Metal icons Megadeth brought their ongoing "Dystopia World Tour" to Edmonton's Rexall Place last night (March 9), where the band brought their deep catalogue and new lineup together to stun their fans with a setlist of hits. They brought along openers Havok, Suicidal Tendencies and Finland's Children of Bodom.
Exclaim! photographer Dana Zuk was in attendance to capture Megadeth's set. Read her thoughts on the evening, then r
The streets along Rexall Place were lined with Edmonton's heavy metal fans on last night (March 9), to catch the legendary Megadeth, in action on the 2016 Dystopia World Tour, with the likes of Havok, Suicidal Tendencies and Finland's Children of Bodom at their side to warm up the crowd. In recent months, Megadeth have sparked the curiosity of their fans with a new line-up, including the addition of Chris Adler (Lamb of God) on drums, and Kiko Loureiro (Angra) on guitar. Intrigued, and unsure of what to expect, both Adler and Loureiro surpassed the expectations of their Edmonton audience, who welcomed these dynamite players to Megadeth with open arms.
Appearing on a foggy stage to a full floor of eager fans, the moment that band founder Dave Mustaine's fingers began to dance along the fretboard of his guitar, Megadeth kicked things into high gear with "Hangar 18," resulting in a frenzy of crowd surfers and chaos in the mosh pits. The heaviness the band's new members brought was undeniable: Chris Adler's thundering beats laid the foundation of each song, while long time bassist David Ellefson's rolling bass lines spewed from the amplifier. All the while, Kiko Loureiro's showed off his impressive shredding abilities, melting the faces of those in the front row while remaining in harmony with fellow six-stringer, Dave Mustaine.
They played a set of 16 songs, spanning their 30-plus-year career, nailing a handful of fan favourites such as "Tornado of Souls," "Wake Up Dead" and "Rust In Peace." As each note would scream out of the amplifiers, the audience consistently kept pace with the band, headbanging and moshing along to the speed of each song. Megadeth showed that the spirit of heavy metal does not wither with age, and that they're still one of the top thrash metal bands of this lifetime.
Children of Bodom