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I saw a few good ones this year:
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Five Finger Death Punch, twice. And it was worth it to see them twice. They're one of those rare bands that actually sound better live than in the studio and have the stage energy to back the sound up. Soulfly (formerly Sepultura) opened up for them in the first show. I know they're a big metal band and all, but I just can't get into those guys.
I also saw the Aftershock Tour, which was Chevelle, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush along with a few other bands I hadn't heard of before. I was just there for those 4 headlining bands, and they all put on a helluva show. And the crowd was freaking HUGE! We were in Discover Park in Sacramento, CA and it was just a sea of people as far as you looked back. It reminded me of those old videos of Woodstock.
I also saw Iced Earth with Volbeat in Reno, NV. I was quite disappointed in Iced Earth, which was the main reason I went. Not that they played bad, they played quite well. But they only played 5 songs and opened up for Volbeat. Volbeat was just meh, for me. Not a big fan of their stuff. I voiced that opinion on Facebook, and Iced Earth's manager messaged me and told me to remind of this next time Iced Earth comes to our area (which he said Iced Earth is headlining their next tour) and I'll get V.I.P. tickets for free, so that's a pretty freaking sweet deal just for complaining online.
But the grand-daddy of them all, this year or any year was IRON FREAKING MAIDEN!!! Hell yes, they were freaking incredible. Masters at the metal trade. Bruce Dickinson was a shining example of what a metal frontman should be. He owned that stage and had the audience at his command. The stage show was awesome with set changes between songs, pyrotechnics, lazer effects, and a live on-stage Eddie! And they played as you would expect a band with the talent of Iron Maiden to play.
Iron Maiden was one of those kick the bucket list bands. Now I need to see Megadeth, Metallica, and KISS.