Theory of Deadman is one of my favorite bands... so when I got tickets to the Avalanche Tour with those midnight birthday cupcakes I was amped! Such a killer lineup of rockers, I knew it would be a great show. Doors opened at 5p for a 6p start and they weren't messing around, The Art of Dying started at 6 sharp. I wasn't familiar with them before seeing them live, and they impressed me. (Download: Best I Can). Next up was Halestorm, led by the frenzied powerhouse, Lzzy Hale. She bottles up Joan Jett, Amy Lee (Evanescence) and Hayley Williams (Paramore) in a cocky, rough-around-the-edges package. Her brother drums for the band bearing their surname, and they rocked it. (Download: Familiar Taste of Poison). Skillet was up third, and they were fantastic! Complete with a cellist and violinist who both kill it, they delivered a seriously rockin' performance. (Download: Awake and Alive). Theory finally took the stage fourth, and it was evident that Tyler was sick and was straining his voice. Sadness! They still put on a good show, but he wasn't packing the power he usually does. I was excited to hear they're releasing a new album in July- the first since their platinum selling albums Scars and Souvenirs. (Download: Santa Monica; Since You've Been Gone; By the Way).