Saturday, January 28, 2012

Concert Review: Gigantour Hits Connecticut With Second Tour Stop

The Gigantour is a Heavy Metal festival that began in 2005 by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. He said that he originally chose the bands as way to "put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment." After a three year hiatus, the Gigantour festival returned this year with the band's Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil. The festival made its appearance at the Mohegan Sun arena Friday night.

The saying goes that "if it's too loud, then you're too old." Well, I must be showing my age if I say that the band Motorhead plays loud. The three piece band revolves around leader/singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister, who is considered a legend in the heavy metal community. The alarmed sounded which signaled the beginning of an attack on your eardrums as the band blasted away with "Bomber" and "Damage Case." Phil Campbell's guitar blazed a path with songs "I Know How to Die" and "Over The Top," as mosh pits broke out at the beginning of every song. Mikkey Dee's drum solo during the song "The One To Sing The Blues" turned up the volume as the rest of the band rejoined him on stage. The audience was out of control with crowd surfing during fan favorites "Killed By Death" and "Ace of Spades" as Lemmy stated that "we are Motorhead and we play rock 'n' roll." The band finished with an all too quick version of "Overkill" as the audience was hoping for an encore that never came. But not to worry, headliners Megadeth were still to come.

Megadeth are touring behind a brand new, top twenty album and will be celebrating their 30th anniversary next year, so they were ready to blow away the crowd. The only problem was that they had to follow Motorhead who have become the masters of getting a crowd rocking. As the curtain dropped, lead singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine walked onstage with his double-neck, Flying-V guitar singing the first words to the 1997 single "Trust." Mustaine's vocals seemed lost in the mix as his voice has gotten deeper and not as powerful as they once have been. He and his bandmates did get the crowd moving with the popular song "Sweating Bullets," but that was one of the only a few highlights from their short one hour set. New songs "Public Enemy No. 1," "Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)," and "Guns, Drugs & Money" seemed to fit in perfectly with older songs "Angry Again" and "Symphony of Destruction." Mustaine invited Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia to sing on the 1995 single "A Tout le Monde," but it did not draw as much attention as their biggest hit "Peace Sells." Demanding more, the audience was treated to an encore of "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" which left the band's performance on a high note, but it was not one of the best performances that evening.

The night began with a 25-minute aggressive set from Lacuna Coil which featured songs from their new album "Dark Adrenaline." Then a 50-minute set from Volbeat blew the audience away with their blend of punk, rockabilly and heavy metal. Songs like "Sad Man's Tongue" and "Pool of Booze, Booze, Booza" won over new fans as they got the adrenaline flowing for Motorhead.

Motorhead Setlist: Bomber, Damage Case, I Know How To Die, Metropolis, Over The Top, The Chase Is Better Than The Catch, The One To Sing The Blues, Killed By Death, Ace of Spades, Overkill

Megadeth Setlist: Trust, Wake Up Dead, Hanger 18, Sweating Bullets, Angry Again, Poison Was The Cure, Dawn Patrol, Public Enemy No. 1, Whose Life (Is Is Anyway?), Guns Drugs & Money, A Tout le Monde, Symphony of Destruction, Peace Sells, Holy Wars...The Punishment Due

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