According to Ralph Sutton, host of the SDR Show and Master of Ceremonies for Shiprocked, when Shiprockers are asked what bands they would most like to sail with, Sweden’s Avatar is the most requested. The excitement surrounding the booking announcement was, however, surpassed by the sheer frenzy of activity on the main deck by an anxious crowd awaiting Avatar’s first performance. The anticipation appeared to be two-fold: Avatards, as their fans are known, awaiting their beloved band, and those rockers who were curious to see what the Avatar-related fuss was about. By the end of the first song, those two camps were indiscernible. Avatar took the stage with all the pomp and circumstance of theatrical band, but unlike so many groups that rely on the show to earn fans, Avatar has serious substance behind their imagery. They rock hard, connect with the crowd, deliver profound ideas via prolific lyrics accompanied by expert musicianship.