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Ghost, Deftones, Avenged Sevenfold; October 22nd, 2013, Omaha, Nebraska

October 22nd, 2013
Omaha, Nebraska
Century Link Center

The weather in Omaha was cold and rainy but that didn’t stop the thriving masses from packing into the Century Link Center to celebrate the return of Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones, and the inaugural visit of Sweden’s Ghost.

Ghost’s Setlist;
Intro; Masked Ball  [Jocelyn Pook]
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Con Clavi Con Dio
Stand by Him
Year Zero
Monstrance Clock

Ghost took the stage around 7:30 to a packed floor. The majority of the fans had already made their way into the venue and taken their places in the pit. Being the first time Ghost had played Omaha, the majority of the fans looked on in fascination and confusion as the masked Swedish men took the stage. Those familiar with the heavy metal symphonic band moshed around the confused fans.Deftones’ Setlist;
Diamond Eyes
Rocket Skates
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Swerve City
Change (In the House of Flies)
Engine No. 9
7 WordsCelebrating their 25th year as a band in 2013, Deftones aren’t slowing down any time soon. The band released their 7th studio album in the fall of 2012 and have been touring almost non stop since then. Having played last summer for Knotfest, it was great to see one of my favorite band’s return to Omaha so soon.
The moment the venue’s lights went dark, the fans screamed their approval of Deftones’ return to Omaha. From the opening chords of Diamond Eyes, through the blistering riffs of My Own Summer and until the last verse of 7 Words, the crowd fed off of lead singer Chino Moreno’s energy.  Moreno bounced and lept from nearly every surface of the stage that he could during the band’s hour long performance, whipping his microphone chord like a he was taming a wild beast during Rocket Skates, Poltergeist and Engine No. 9. and looking damn sexy in a Siouxsie and the Banshees vintage t-shirt.
While Chi Cheng will always be missed by the band’s fans, Sergio Vega fits in well with the band and is one of the most energetic bass players I’ve seen on stage. Abe Cunningham is a brilliant drummer to witness in person. Cunningham’s sophisticated drumming technics on the band’s studio releases always transfers over beautifully into their live set. Stephen Carpenter maintained his position at stage right throughout the band’s set.
Seemingly the strong silent member, Carpenter hammered out brutal riffs and sent the crowd into a frenzy. Lastly, let’s not forget about Frank Delgado. One crowd member, obviously seeing the band live for the first time, commented on how odd the band’s stage set up was with Abe’s drumkit on the far side of stage left. I pointed out Delgado’s DJ booth. While sometimes over looked, Delgado brings a lot of the band’s subtle undertones to life during their live set.
After playing thousands of live shows, Detones know how to put on an amazing show and keep the attention of their fans. While almost close to a “Greatest Hits” setlist, the band chose to showcase the heaviest and most melodic tracks from 5 of their 7 releases.

Avenged Sevenfold’s Setlist;
Shepherd of Fire
Critical Acclaim
Welcome to the Family
Hail to the King
Doing Time
Buried Alive
This Means War
Bat Country
Chapter Four
Unholy Confessions

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