On August 7, acclaimed heavy metal group Megadeth brought their “Gigantour” to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
This year’s line-up included Hellyeah, Device, Newsted, Black Label Society and Megadeth and I was afforded the chance to see the latter three bands perform live in New York.
Newsted featured Jason Newsted on lead vocals, who is also known for playing bass for Metallica.
They started their set with “Heroic Dose” and it was followed by “Soldierhead” and “As the Crow Flies,” as green and white lights alternated on the stage.
“The heaver music is, the happier we become,” Jason said. “I would like to see horns and smiles together.”
They went on to perform “King of the Underdogs” and following its great reception from the audience, Jason remarked,” See how happy you are. I told you.”
Jason noted that he has a new album out and he thanked his fans for making it a No. 1 record.
They concluded their set with a cover of Metallica’s “Whiplash,” which marked the first time that I ever saw a mosh pit in person.
“Listen to metal,” Jason concluded.
Black Label Society
Black Label Society opened with “Godspeed Hell Bound” and they immediately broke into such heavy vocals as “Destruction Overdrive,” “Bleed for Me,” “The Rose Petalled Garden” and “Forever Down,” however the most impressive performance was when lead singer Zakk Wylde played his stellar guitar solo, which was lengthy and showcases his prowess on electric guitar and immense talent.
The band’s banner served as their backdrop and it took up most of the stage. There were eight giant balls bouncing around the audience throughout their performance and several fans attempted to body-surf amongst themselves in the audience.
“Overlord,” “Suicide Messiah,” “Concrete Jungle” and “Stillborn” rounded up their set and left their fans yearning for more metal music.
While Newsted and Black Label Society were noteworthy enough, Megadeth proved to be the true star of the show with their high-energy production that included laser lights and big screens.
They started out with “Trust” and it was followed “Hangar 18,” as the number “18” was displayed on the big screens for most of the song.
Megadeth rocked on such tunes as “Wake Up Dead,” “In My Darkest Hour,” Sweating Bullets,” “Architecture of Aggression” and “Kingmaker,” among others.
Their fans, most of whom sported t-shirts of such iconic bands as Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth themselves, were really immersed in their heavy metal music and the group also paid tribute to Thin Lizzy by covering “Cold Sweat.”
Overall, this year’s “Gigantour” in New York was a huge success. While I was never a huge fan of metal music, it is evident that these three bands that I saw last night gave their fans everything they had to make their sets memorable.
According to George Konstantakakos, a fan and attendee, he echoed my remarks and stated, “Newsted, Black Label Society and Megadeth put on an amazing show in Manhattan. Their fans were extremely loyal and passionate and you could feel the closeness that the bands had with their audiences. Metal music is forever.”
To learn more about this year’s “Gigantour,” visit its official website.