Lunatic Luau: May 2 Virginia Beach

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lunaticLua     Lunatic Luau 14 was held at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach on May 2nd.  The local radio station, FM99 host this festival each year and they put together an incredible lineup of rock and metal bands to please almost any rock fan in attendance.  With Mayhem fest skipping my area the past 3 years, we have not gotten much hard rock or metal shows at all. Warped tour is the closest thing to the genre we have here, so this was a great surprise to all fans in the Hampton roads area. The line up included :

 

 
Fuzion Ink Tattoo Side Stage

SINN : BATTLE OF THE BANDS WINNER  2:45pm – 3:05
DEVOUR THE DAY  3:15pm – 3:35
KYNG  4:05pm – 4:25
ADELITA’S WAY  5:05pm – 5:35
SALIVA  6:20pm – 6:55
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE  7:45pm – 8:30

 Main Stage

SEA OF SOULS  3:35pm – 4:05
TRIVIUM  4:25pm – 5:05
POP EVIL  5:35pm – 6:20
VOLBEAT  6:55pm – 7:45
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH  8:30pm – 9:20
AVENGED SEVENFOLD  9:50pm – 10:50

      Trivium were one of the most anticipated bands of the day for me. I had the pleasure of shooting the show in December at the Norva. They had a short, yet fun set for any fan, new or old.  Lead guitarist, Corey Beaulieu started the show off with the catchy riff of Brave This Storm, the single off their latest album, Vengeance Falls. The surprise and highlight for me was the second dong they played, dying in your arms. Out of the 8 times I have witnessed them play live, I had never heard this song….which some will say is the song that put them on the map.

Brave This Storm
Dying in Your Arms 
Strife
Built to Fall
Down from the Sky
In Waves  

Volbeat has gotten a lot of attention recently from the radio station FM99 who put on today’s show. I personally have never listened to any of their material at all so I had no idea of what to expect. Musically I enjoyed them, but I was not a fan of the vocals. I was very impressed by lead guitarist Rob Caggniano (formerly of Anthrax) and the way he played. The most energetic and interactive of the 4 piece.

Doc Holliday
Boa [JDM] 
Lola Montez 
Sad Man’s Tongue 
16 Dollars 
Dead but Rising 
Evelyn (With Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu of Trivium)
Still Counting 
The Hangman’s Body Count The Human Instrument / A Warrior’s Call 

 

Killswitch Engage was the best band in my opinion, of the entire day. I am slightly biased though, seeing as I have been a fan for 10 years now. Frontman Jesse Leach came out swinging and put on the best vocal performance that I have witness in the 3 times I have been lucky enough to see in the past 2 years. Guitarist and comedian in his own right, Adam D. was his usual ball of energy, jumping, running, and flying around the stage. Only this time, he was missing the ever classic cape which he typically wears on stage.  I have been honored to photograph them 2 other times recently and the whole band was really on their game tonight and gave the best performance yet.  I was hindered by complications during the allotted time to shoot pictures, so I did not get as many great shots as I would have liked. Regardless of that, it was still by far the best set of my entire day.

 

A Bid Farewell
The New Awakening
Rose of Sharyn
Life to Lifeless
Always
My Last Serenade
In Due Time
The End of Heartache
My Curse
Holy Diver 

 

Five finger death punch was a pleasant surprise for me. I have never followed them at all, but I knew way more songs than I expected and caught myself singing while shooting pictures from the photo pit. I guess it was apparent that I was singing because I got a lot of attention and eye contact from the members during the set. It seemed like they were why a huge majority of the crowd was at this show from all the shirts and loud chants right before the band walked on stage. Singer Ivan Moody came out running full speed into a gigantic leap from a riser on stage. This alone set the tone for the hour long set they played.

 

 

Under and Over It
Burn It Down
Hard to See
Lift Me Up
Bad Company
Burn MF
Coming Down
Never Enough
Here to Die
The Bleeding 

      Avenged Sevenfold was last to play, and man did they bring their A game. I was blown away by the level of production for just an hour long set. No detail was sparred, or pyro for that matter. It was honestly on par with Kiss for the best stage show I have witnessed. The newest single from the band, Shepard of Fire, was a perfect opener. Complete with a wall of flames throughout most of the song. Being a fan of the band, I had an absolute blast singing my lungs out while shooting the first 3 songs of the set. Unfortunately, this was not a full headlining set like the rest of this tour was, so they had to cut a bunch of material yet managed to whittle it down to an awesome set spanning each release to date.

 

Shepherd of Fire
Critical Acclaim
Bat Country
Hail to the King
Buried Alive
Fiction
Nightmare
Afterlife
This Means War
Unholy Confessions 

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