Entries tagged with: Megadeth
by Doug Moore
Prince Harry in martial regalia
It's always a little weird to hear that the offspring of famous political figures listen to metal. Chiara de Blasio apparently gets down with the riffment. According to Dominic West -- best known for his roles as Jimmy McNulty from The Wire and the traitorous Greek politician Theron in 300 -- the UK's Prince Harry also enjoys shredding guitars and yelling dudes, with a particular interest in the Big Four of American thrash metal. (That's Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax, if you're not familiar.)
According to the Daily Star, the two went on a charitable South Pole expedition together for Walking With the Wounded, a British organization that serves wounded military veterans. (Harry is a captain in the British Army and a veteran attack helicopter pilot.) West was apparently none too taken with the contents of the prince's music collection:
"Harry has a terrible selection on his iPod. It is the sort of thing soldiers listen to. Hardcore thrash metal."On one hand, it's not all that shocking to hear that a military man in his late 20s is into metal, regardless of his lineage. On the other, it's pretty awesome to imagine "Chemical Warfare" rattling the walls of various British royal residencies.
West offers a few more chestnuts about Harry's predilection for extremely dirty jokes and elaborately-constructed field latrines in the Daily Star story. Read it here.
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Some of those logos look different...
Clothier, dorm room furnisher, vinyl outlet and soon-to-be-Williamsburg-retailer (maybe with a liquor licence), Urban Outfitters recently released a pair of hand painted leather jackets that have been raising some eyebrows around the Internet. The jackets, a Crass-Sex Pistols-Clash mashup and a Dio-Megadeth-W.A.S.P. disaster, are selling for $375, here and here respectively. For that amount, you could buy two of The Clash's massive $175 Sound System, but you can't wear a box set of complete remastered works. Mind you UO's website says they're genuine vintage and only have one of each. They've been available for a while -- who would pull the trigger on these babies?
In the spirit of all things apparel, a preview of metal and hip hop themed holiday sweaters that you might actually think about wearing, below...
Megadeth are playing The Wellmont Theater on November 29 in Montclair, NJ and The Paramount on December 3 in Huntington, NY. Tickets to those shows go on Live Nation/Mobile App presales today at 10 AM (password: "scorcher"). General on-sale begins Friday (9/27) at 10 AM.
Lissie is playing Webster Hall on November 25. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (9/27) at noon.
Breton are playing Glasslands on December 13. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Frontier Ruckus are playing Mercury Lounge on December 5. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (9/27) at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
As mentioned, Megadeth"s Gigantour is returning this year. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the NYC dates will happen on August 6 and 7 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on Citi Cardmember/Live Nation presales today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (6/21) at noon.
Travis are playing Webster Hall on September 23 with Luke Rathborne Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (6/21) at noon.
Tickets for the June 21st Psychedelic Furs show at Paramount Theater are on sale today - $20 each+fees if you buy four. Use code "Furs" on ticketmaster to get the deal.
LA soulful singer-songwriter ZZ Ward who has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Grace Potter and Fitz & the Tantrums plays Warsaw in Brooklyn on Friday night and tickets are still available.
The next monthly Red Bull Sound Select show in NYC happens at Drom on June 25 with an East Village Radio-curated line-up of Bridget Kelly, Wavy Spice, and Chippy Nonstop. Like the other monthly RBSS shows, it's $3 at the door.
by Fred Pessaro
Ozzy's old guitarist and Pantera's drummer are part of the (Republican?) party too...
Megadeth at MSG (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth's Gigantour, a colossal carnival of major label mediocrity, will roll back out on the road this summer. There the ex-Metallica lead-guitarist-and current-Megadeth-mainstay Dave Mustaine will collide with former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and his new project, er-Newsted (who meanwhile is on a headlining tour), for dates with Zakk Wylde's band Black Label Society (current Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo is an ex-member), Device, Hellyeah (featuring Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul), and Death Division. All dates are listed below.
Interested parties can catch Gigantour in NYC on August 7th at a location TBA, August 9th in Camden at Susquehanna Center (on sale today), July 5 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT (on sale today) and July 6th at Marvin Sands PAC in Canadaigua (on sale today). Get your tickets.
