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The Morning After: Megadeth
WHERE: London Electric Ballroom
HOW’S THE HEAD/NECK/VOICE? Sore, sore, and even croakier than Mr Mustaine.
Megadave and co’s club shows are rarer than certain species of panda, so understandably the diehards are out in force. Vintage tour shirts, patches and shit-eating grins are mandatory and there’s no one lurking at the back idly playing angry birds – all the ingredients for a killer show. It feels like a very special night.
Coming thick and fast: what else would you expect from a Megadeth show? Running through a career-spanning set the thrash legends feed off the crowd’s abundant energy, ‘Headcrusher’ and ‘Public Enemy No. 1′ sounding almost as tight and vital as classics like ‘Symphony Of Destruction’, ‘Peace Sells’ and, of course, ‘Hangar 18′. They’re not the most mobile or visually engaging band in metal but when they sound this good and the crowd’s so completely behind them, it’s difficult to care. Though it’s often easiest to catch them in the fields these days, this feels like where they truly come into their element.
Surprisingly mild, actually. Shows like these don’t come around that often so when they do arrive, you want to remember them. Then there are those booze prices to consider…
Words: Rob Sayce