MEGADETH Japan Tour 2017
with special guest ANTHRAX
On Friday, May 19, 2017, I had the pleasure of seeing ANTHRAX and MEGADETH perform live at Odaiba’s ZEPP DiverCity. Not having been a huge fan of ANTHRAX, I must say they did bring to the stage their raucous heavy metal performing a solid 60 minute onslaught of their hit songs for the sold out audiences, the perfect setting prepping us ALL for the headliner to follow.
ANTHRAX’s current lineup consists of Joey Belladonna (vocals), Scott Ian (guitar), Charlie Benante (drums), Frank Bello (bass) and Jonathan Donais (guitar) whose sound and style has hardly changed over their many years of pounding the pavement – 100% Pure, Raw and in-your-face Heavy Metal!
And what a perfect venue, the ZEPP DiverCity, a moderate sized venue providing an intimate atmosphere for mosh pit chaos, crowd surfing and just hardcore head banging metal. Looking forward to another opportunity to see them live – ENCORE!
(ANTHRAX Friday, May 19th Set List) – 60 minutes
I Can’t Turn You Loose (OTIS REDDING cover)
Among The Living
Caught In The Mosh
Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t
Be All End All
Blood Eagle Wings
Antisocial (TRUST cover)
Having seen MEGADETH perform now three times, I must admit this is the BEST incarnation of this band to date witnessed. The pounding drums of Dirk Verbeuren, the aural assault of Dave Ellefson’s bass, Dave Mustaine’s intricate rhythm and lead playing while singing and finally, the BEST lead guitar player that MEGADETH has EVER had, in my opinion, Kiko Loureiro.
Kiko Loureiro is today’s hottest rated guitarist and AMP is proud to have him on our musician and songwriter roster. MEGADETH finished in Tokyo, Japan their seven country Asian tour with these two final SOLD OUT shows.
Having been lucky enough a couple of years ago to witness Kiko play with his Brazilian band ANGRA, I thought to myself then, if he is this good with ANGRA, I can’t wait to see what he does with MEGADETH. No one was disappointed. Kiko delivered the goods and then some. MEGADETH’s latest release, 『Dystopia』 was Kiko’s chance to show the world his chops and he did! His playing is fluid, clean and classically inspired with signs of maturity with both his playing techniques and overall stage presence.
As for their concert, MEGADETH opened with「Hangar 18」and ended with 「Holy Wars」both off the 『Rust in Peace』album. My personal favorite of the night was 「Poisonous Shadows」, off their latest release, 『Dystopia』. The set list contained no fillers, all killer songs neatly fitted between those earlier mentioned opening/ending masterpieces. The sound, as usual in small Japanese auditorium-type venues, was fantastic! The light show was memorizing as was the three LCD screens used to project synchronized imagery throughout the entire performance.
MEGADETH, formed in 1983 after Dave Mustaine’s ouster from METALLICA, has continually showed the masses what is required to maintain momentum in ntoday’s music scene, even after a 34 year career of head banging metal. MEGADETH are veterans lending insight to up and coming thrash metal bands as to what it takes to endure as long as this band have. MEGADETH still have what it takes with no signs of slowing down - Rock On!
(MEGADETH Friday, May 19th Set List) – 90 minutes
Skin Of My teeth
Threat Is Real
Conquer Or Die
Poison Was The Cure
A Tout Le Monde
Post American World
2017.04.17 ZEPP Osaka Bayside
2017.05.18 & 19 ZEPP DiverCity – SOLD OUT!
(Doors: 18:00 / Start: 19:00)
(Kiko Loureiro’s Official Sites)
Official HP http://kikoloureiro.com.br/
MEGADETH Official HP http://www.megadeth.com/
ANTHRAX Official HP http://anthrax.com/