Megadeth - Arizona State Fair - 10/30/13
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All photos by Jim Louvau. See the complete slideshow here.
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.
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.
"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.