to that.

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Organizations: AC/DC

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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