Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 7/11/2014
Jim Louvau Avenged Sevenfold was one of many bands at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Full slideshow here.
It was a night of active rock radio hits, pyro, and more of what we've come to know from the best traveling hard rock music festival out there, as the 7th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival made its way through Ak-Chin Pavilion on Friday. Nu metal pioneers Korn and Avenged Sevenfold co-healined the main stage with up-and-comers Asking Alexandria and Trivium.
While fans were still trickling in during Trivium's short opening set with temperatures scorching well above 100 degrees in the pavilion, the band blasted through a quick seven-song, 35-minute opening set. English metalcore act Asking Alexandria followed, to the delight of their younger fan base, which showed up early enough to catch their set while the older guys stood in the back.
Singer Danny Worsnop was full of smiles as his band ran around the stage with a something-to-prove mentality that he clearly didn't match. It's not that Asking Alexandria doesn't have the potential to continue to move up the ranks in the rock world, but Worsnop's lack of metal singer stage presence makes it hard to connect with the material in a live setting, and he is clearly out of shape, as he struggled throughout the set. Valley resident and rhythm guitarist Cameron Liddell along with lead guitarist Ben Bruce are truly the highlight of the band, as they did their best to make up for what the singer lacked. The band's latest single and the track that put them on the map "Break Down the Walls" was not included in their set.