Top 5 list for the week of 11/15/09

1. Meeting Megadeth at an in-store signing

2. Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” video featuring a cameo by Jamey Johnson

3. Jim Norton and Patrice O’Neal’s reaction on the Opie and Anthony show to the latest YouTube sensation, “Risky Business gone wrong

4. Stephen King’s new book, Under The Dome

5. Damnwells fans pledging enough money to the band so that they can record their 4th album.

Donations are still being accepted so if you want to help the band out (a minimum pledge of $12 gets you a physical copy of the CD once it’s been recorded and produced).

Live: Megadeth – 11/18/09 – Columbus, Ohio

Though I’ve been a fan of Megadeth since the Peace Sells … but Who’s Buying? release (1986), I somehow had never managed to see Dave Mustaine and whoever currently backs him up until just last week. In a way, that’s probably a great thing as the 2,000+ crowd (I’m terrible with estimating sizes of crowds, but the Lifestyles Community Pavilion was near packed and holds 2,200 for a sold-out show) was treated to a run through of Megadeth’s greatest hits as well as a few new songs from the return-to-form Endgame CD.

Having a unique vantage point from the photo pit for the first 3 songs, the thing that struck me was that there didn’t seem to be any bonding between band members – something that is decidedly different when you see a new, young band play a small club where they are forced to interact to avoid bumping into each other. And Dave Mustaine seemed very focused on playing with technical proficiency which came across as a bit stiff. Nevertheless, the opening 3 songs sounded amazing and I was particularly happy to hear “Wake Up Dead” so early in the set.

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Tour: Slayer/Megadeth/Testament

No Ohio dates? BOO.

Dubbed the “American Carnage” tour, this is going to be a hot ticket in the thrash metal world. Slayer and Megadeth both have brand new records out while Testament released an original line-up reunion album in 2008. According to the press release, this will be the first time these 3 bands have shared a stage in 18 years (Slayer and Megadeth just toured together overseas, without Testament).

JANUARY
18 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*
19 Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR (tickets sold via www.rosequarter.com)
21 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA*
22 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA * (tickets on sale 11/21)
23 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ**
25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO*
26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM*
27 El Paso Coliseum, El Paso, TX*
29 Verizon Wireless, Houston, TX**
31 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN*

FEBRUARY
1 Gwinnett Arena, Duluth, GA*
2 Broadbent Arena, Louisville, KY* (tickets on sale 12/4)
4 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN* (tickets on sale 12/4)
5 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL* (tickets on sale 12/4)
6 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI*
9 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT**
11 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ*
13 Susquehanna Center, Camden, NJ*
14 Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA*
16 Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC (tickets sold via Billetech.com)
18 John Labatt Centre, London, ON (tickets on sale 11/27 via JohnLabattCentre.com)
19 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON (tickets sold via Ticketmaster.ca)
20 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC (tickets sold via Admission.com)
22 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB (tickets sold via MonctonColiseum.com)
23 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS (tickets sold via TicketAtlantic.com

New St.Vincent tour dates (2010)

Though Annie Clark has been through Columbus a few times in the past couple of years, I’ve never managed to see her. I plan on correcting this in February. Here’s the complete itinerary for the February 2010 tour. Wildbirds & Peacedrums will be opening all shows.

2/3 Victoria, BC Element
2/4 Vancouver, BC Venue
2/5 Seattle, WA Neumos
2/6 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge (2 shows, 6pm + 10pm)
2/8 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
2/9 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater
2/10 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Taverm
2/11 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
2/13 Denver, CO The Bluebird Theater
2/15 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
2/16 Iowa City, IA The Industry
2/17 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
2/18 Chicago, IL Metro
2/19 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room at The Crofoot
2/20 Columbus, OH Outland on Liberty
2/21 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Club
2/23 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
2/24 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
2/25 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church – Sanctuary