Full tour dates are below alongside some classic Megadeth (not Megadeath, New York Times). No word on when the masses will figure out that Hellyeah is actually terrible, but we'll keep you posted...
Metallica with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton
Today, March 5, is a significant day in the lore of one of the most influential bands in metal, the one and only Metallica. Thirty years ago, legendary bassist Cliff Burton joined the Bay Area crew, taking the band to a new apex with his amazing abilities and unique take on the instrument. Pictures from the era, courtesy of Brian Lew, the author of Murder in the Front Row, can be seen at Invisible Oranges. Not to be missed.
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
Starland Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
Another victim of Sandy. The NJ music venue writes:
A MESSAGE FROM THE STARLAND BALLROOM:Damn. See below for a list of shows affected:
The last two weeks in New Jersey have been a testament to our state's resilience. We've witnessed New Jersey's worst days, but also its greatest humanity. We've seen destruction, but we've also seen ho
pe, hard work and determination.
Our situation at Starland is a microcosm of these scenarios -- yet one we realize is significantly less important than one's home, family or livelihood. Hurricane Sandy devastated our electrical system and damaged our sound, lighting, heating / cooling and plumbing systems - all necessary ingredients in operating a public venue. Given the demand for these components in the regional housing and commercial sectors, we do not anticipate being able to open again until Spring 2013.
Speaking of 2013, it's the year in which we intend to celebrate Starland Ballroom's 10th anniversary. So we're dedicated to taking this time to rebuild the state's best concert venue, and make it even better. We'll take inspiration from all of our New Jersey neighbors who are working hard to get their lives back to normal. When it's all said and done, we'll be here for some of the best live concert celebrations available.
You can help in this effort: Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions and ideas on how to make Starland even better. We'll read every last one of them.
Most of our shows will be canceled. A few will be moved to new locations. We'll have them listed here and at Starlandballroom.com ASAP.
Fans holding tickets to the canceled shows will receive a full refund, including fees. If you bought tickets online or via phone, you will receive an automatic refund within 7-10 business days. If you bought your tickets from a Ticketmaster retail outlet, you may return your tickets to that exact location for your refund. Tickets purchased here at Starland can be turned in for a full refund plus service fees during new hours of operation - Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6pm and Saturdays from 11am-2pm. The Box Office will not be open on Thanksgiving. Fans holding tickets to relocated shows, but unable to attend due to the new location, are also entitled to a refund. 2012 Starland SeasonPass holders will be permitted to use their passes for shows in 2013.
We regret that any of these shows are going away, but not as much as we regret the pain, suffering and destruction experienced by our customers throughout the Garden State. Much like the spirit of New Jersey, you can't stop rock n' roll. And we don't intend to.
Jersey proud, Starlanders. We'll see you soon.
Megadeth are touring, playing Countdown to Extinction in its entirety, playing The Paramount in Huntington, NY on November 9, The Oakfield Theatre in Wallingford, CT on November 13 and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on November 14. Tickets are on venue presale right now. Paramount's password is "PULSE."
Thumbs down Internet! (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We didn't personally use the word "endorse" anywhere in our post earlier today, and neither did Dave Mustaine in the interview where he said, "I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum." But this thing has been around the internet and back again today, and some peeps may have used the word "endorse", which maybe makes it sound too official and stuff, and so the Megadeth frontman is not happy about that and he issued the following statement:
"Contrary to how some people have interpreted my words, I have not endorsed any presidential candidate. What I did say was that I hope to see a Republican in the White House. I've seen good qualities in all the candidates but by no means have made my choice yet. I respect the fact that Santorum took time off from his campaign to be with his sick daughter, but I never used the word 'endorse.'"So there you have it.
In unrelated news, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper just announced a tour!
Dave Mutaine picks his candidate (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth is currently on the road with Motorhead as part of Gigantour. The show came to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and even more recently to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Right before that they stopped in Canada and that's where MusicRadar caught up with frontman Dave Mustaine. Here's part of their chat:
Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election. What's your take on US politics in 2012?Gigantour continues.
Dave: "I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see.
"Looking at the Republican candidates, I've got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there's some questions there. And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was - that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.
