Avenged Sevenfold Leads the Life Is But A Dream Tour to Kansas City

Avenged Sevenfold at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. (Photo credit: Reagan Johnson)

REAGAN JOHNSON | Go Venue Magazine

Avenged Sevenfold played at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City on Tuesday, September 26th. The band is on tour supporting their newest album, Life Is But a Dream. The album was released on June 2nd of this year. Supporting acts, Kim Dracula and Falling in Reverse were set to open the show.

Kim Dracula is an up-and-coming artist from Australia, and they started the show-off with a bang. This is Kim Dracula’s first tour, and many people in the crowd had never heard them before. Inquiring whispers could be heard as the set started. Kim opened with the song Superhero, from their debut album, A Gradual Decline in Morale. It was fun to watch the crowd react to this act for the first time live. With every song, more crowd movement could be seen, and cheers broke out. Their cover of the Lady Gaga hit, Paparazzi, had new and old fans singing along. Kim Dracula is definitely a new act to keep an eye on.

Next to take the stage was Falling in Reverse. The excitement was palpable leading up to the set. As soon as the band played the first notes of their song, The Drug In Me Is You, the crowd was already in a full uproar. Everyone was dancing and singing along to their favorites. I really got the sense that this band means so much to their fans. In addition to the diehard original fans, there were also a lot of very young fans in attendance. It was great to see the next generation still showing up for these bands. With such powerful lyrics, clean vocals, and driving instrumentals, it’s easy to see why their fanbase is still quickly growing.

Finally, it was time for Avenged Sevenfold to take the stage. The crowd was buzzing with excitement. Huge smiles filled the building, and fans cheered and chanted for their favorite band to take the stage. They took to the stage with their song Game Over, from their new album. Later in the set, lead singer M. Shadows took a moment to talk about why the band got back together. He stressed that the band wanted to do this for their fans and that they owe their success to all of them. He talked about losing The Rev, a beloved former member of the band when he passed away in 2009. On that note, the band started their song, So Far Away, and asked the crowd to remember their own lost loved ones. Emotions were high, and some tears were shed. Once the band started their song, Bat Country, the crowd opened up a good-sized circle pit, and even people in the stands couldn’t stand still. This song is one that everyone should experience live at least once. All five band members are exceptionally talented, and every second they are on stage is packed with incredible quality performance. Avenged Sevenfold has such a dedicated following. It’s not every day that you get to go to a show where it seems like everyone in attendance is the band’s number one fan. It makes for such a special concert experience. The fans and the band both seem equally grateful for each other, and the energy that everyone brings to an Avenged Sevenfold show is something rare.

All images © Reagan Johnson

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