Sunday, August 22, 2010

Initial Slayer, Megadeth, And Testament Thoughts

I just got back from tonight's Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament concert at Roy Wilkins in St. Paul and thought I'd offer some of my initial reaction from the show. Testament started a few minutes early but was on fire. They ran through 40 minutes of material, and the most surprising selection was "Dog-Faced Gods". It was really cool that the other bands showed some respect for Testament. Forty minutes for the first band on a three band bill was quite generous, and they were given half of the massive stage and allowed to use a huge drum riser with stairs. Megadeth opened with "Holy Wars" and launched right into playing Rust In Peace in its entirety, followed by a greatest hits selection. For all of the breathless news on other sites about Vic Rattlehead now appearing in Megadeth's set you would think this is a ten foot high mechanical robot. It's really just one of their roadies walking out on stage with a costume mask. Slayer played a couple new songs prior to all of Seasons In The Abyss. The obligatory standards followed. It was a good night, although the sound for all three bands was terrible at best. I've got some footage of all the bands so you can hear it for yourself, and Dave Mustaine's microphone couldn't even be heard when he started singing "Holy Wars". Isn't that what soundcheck is for? This wasn't the best show from any of these bands that I've seen, but keep in mind I've seen each of them around ten times apiece. I'll have a full review posted in the next day or two.

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