Avatar at Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY 17-SEP-2019

Lexington is Avatar Country!

In early January 2018, Swedish metal masters Avatar released their 7th studio album, Avatar Country to rousing acclaim and kicked off a themed tour shortly afterward. Since the album lease Avatar has toured relentlessly across the globe transforming the cities they perform into the ‘Avatar Country’ family.  As Frontman Johannes Eckerström explained, “We made an album that we wanted to make and are very happy with it, after this tour, it’s time to go back into the studio and create the next chapter in the Avatar story”.  Avatar is currently on their final tour of 2019, traveling across the US with Babymetal (The tour runs through October 4th).

This evening a great crowd of metal fans, some who queued before 1 PM for a chance to be front and center at the barrier for their favorite band, flocked to Lexington see the Spectacle that is Avatar. Avatar wasted no time getting to business, immediately launching into one of their biggest hits “Hail the Apocalypse” and the evening was off to a fast start.

An Avatar show is so much more than the awesome melodic death/Industrial/progressive metal they play, it is the entire production and showmanship that comes pouring from the stage at you. The overall Carnival/circus type stage theme, the relentless guitar riffs along with the constant headbanging and hair whips create an elaborate, visually exciting show experience.  Back to the music, Avatar cover all the bases tonight with favorites from the Avatar Country album along with fan favorites “Let It Burn,” “Puppet Show” and “The Eagle has Landed” before ending their main set with “Torn Apart.”

Chants of AVATAR bring the guys back to the stage to a great ovation. For the last time tonight Johannes is center stage addressing the crowd – “You’re a loud bunch Lexington, this has been a wild night Lexington – Lexington is Avatar Country!  We are Avatar from Gothenburg, Sweden and we thank you for being here with us tonight – this is “Smells like a Freak Show” ending the show in a great way and leaving fans happy and satisfied.

Opening the show this evening were the red hot duo ’68.  With a crazy fast set of original songs, singer/guitarist Josh Scogin and drummer Michael McClellan are non-stop energy from the word go. Taking a quick break to catch his breath Josh explains “They call us the ‘68 cause that’s our band name, actually, we are a rock duo for tax purposes but that’s neither here nor there. If you ever get to go on tour with Avatar you should! It’s been a blast! Here is a brand new song although I realize all of these songs are probably new to you” before finishing their set with the same fire and intensity they started.

Opening the show are the French duo, The Inspector Cluzo. This was their first time in Kentucky, and it seems they had played in 65 countries prior before this tour of the US and now can increase the count by 1 to 66.   The Inspector Cluzo features Malcom Lacrouts on guitar/vocals and Phil Jourdain with drums & backing vocals. On top of a lively set of hard-driving in your face rock noise, we also learned from Phil Jourdain how to do a sexy French dance!

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