Exclusive Access: Avatar at The Regent

Swedish heavy metal band Avatar are on the road in support of their latest release and seventh studio album, Avatar Country. The album was released on January 12, 2018. The Avatar Country Tour, kicked off on October 25 at Southern California's Riverside Municipal Auditorium and runs for 63 dates before wrapping up in the band's hometown of Göteborg, Sweden at the Tradgarn on April 7.
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
I caught up with the royal rockers at the Los Angeles stop of the Avatar Country Tour. The show took place in downtown at The Regent Theater. I arrived early for the band's soundcheck so I could check out the elaborate props and stage set up, the carefully curated lighting and detailed banners that transformed the atmosphere into a kind of dark carnival. When the band took the stage for soundcheck, I hardly recognized the group without their normal stage-attire. Avatar frontman Johannes Eckerström's vocals command your attention, even during warm up and especially during their live set.
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
After soundcheck, the band was kind enough to have me document their pre-show process of transforming into the full makeup and costumed Avatar. I spent about an hour in their dressing room, capturing their makeup and pre-set rituals. Each band member took to their own devices and quickly nailed their stage looks. Prior to meeting them I assumed they had a makeup artist on tour with them, but the band do everything flawlessly and entirely by themselves.
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Closer to their set time, the guys started to warm up and prepared to close out the show. Fans were screaming for the band when we entered the venue. The front of the stage was concealed by a large Avatar curtain, which fell and elicited an ever bigger roar from the audience. Avatar's live show includes intricate guitar skills, captivating stage presence, and an all around fun time.
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren
Avatar – By Erica Lauren

To catch Avatar on The Avatar Country Tour, visit LiveNation.com for a list of dates and ticket info.

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Last updated: 20 Mar 2019, 00:52 Etc/UTC