Live Evil: Megadeth At The Grove, Anaheim (Setlist Inside)

Posted: December 19, 2013 in Metalhammer
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Megadeth: packing classics

As much of North America prepare to barricade themselves against Mother Nature’s latest wintry beatdown, here in Southern California, the sun is shining, the surf is picking up and Megadeth are back for their third show in as many months. Still knocking the dust off of their boots after a sprawling North American tour with Iron Maiden, the band immediately joined a South American campaign with Black Sabbath that generated enough fan-fueled hysteria to evoke comparisons to Beatlemania. Factor in the release of Megadeth’s new album, Super Collider, and you’ve got one of the hardest-working metal outfits in 2013. Not a bad way to close out their thirtieth anniversary year.

Florida’s Nonpoint kick things off promptly at eight p.m. with a groove-heavy thirty-minute set of bouncy, high energy nu metal before passing the baton to Fear Factory who are themselves wrapping up an aggressive year of touring through both Europe and North America. If their merciless road regimen has worn them down however, their performance doesn’t show it, as they administer a blistering forty-minute set that spans their twenty year catalog, including opener The Industrialist, from their most recent album, all the way back to Martyr, from their 1992 studio debut.

Nonpoint: dredful (not really, we just wanted to use the pun)

Fear Factory: industrial metal icons

Finally, at just after ten p.m., Megadeth take the stage and move straight for the jugular with a scorching Hangar 18. Tonight, it turns out, is all about the fans, as Dave Mustaine and Co. run through a set list of crowd-pleasers that includes In My Darkest Hour, Sweating Bullets, A Tout Le Monde, and Tornado of Souls.

Dave Mustaine: guitar god

Tight, focused and in high spirits after a well-received performance on late night television last evening, the band are operating at the very top of their game. Bassist David Ellefson and drummer Shawn Drover lay down storming, eighteen-wheel grooves as guitarist Chris Broderick hungrily explores every square inch of the stage while ripping one mind-blowing lead after another. Meanwhile, frontman Mustaine prowls the perimeter, occasionally stepping forward to showcase his blinding fretboard wizardry for the horn-throwing punters in the front rows. He too is in great form, remarking how good it feels to be back in Southern California. Damned if he’s not smiling as he says it.

Dave Ellefson: MegaDave II

Ending with Symphony of Destruction, Peace Sells, Rattlehead and Holy Wars, Megadeth have delivered one of their finest sets in recent memory. Break out the egg nog and the ugly holiday sweaters, because Christmas has just arrived a week early.


Hangar 18
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
Set the World Afire
Sweating Bullets
Devil’s Island
A Tout Le Monde
Tornado of Souls
Symphony of Destruction
Peace Sells
Holy Wars… The Punishment Due

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Review by Joe Daly

from Metal Hammer
via Merlin


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