Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix Arizona
Main Stage Nevermore, Fear Factory, Dream Theater, Megadeth
As a seasonal Arizona monsoon storm rolled in to Phoenix Saturday night, Gigantour
Dave Mustaines answer to Ozzfest hit with a fury. By the end of the night,
Gigantour proved that its brutal force was one to be reckoned with. The monsoon storm
subsided long before Gigantour did, but not without first delaying Dream Theaters
Nevermore started off the headbanging fury of the main stage with Narcosynthesis. The
small crowd that gathered in front of the stage was dismal thats to be
expected when a show starts at 5:30 pm at an outdoor venue during the monsoon season in
Arizona. Nevermores short set was brutal regardless. The set continued with Fault of
the Flesh, and then the new one from This Godless Endeavor (which was released July 26th)
titled The Final Product. Do yourself a favor and check out a few tunes here. from This
Godless Endeavor. This is just a taste of what was unleashed on the Phoenix crowd.
Finishing off the performance was River Dragon and Enemies of Reality. By the end of their
performance, the crowd had grown in number and was definitely in to the performance.
Nevermore is: Warrel Dane vocals, Jeff Loomis guitars, the recently added
Steve Smyth guitars, Jim Sheppard bass and Van Williams drums.
It seemed that before you had an opportunity to recover from Nevermore, Los Angeles
Fear Factory hit the stage. The crowd responded enthusiastically. Their set list included
Replica, Transgression, Demanufacture, Cyberwaste, Acres of Skin, Shock, Martyr, Archetype
and the closer Edgecrusher.
Fear Factory is: Burton Bell vocals, Raymond Herrera drums, Christian
Wolbers guitar, and Byron Stroud bass.
Being Mustaines baby, he should feel proud of this accomplishment. The pure metal on
this maiden tour of Gigantour asks the profound question Metalli-WHO?.
Its really a shame that talented bands like Nevermore and Fear Factory are being
overlooked nowadays while bands like Metallica are getting all the attention regardless of
what they put out. Now before you fire up the keyboards, listen to St. Anger again.
Whether you want to admit it or not, you know what I am talking about.
The frenzied crowd finally got to take a breath as the Arizona monsoon caused Dream
Theaters set to be delayed. Ultimately, they needed to cut two songs from their
list. The storm first made its presence known by causing a power outage towards the end of
Fear Factorys set. The electrical problems continued in to Dream Theaters time
slot. Personally, I dont think writers should get on a soapbox in their reviews, but
for a brief moment I have to. A large section of the audience felt the need to chant
Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit! at the longer than normal set change between
Fear Factory and Dream Theater. If you dumb asses would have bothered to look around, you
would have seen the lightning that was in the Arizona night sky. Anyone in Arizona knows
how much rain can be dumped in a mere matter of minutes during one of these storms.
Watching the nightly news will show you just how many fires are started because of
lightning strikes in just one storm. You think the band should chance electrocution to
keep your pathetic asses happy? Get a clue. The bands want to have as much fun as
youre having, but they are not going to risk safety to achieve it.
That being said, Dream Theater took the stage with The Root of All Evil. They followed
that up with Honor Thy Father, Under A Glass Moon, Fatal Tragedy, Panic Attack, Just Let
Me Breathe, Lie, As I Am and finishing off the vibrant performance with the still popular
Pull Me Under/Metropolis medley. The crowd ate up every minute of it.
Dream Theater is: James LaBrie vocals, John Myung bass, John Petrucci
guitars, Mike Portnoy drums, and Jordan Rudess keyboards
With the triumphant return of Megadeth with The System Has Failed and now Gigantour,
Mustaine should feel freed from his demons. He has proven he is still a vital influence in
the metal world. Metallica cant even lay claim to that, they can only live off of
and ultimately continue to cheapen their legacy. Mustaine has finally
surpassed his old bandmates.
With fire and explosions Megadeth commanded the stage. With a fury they launched in to
Blackmail the Universe. With the last two years of success for Megadeth, the appropriately
titled Set the World Afire was next, followed by Skin OMy Teeth, In My Darkest Hour,
Wake Up Dead, Die Dead Enough, She Wolf, Angry Again, Hangar 18, Trust, Sweating Bullets,
Tornado of Souls, Kick the Chair, Symphony of Destruction, The Scorpion, Peace Sells and
Holy Wars/Punishment Due. Definitely a jammed packed setlist that any Megadeth fan would
appreciate. However, if they had to drop/replace one song, it would have to be Trust. The
setlist seemed to have lost a little momentum here, but it was quickly regained.
While no longer a valley resident, Phoenix once again showed Dave Mustaine that Megadeth
with always be welcomed home with open arms.
Megadeth is: Dave Mustaine vocals, guitars; Glen Drover guitars; James
MacDonough bass; and Shawn Drover drums.
Band Photos: www.printroom.com
ALL Photos © 2005 David Svendsen
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