Avatar Scramble For Last-Minute Opener Following Support Injury

25 August 2023 | 12:52 pm | Mary Varvaris
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Our Last Enemy have been forced to suddenly pull out opening for Avatar in Sydney after their guitarist broke his arm.


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Yesterday, Swedish heavy metal outfit Avatar issued a call out for your help: they needed a local support band to open for them in Sydney tomorrow night (26 August).

According to a press release, Sydney industrial metal act Our Last Enemy have been forced to suddenly pull out of the gig at The Metro after their guitarist broke his arm and is unable to perform.

After putting out the call, Avatar were inundated with an abundance of requests, and one band stood out above the rest: Western Sydney’s Pyrefly.

Utopia Records, Sydney’s premier metal music store, has been a demonstration of what promoters have called an “overwhelming” level of support from the city’s music community. The store shared a massive call-out post on social media yesterday afternoon to help find the band to fill Our Last Enemy’s shoes.

“The level of support demonstrated from the Sydney metal community over the last 24 hours has been overwhelming,” tour promoters said in a statement.

Pyrefly added, “We are so grateful for a chance to be a part of this amazing show. As long-time fans of Avatar and proud members of the Sydney music scene, we want to thank everyone for helping us play next to these heavy metal legends.”

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Pyrefly will hit the Metro stage at 8 pm – last minute tickets are available via The Phoenix.

Avatar ended up finding Pyrefly after issuing the following call-out to the Sydney metal music community yesterday afternoon:

Avatar are appealing to you, their fans, to help them fill that much coveted ‘support slot’

Head to their social media pages now and bombard them with your suggestions of who you think should be gifted the rarest of opportunities.

Is it you, your mates band or someone else you’ve been dying to see under those Metro lights?

This is their chance to share the stage with the mighty Avatar!

It’s taken nine albums, 22 years, fan petitions and Australian street teams for Avatar to tour Australia. They take over Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.

After Dance Devil Dance debuted at #1 in metal, #1 in rock and #6 for all albums on the Australian iTunes charts, it’s finally our turn to witness the power of Avatar in the flesh. You can find the tour dates below.



Friday, 25 August - 170 Russell, Melbourne

Saturday, 26 August - The Metro, Sydney

Sunday, 27 August - The Triffid, Brisbane