178: Gigantour

I went to a Megadeth concert tonight (last night) as part of their American Gigantour, featuring special guests Volbeat and Lacuna Coil!  Unfortunately for me, Motörhead was supposed to play also, but Lemmy fell ill and they had to cancel their set.  I was a very sad Kevin.  Like this :(   I got back home at 1:00 AM after my hour long bus ride, and so I quickly sketched a few concert comics for you guys.  I may or may not still be drunk while I'm writing this, too.  But the concert was amazing and I took plenty of pictures, so I thought I would share some of the highlights with you guys!

     The show started with Lacuna Coil.  They came out high energy, they were entertaining, it was really some great goth metal.  The crowd didn't get too into it, though - Lacuna Coil apparently didn't have very many fans at this show, but their performance was excellent, Cristina Scabbia is an amazingly beautiful singer, and it really set the mood for the rest of the show.
     Next was Volbeat, whom I had mixed feelings about before tonight.  I told myself that I would let this concert decide how I felt about them, and here's what I ended up thinking:  Their style is a rather strange one, indeed, but I'm starting to like it.  Sometimes it's high-intensity metal, sometimes it's punk rock, and sometimes it's Johnny Cash-esque bluegrass-rock, often all three in the same song.  Their singer has an incredibly unusual voice for metal, which I didn't like at first, when I heard it several months ago.  But it has definitely grown on me, slowly.  They are a strange band, to say the least, but the more I get used to them, the more I like them.  And after seeing the energy of their live shows, I really think they have a new fan now.  I'm beginning to view their unique style as something that I want to stay around for a while.
     And finally the band we had all been waiting for: Megadeth.  Dave Mustaine comes out playing the song "Trust" on a double-neck guitar, then moves on to cover all the greatest hits from Countdown to Extiinction, Rust In Peace, and three songs from Th1rt3en.  They close the show with "Peace Sells" and encore with "Holy Wars", the crowd getting crazier and crazier with every passing song.  During the first half of the show, people began moshing, and it was seriously annoying the rest of the crowd.  But slowly, everyone started to reaiize "Oh wait, we're at a Megadeth concert!"  and then everyone else started joining in, too.  By the last few songs, the entire center section of the crowd was one giant swaying mosh pit.  There were a few very special occurences at this concert, too.  Since Motörhead didn't get to perform, Megadeth covered their song "No Class" as part of their set.  Also, halfway through the show, one of the security guards up front was manhandling some of the audience members, treating them really roughly.  Dave Mustaine got pissed, and announced that he wasn't going to play the next song until that security guard was led out of the building.  The band then walked off and left the stage empty for several minutes until the guard was finally escorted out.  And of course, on this tour we get another very cool treat involving Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia.  Back in 2007, Megadeth recorded a duet version of their song "À Tout Le Monde" with her, and so she was invited back onstage to sing that duet with Dave Mustaine as part of their set!  All in all it was an amazng show, but this means I STILL haven't seen Motörhead in concert!  SERIOUS NERD ROCK RAGE.
     Here's some photos that I took of the concert.  Click the thumbnails to see larger images.

Lacuna Coil:


Megadeth (& Cristina Scabbia):

Chris Broderick (Megadeth):

Dave Mustaine:
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