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Old 07-29-2014, 02:26 PM
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Megadeth -- Milwaukee, WI -- July 19th, 2013

I thought I'd post a couple of reviews here that I forgot to do since I see some others are doing that.

This was last summer's Gigantour. All the bands were supposed to play in the Eagles Ballroom, but they moved the first four bands into The Rave, a smaller venue within the same building, leaving Black Label Society and Megadeth playing the larger Eagles Ballroom later that night. I went with a friend to the show.

Death Division (4:29-4:49)
^ Death Division was the first band that played. I don't know what their setlist was. They were an average-to-decent new thrash metal sounding band.

Newsted (5:15-5:45)-
Heroic Dose
Soldierhead
King Of The Underdogs
Long Time Dead
Whiplash (Metallica cover)

^ Jason Newsted has always been my favorite live bassist of Metallica, so I was looking forward to seeing his band live. I also bought their EP "Metal" on iTunes shortly before the show and dug it, especially "King Of The Underdogs" which they played. They played a great set, despite some sound issues Jason experienced with his bass during the first song and being sick with walking pneumonia, dropping off of a week of Gigantour shortly after my show. Newsted haven't played a show since the last Gigantour date in Toronto last August. I hope that was not the end of that band, I would love to see them headline some day.

Hellyeah (6:14-6:45)-
Cowboy Way
Matter Of Time
Drink Drank Drunk
Band Of Brothers
You Wouldn't Know
Hellyeah!

^ I am eternally bummed that I never got to see Pantera live, but at least I can say I saw Vinnie Paul live. Hellyeah is a great band in their own right. I still haven't had a chance to pick up their newest album they put out earlier this year. I'm pretty sure I heard there were some lineup changes since last year as well so I'm glad I saw them when I did.

Device (7:09-7:49)-
Penance
A Part Of Me
Opinion
Out Of Line
Close My Eyes Forever (Lita Ford cover)
You Think You Know
Haze
Vilify
Wish (Nine Inch Nails cover)

^ I loved the self-titled Device album when it came out last year so I was looking forward to seeing David Draiman for my second time, after seeing him with Disturbed in 2011. Device did not disappoint live. David surprisingly hit the women vocal parts on "Close My Eyes Forever" adeptly. They closed with a raucous cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Wish" which was very pleasing me to me since I am a big NIN fan.

Instead of going straight up two flights of stairs to the Eagles Ballroom to see Black Label Society, we went up only one flight where Device did a free signing by two open windows. Keep in mind it was 90+ degrees outside and this venue has no air conditioning so it was a nice break from the heat by the windows. It was an honor to meet David Draiman who was very polite and I got a Device CD and a free Device poster signed. While up in this area I also got to meet Jim Florentine, one of the hosts of That Metal Show serving as a MC for Gigantour last summer. I stayed up late watching recorded episodes of That Metal Show throughout my times in high school. Ah, I'm feeling nostalgic now, good times! Anyway, I bought one of his comedy CDs and got it signed as well. So, I didn't see Black Label Society, but their setlist that I got from setlist.fm is below for anyone who is interested.

Black Label Society (?:??-?:??, did not see)-
Godspeed Hell Bound
Destruction Overdrive
Bleed For Me
The Rose Petalled Garden
Forever Down
Parade Of The Dead
Overlord
Suicide Messiah
Concrete Jungle
Stillborn

Megadeth (9:35-10:44)-
Trust
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
Hangar 18
Sweating Bullets
Angry Again
A Tout Le Monde
She-Wolf
Symphony Of Destruction
Kingmaker
Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy cover)
Peace Sells

ENCORE:
Holy Wars...The Punishment Due

^ So after the David Draiman signing, we made our way up to the Eagles Ballroom to see Megadeth. It was both our second times seeing them. My friend who is a few years older than me first saw them in 2005 and I first saw them the year before in 2012. They rocked as usual. The highlight of their set for me was "Sweating Bullets" one of the first Megadeth songs I got into that they didn't play the first time I saw them in 2012. Back-to-back with "Angry Again" it was an awesome one-two punch. I was disappointed they didn't play more songs off Super Collider, an extremely underrated album in my opinion. I was hoping to see the title track and "Dance In The Rain" live. It looked like Dave Mustaine turned around facing the back of the stage to look for somebody before "Cold Sweat". I'm assuming he was looking for David Draiman to join him for a performance of "Dance in The Rain", but since David wasn't there at that moment, so it didn't happen. Bummer, but besides that it was a great day of music I am glad to say I attended.
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