"Ron Paul... you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide - 98 percent of it's inert gases, but it's the two percent that's left that will kill you. What that means is that he'll make total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban... I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.
"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney... You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum."
Good thing there was no Megadeth in Obama's Spotify playlist which contains some of what you would expect like Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, and at least one "whoah!" aka a fairly small band from Portland who are signed to Knitting Factory Records and that is AgesandAges. Congrats to them! (though of course it should be noted that, to be more specific, the Spotify playlist "features picks by the campaign staff--including a few of President Obama's favorites." Check out the whole thing on Spotify.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Megadeth's Gigantour set played like most of their festival appearances of the past year- a greatest hits of their career with a few surprises peppered in. As longtime fans of Megadeth, their catalog of songs are all extremely solid live. But while the band never disappoints, we feel fortunate that Megadeth still exists at all considering all that Mustaine and the boys have been through physically and emotionally over the past decade. At around nine thirty the stage went dark and Shawn Drover's unmistakable drum beats crashed for the opener "Trust," from the 'Cryptic Writings' album. "Trust," albeit not as hard as the rest of their catalog is a perfect opener...Gigantour, which continues at Glens Falls Civic Center tomorrow night (2/1), rolled into NYC on Saturday (1/28) at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden with apperances from Megadeth, the legendary Motorhead, Lacuna Coil and Volbeat. Pictures/setlists from that show (sans shots of Lacuna Coil, though there are some of Cristina on stage with Dave) are in this post. More of them with some videos, the setlists and all dates, below....
At one point Mustaine had Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia come out on stage to sing, "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)" with him. It was a fantastic duet of a classic, and the first time I've ever seen Mustaine sing with a female. Besides being one of the best shredders in the business, this dude can harmonize with the best of them. Along with these rare on stage moments, fans got the red meat they wanted with staples such as, "Hanger 18″, "Wake Up Dead," and "Symphony of Destruction," all of which were played to perfection. -[Local Bozo]
Dave Mustaine as Frankenstein on Jimmy Kimmel
As we tweeted on @bvTicketsOnSale, Tickets for the previously discussed Gigantour show at the Theater at MSG with Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil are currently on MSG presale with a password of "HeMetal". Regular sale kicks off on Friday at 10AM.
Megadeth at Yankee Stadium (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coming off of their recent appearance at "The Big Four" Megadeth have announced the latest iteration of Gigantour and this time they've roped in the great Motorhead in addition to appearances from Volbeat and Lacuna Coil for the North American trek. The dates kick off in late January in Camden, NJ, eventually making its way up to Theater at Madison Square Garden on 1/28. Ticketing and VIP package deals for the Theater at MSG are forthcoming. All dates are listed below.
Megadeth welcomed their thirteenth LP TH1RT3EN (get it?) TODAY (11/1) via Roadrunner Records. TH1RT3EN is the follow-up to 2009's Endgame, and features "Public Enemy No. 1" which the band performed last night (10/31) on Jimmy Kimmel... in full costume! Video of that, alongside all dates and additional video is below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The concert, or the tour, or the notion, is called the Big Four, and it needs an asterisk. Long ago one of the four became much bigger than the rest.We previously posted video of Metallica's epic rendition of Motorhead's "Overkill" with members of Anthrax, Megadeth, Exodus and Slayer, and pics of the Rocks Off Cruise to the stadium, and of all the openers. Here are pictures of Metallica including some shots of the collaboration at the end the set. They continue below...
In alphabetical order, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer -- who all played at Yankee Stadium in a thorough and memorable seven-hour concert on Wednesday night -- were the most popular bands of mid-1980s thrash-metal. (Some would prefer a Big Five, and include Testament or Exodus.) Thrash was a powerful mutt: it ran at hardcore-punk speeds and wedged hyper-articulate firebomb guitar solos into small spaces...
[Metallica's] set list was almost identical to what the band played in Indio. It started with the old ("Creeping Death"), moving to the new ("All Nightmare Long") and a we've-earned-it instrumental section ("Orion"), then the hits and landmarks ("One," "Master of Puppets") and back to the old again ("Seek and Destroy"). And it was a proper retrospective, with songs fast and slow and medium, compassionate and merciless.
The last set also included a song involving members of all four bands. Cleverly it was a version of Motorhead's "Overkill," a song that keeps stopping and starting up again. Each time it reanimated, a different drummer took over: Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Charlie Benante of Anthrax; the guitarists traded off too.
[New York Times]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Slayer / Anthrax
Right from the start, when Anthrax hit the stage for its very early 4 p.m. slot, the collective goal of artists and audience alike seemed to be to peel the paint off the walls with violent volume and loosen the bolts that held the joint together, with the bounce of dance moves.And we already talked about what Metallica played as well as the Motorhead cover that brouht all the bands back to the stage. We also saw pictures of the Rocks Off boat cruise that brought a few hundred fans up to the Bronx on Wednesday (9/14). Now here are the pictures from the first three bands that played the 'Big 4' show (Metallica pics HERE). They continue below...
Of the opening three acts before Metallica took the stage at 9 p.m., Anthrax was the outfit that owned The Bronx.
Over the course of an hour, the quintet wowed the fans with cornerstones of their songbook such as "Indians," "Thrashing Mad" and "I Am The Law."
Megadeth was the second band to play and was the least successful act on the bill. Lead singer Dave Mustaine told the house he had just had neck surgery earlier in the week, adding "I shouldn't even be here." He was right.
Slayer was the heaviest band on the bill. Their set was pure brute force. The shred guitar solos were impossibly fast, and the drumming made thunder sound tame...[NY Post]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Rocks Off hosted a boat cruise to the Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax). The pictures from the actual concert are coming shortly, but here are some taken on the high seas (the Hudson River) on the way there. They continue below...
Metal megashow The Big 4 hits Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, 9/14. Anthrax fans with jobs (which they probably have if they were able to afford a ticket to this show), may not be happy to find out that the set times for the weekday gig are as follows...
DOORS: 2:00PMCan't make to the Bronx by 4pm? Anthrax also play a "secret" free night show at Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Monday (9/13). As previously mentioned, we're giving away tickets on our Facebook.
Anthrax recently made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon to help promote their new album. The video and more Anthrax tour dates below...
They hit the west coast last weekend, and now "The Big 4" will make the journey east for their second show together in The Bx. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax will play Yankee Stadium on September 14th. According to Metallica's site, "tickets go on sale Friday, May 6 at 10:00 AM via www.ticketmaster.com. Met Club members should log in for more information about a special pre-sale starting on Wednesday, May 4. Yankees season ticket holders will have their own pre-sale, also on May 4, starting at noon."
Hopefully by the time the NYC show rolls aroundm Slayer will have founding member Jeff Hanneman back in the fold, though he did made a brief appearance in Indio last weekend...
Slayer hit the stage and even the sun appeared slightly scared as it sank behind the mountains. They were the hardest and most relentless band of the day. Dave Lombardo's double bass drums were thunderous, not so much supporting but propelling the music as Kerry King delivered frequent guitar-shredding solos...They played a new song "America" (sp?) that fit right alongside the classics. As he has been since February, Gary Holt of Exodus sat in for guitarist Jeff Hanneman who is suffering from necrotizing fasciitis in his arm. To the crowd's great delight, Hanneman appeared and played during the last two songs of the set, "South of Heaven" and "Angel of Death". -[Seattle Post-Intelligencer]Check out a video of "Angel of Death", one of "Am I Evil" and a trailer for "The Big 4" show, below...
Coachella sold out in less than a week, but the festival that is going to occupy the same fairgrounds exactly one week later, goes on general sale Friday at 10am (presales happening now), and that is "The Big 4" which will bring together Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax ("together for the first and only time in the US") for one big Indio, California classic metal show on Saturday, April 23rd .
One week after that, Goldenvoice (also responsible for Coachella and The Big 4) will host its annual Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field (same place). "California's Country Music Festival" is being headlined by people you probably don't care about, but will also include sets by names like Wanda Jackson, Loretta Lynn, the Punch Brothers, the Secret Sisters and Phosphorescent who is also playing Coachella. Tickets are on sale.
