Avatar brings the final night of the Avatar Country World Tour to Las Vegas with support from 68, Dance with the Dead and The Devin Townsend Project
It is the final night of the Avatar Country World Tour and the bands seem determined to make it memorable for the electrified crowd. Four bands are set to play tonight and the crowd has arrived early. Up first is the duo 68. This band is energetic; unique vocalist Josh Scogin and drummer Nikko Yamada display a high technical ability while having fun. Their fun atmosphere perfectly previews the night the crowd is in for.
Dance with the Dead is the next duo to the stage. They are very DJ electronic focused with the two members playing guitar along with the music without vocals. It is during this set that we see the first of the end of the tour pranks. A man wearing a cape comes on stage and steals their smoking skull off of its perch and dances around with it before returning it to it’s rightful place. This lets the crowd know what kind of night they are in for.
Devin Townsend is next. Many in attendance are most familiar with him from his extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad, but this is a different performance. He is solo tonight and walks on the stage wearing more denim than one would think is possible. He is quick to point out that this is part of the last night of the tour pranks courtesy of Avatar. His solo music is deep and meaningful and highlights his strong voice that surprises many in attendance. He spends a lot of the time speaking with the crowd and making jokes. This performance is definitely a departure for those familiar with his extreme metal days, but it really showcases who he is, his musical abilities as well as his personality. These are three unique opening performances that while slightly unexpected they definitely bring a lot to the table. When Devin finishes the crowd is clearly enjoying themselves and ready for Avatar.
The coverings are removed revealing a very large stage setup with risers and tons of lights including lights spelling out Avatar. This Swedish heavy metal band has developed a loyal following and it easy to see why. They put on one of the best theatrical shows out there today, but it is so much more than theatrics. The carnival theme is well known to the fans but for this tour they have added a king theme to it complete with a rising throne and a crown. Frontman Johannes Eckerstrom is equal parts ring master, demented clown and singer. He, along with the rest of the band and the stage show creates the perfect visual to match the music. When a band has this much visual going on it is easy to think they are just fluff, but that is not the case here. The music is fast and played perfectly and the vocal is technical and difficult to match. For the last night of the tour there is not a flaw with the performance.
With the king theme the set-list is heavily king focused with “A Statue of the King,” “Legend of the King,” “King’s Harvest,” “King After King” and “The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country.” These songs are definitely appreciated by the crowd and fans are crowd surfing by the second song of the night “Legend of the King.” They play other favorites like “Paint Me Red,” “Ready for the Ride,” “Get in Line” and “Tower.” Overall, it is a strong set that covers their catalog and plays what the crowd wants to hear. Eckerstrom speaks to the crowd at multiple points during the set and they love this just as much as the performance. After fifteen songs, there is a quick wardrobe change and the band returns for a two song encore surrounded by bubbles. It is the perfect end to an unexpected evening.
Four diverse bands gave an amazing performance showcasing different musical styles capped off by an amazing performance by the headliner. Since this was the last night of the tour, it is not possible to catch this again, but this crowd surely wishes they could.
Event Date: 15-JUN-2019