AVATAR kicked off their 2018 tour and brought Avatar Country to Express Live in Columbus, Ohio! What an amazing show!! Photos and review here!

Avatar kicked off their North American 2018 tour in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday 1/6/18 and it was incredible!! I’ve seen Avatar numerous times and each time they bring such a fun atmosphere with their performance and their stage setup.

The bands kicked things off with “The King” (Jonas Jarlsby) perched above and behind drummer John Alfredsson.  The King had his kingly garb on sitting in his throne with his guitar shredding the intro music for the night which was a live debut of “Glory To Our King”!  Soon emerged lead singer Johannes Eckerström from the side of the stage adorned in his circus garb.  The band quickly kicked things off with another live debut of their latest “Legend Of The King”.

This non stop music freak show was just awesome!  Guitarist Jonas Jarlsby then worked his way down to the stage and continued to provide thrills on the guitar while Johannes and the rest of the band showed everyone how real headbanging looked on stage.  The set list continued with “Let It Burn” and then “Paint Me Red” two of my favorite Avatar songs.  The performance overall was just so powerful and yet fun at the same time!  The band played 17 songs on the night and debuted 6 new songs off their upcoming album “Avatar Country”.  The band also played “War Song” which was the first time live since 2008!

Avatar is:

Johannes Michael Gustaf Eckerström – Vocals
John Alfredsson – Drums
Kungen – Guitars
Tim Öhrström – Guitars
Henrik Sandelin – Bass

Photos from the show, Tour dates, and links to the band below!

Their are plenty of upcoming tour dates so make sure you get out there and see these guys live!!


Jan-06 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Jan-07 Toronto, ON The Opera House
Jan-09 Montreal, QC Astral
Jan-11 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Jan-12 Boston, MA Brighton
Jan-13 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
Jan-14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
Jan-16 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
Jan-17 Atlanta, GA The Buckhead Theatre
Jan-18 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Jan-19 Houston, TX House of Blues
Jan-20 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Jan-21 San Antonio, TX Aztec
Jan-23 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Jan-24 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
Jan-25 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Jan-28 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Jan-30 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Jan-31 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
Feb-01 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Feb-02 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
Feb-03 Green Bay, WI Sand Lot
Feb-05 Lawrence, KS Granada
Feb-07 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
Feb-08 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Feb-09 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
Feb-10 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
Feb-11 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection


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Avatar Setlist – Columbus, Ohio

Glory To Our King [Live Debut]
Legend of the King [Live Debut]
Let It Burn
Paint Me Red
King’s Harvest [Live Debut]
Bloody Angel
The King Wants You [Live Debut]
Puppet Show
The Eagle Has Landed
War Song [First time live since Feb 02, 2008 ]
Raven Wine
Smells Like a Freakshow
A Statue of the King [Live Debut]
The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country [Live Debut]
Hail the Apocalypse

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