I unfortunately could not find a ticket link for Brochella. Full lineup (real poster) for Stagecoach, and a Big 4 video trailer, below...
photos by Matthew Eisman
"It has been a really long time since Long Island experienced a real heavy metal show. In fact, it is flat-out embarrassing and insulting to the fans and bands that it has been this long. Thanks to the demonic forces of the dark lord, Long Island was the place to be on Friday night when Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax invaded the Nassau Coliseum.Slayer and Megadeth brought their classic LPs back to the NYC area, just two months after their appearance at the Izod Center in NJ. Friday's Nassau Coliseum date (10/8) was identical in scope to the Izod one (Slayer playing Seasons In The Abyss, Megadeth on Rust In Peace detail) with the difference being that the now-Joey-Belladonna'd-Anthrax supported the pair (as opposed to NJ's support, Testament). In addition to classic material, Anthrax played "Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't", a new song performed for the first time with Joey, during their eight-song set. Video of that is below.
The "Big 3 of Thrash" performed on the Island together for the first time ever under the heading of the "American Carnage Tour" presented by Jagermeister. The artists, Dave Mustaine in particular, did not let fans forget that as he made at least 5 references to the sponsor during Megadeth's set."
Going into the show, one would think that Anthrax would be the weakest link. Let's face it, Anthrax is awesome but not of the same caliber as Slayer. The band must have had this in mind because Anthrax annihilated the Coliseum. Original frontman Joey Belladona could not have sounded any better. He was dead on. [Gears of Rock]
The meeting of the thrash titans is ongoing through the next two weeks. Check out more pictures from the Nassau Coliseum stop, with videos and setlists, below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
In 1991 there was The Clash of The Titans tour, a meeting of some of the biggest names in metal at the moment with Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament all on board for European and US legs featuring a rotating cast of Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, and more. A lot of time and changes have come to pass since that tour; Slayer lost their founding drummer and then found him, Testament battled cancer and arrived victorious, and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has a NY Times best-selling book among many other things. But nineteen years later, these thrash metal giants are still kicking around and reformed for a string of summer/fall dates that included the Izod Center in NJ on August 12th (and includes Nassau Coliseum on October 8th, where the classic lineup of Anthrax replaces Testament as opener).
Testament opened the Meadowlands show to a progressively growing audience at 7PM. The band's 40 minute set featured output from their career, with a few nods to their latest From Formation to Damnation. Although I enjoyed their set somewhat, the sound was unintelligible; guitars were completely buried in the mix with only the highest leads bleeding through the mud. That said, Alex Skolnick still knows how to rip it, Chuck Billy plays a mean air guitar, and they definitely know how to incite a killer Wall of Death (check out the video below).
Normally a set by Megadeth wouldn't get my heart racing, but tonight was Rust in Peace in it's entirety so I was guaranteed some of my favorite Megadeth songs. The band, now with Dave Ellefson back in the fold, followed Testament by launching directly into the classic Rust In Peace opener "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due". Sporting the classic "biohazard" emblazoned drumkit from the "Hangar 18" video, the band continued through the LP in track order declaring declaring "That was Rust In Peace!" at the finish and retreating from stage momentarily for a quick costume change afterword. Megadeth then looped back to classics like "Peace Sells" and "Symphony of Destruction" before a reprise of "Holy Wars" to close out the set. Mustaine's voice was a bit buried in the mix from my perspective, a relief in some ways as when he did come through it was too high pitched and nasal for my liking.
Little has changed since the last time I saw Slayer. Jeff Hanneman is still sporting the baseball catcher's shin plates, rockin a Raiders jersey and has his Heineken-style (that reads Hanneman) guitar. Kerry King still looks like a cross between Junkyard Dog and a cast member of Road Warrior. Dave Lombardo is still one of the best drummers on the planet. But what had changed was Tom Araya, due to his recent back surgery: no more head on a swivel, doctor's orders. The thrashing Araya was missed, but that didn't affect the legend's searing set of Seasons In The Abyss (in order) followed by a short set of Slayer classics. Easily my favorite preformance from the night. Dave Lombardo is god.
Tons more pics, some video and the set lists are below...