Come one, come all. Hear the glorious tale of how our King and Avatar have conquered Mr. Smalls on their headlining tour.
Tuesday, May 21st, Avatar came to town fresh off a successful trek at Sonic Temple Festival. This theatric Swedish band is no doubt one to see with your very own eyes.
Before the concert had started, there was an intro track playing as an announcement noting that the King has entered the building. Followed by that, the lights had dimmed. Moments later the lights began to shine on the stage where the King slowly arose being seated on his rightful throne. Fans were chanting and cheering. The rest of the Motley Crue came out and began to play “A Statue of the King”. Frontman Johannes came up front to his podium to begin what would be such a momentous night.
The entire setlist was unforgettable. Only knowing mainstay songs coming into this performance took my expectations of what to expect and glorified it to one hundred. When songs like “The Eagle Has Landed” and “Tower” were up to turn, I was blown away. A moment that made me grin like a Cheshire Cat was when during the song “Puppet Show”, I had turned back to see a sock puppet being lifted up by a fan.
Throughout the entire concert, Avatar had this energy that I had never seen in a band. The flow between the band members was a sight I absolutely indulged in. The love between Avatar and their fans, the involvement between the crowd and band is truly an amazing sight.
What makes Avatar different from the rest is that they are unapologetically themselves when it comes to their music and characters. They embrace being divergent. They relish in it. This was made clear when Johannes had made a few speeches in between songs. As someone who has felt “different” her entire life, it resonated with me profoundly. I highly welcome such bands who dare to be “the outcasts”. Who defines who they are, and are not afraid to be just who they are.
If the chance ever comes where Avatar is in your city, I highly implore you to go see them. Give them all the love and support. These lovely gentlemen were some of the most relaxed and grounded people I’ve seen in a long time. They deserve all they have and so much more. Tim, John, Henrik, Jonas, and Johannes were so attentive to the fans after the show. As someone who is an avid concert goer, I love seeing the band being so dedicated to their fans.
I look forward to seeing them grow and migrating to bigger venues in the future. This will allow for so much more to be done with their stage set up. I can tell its begging for that day. No doubt in my mind, that time will come, and soon.