On Friday January 27th a friend and I journeyed to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, C.T. to see the return of Dave Mustaine’s Gigantour after a four year absence. Having seen Megadeth three times in the last year I can say that they honestly put on one of the best shows in heavy metal.
Lacuna Coil: I had heard some of Lacuna Coil’s material before but wasn’t to familiar with it. They put on a good show. My only critique was that they could have been louder.
VolBeat: Volbeat came on next, and put on one of the most surprising shows I’ve ever seen. Pure adrenaline mixed with loud amplifiers. I was very surprised with Volbeat because on record they sound like Metallica mixed with Johnny Cash, but live they give off a very balls out punk rock feel that was reminiscent of Social Distortion. I was also surprised and happy to hear them play a bit of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’ to close out their set.
Mötorhead: Next up was Lemmy and his gang of misfit pirates: Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee. Mötorhead put on a great set of eleven songs, including a bombastic drum solo by Mikkey Dee. The set comprised many gems from the Mötorhead catalog including Damage Case, Killed by Death, Ace of Spades, and a shortened version of Overkill.
Megadeth: Curtain comes down and the arena was off and rolling to a killer set by Mustaine and company. Megadeth played 14 songs in total, all were received well by the audience especially Peace Sells and Holy Wars. Overall the show was great but lacked key tracks in Megadeth’s discography. One nice thing however was the inclusion of ‘Public Enemy No. 1’ off of the band’s latest effort Th1rt3en (Roadrunner). Also lacking in Megadeth’s set was an appearance from the group’s mascot Vic Rattlehead. But other than that these guys know how to pack-the-punch and put on a killer show.
Overall all four of the bands put on a killer show and it was great to see all these bands from right in front of the barricade.