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.
I actually enjoyed the show more once I returned to the general admission area and wasn’t able to see as well. It seemed like more of a thrash metal show than what I experienced during the first 3 songs. As an old school Megadeth fan, the songs I enjoyed the most were “Hanger 18”, “Peace Sells”, “Sweating Bullets”, “Symphony of Destruction” and “In My Darkest Hour”. That being said, the new stuff retains a classic Megadeth feel and songs like “Headcrusher” and “1,320” sounded amazing.
Now for the photos: