Megadeth - Arizona State Fair - 10/30/13

Categories: Last Night, Metal!

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All photos by Jim Louvau. See the complete slideshow here.
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Arizona State Fair
October 30, 2013

It was pretty easy to tell who was at the State Fair for Megadeth last night, and who was there for fried twinkies. You just had to look for the people wearing '80s-style jean vests bedecked with heavy metal band patches or spiked metal studs.

By the time legendary metal band Megadeth went on around 7:20, I was surprised that the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum was only about half full. Considering lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson both have deep roots in Phoenix, I guess I figured there would be more of a homecoming welcoming. However, I quickly learned not to judge a crowd by its size. As the band came on stage, the monstrous roar almost prompted me to cover my own metal-lovin' ears.

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The following hour and a half was full of Megadeth classics, as well as pop culture, political and religious references. The band had just completed a summer tour with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden in Mexico and South America, and were clearly stoked on being back in Phoenix.

Mustaine, adorned with bellbottom-y jeans and a white button-up shirt, looked out at the crowd with his usual squinty-eyed smirk. However, by the end of the show it was apparent that Mustaine was in a really great mood. He was smiling non-stop and was super energetic. 

"Phoenix, Arizona! This song is for you guys, old friend!" he shouted before launching into "Prince of Darkness" from the album Risk.

As the song kicked off, dozens of people began pushing their way to the floor and it became a free-for-all--if you had a ticket and were set on staying in your seat, you had another thing coming.

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After a few songs Mustaine cozied up to the microphone and gazed out over the crowd from underneath his mop of auburn curly hair.

"Phoenix! It's time to set the world afire..." and all four musicians began headbanging like they were 25-years-old. Seriously; the majority of the set I was impressed at how much these guys head-banged. Plus, there was enough strobe lights to make you hope that there were no epileptics in the crowd.

Throughout the entire show, three giant screens behind the band members projected images relevant to each song: orange flame, falling ashes from the sky, rippling water, snarling wolves and dripping blood, and war-torn skyscrapers burning into the sky.

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ladyvoltage
ladyvoltage

Dave Mustaine does not have Auburn colored hair. Auburn is dark brown with cherry overtones. Dave's hair is more like a strawberry blonde or butterscotch color. Seriously, do not make a mistake describing his hair again!

ladyvoltage
ladyvoltage

Dave Mustaine does not have Auburn colored hair. Auburn is dark brown with cherry overtones. Dave's hair is more like a strawberry blonde or butterscotch color. Seriously, do not make a mistake describing his hair again!

jpcallahan83
jpcallahan83

DakotaCleveland is correct! "Prince of Darkness" was just over the PA as an introduction and was just a portion of the song, same with "Silent Scorn" from WORLD NEEDS A HERO and "My Way," neither were actually performed. Also the setlist here is missing "Set The World Afire" and "A Toute Le Monde" from YOUTHANASIA. Otherwise, great article and great show despite a smaller capacity then when I saw them at the State Fair three years ago! Bravo Mustaine and Co!

bigbadbruce1
bigbadbruce1

Yes, Mustaine has to twist his face to hit those notes, have you ever tried singing along? we're lucky that he can still sing at all. Sad commentary that Megadeth has a half empty stadium and Miley Bieber or whatever his face is can sell it out...Makes sense though in this back asswards world. We elect a Socialist President, complain about everything anybody says if it's not politically correct no matter how right it is, worship sluts and boy bands, bitch about how fat we are on the way to McDonalds, let our kids fight and DIE in wars that are waged over money and oil , allow the Government to dictate while we profess how awesome freedom is, say "oh well, nuthin' we can do about it" when we learn the G'ment is spying on us and damn, I could go on forever. The world will be right when Megadeth is selling out football stadiums, until then enjoy the ride on this downward spiral people 'cause soon it will reach bottom. Megadeth Shreds, Mustaine for President!


Ruben DeClay
Ruben DeClay

Dispite how I feel about Dave (what's-his-chops...), these guys rock!!

DakotaCleland
DakotaCleland

Okay, this is a fine article and all, but there are some BS things written in here. There wasn't a drum solo and a guitar solo spot before Symphony of Destruction, and the last song was just Holy Wars. Prince of Darkness was just the intro music played on the PA before Hangar 18, and Silent Scorn and My Way were played over the PA after Megadeth was done.

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