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The next band on the bill was the death/speed metal band Children of Bodom, out of Finland. COB frontman, Alexi Laiho, nearly incited a riot as he pleaded with the fans to organize a mosh pit "right down the middle" in his words. The Finnish death metal group had metal maniacs crowd surfing, fist pumping, mashing, and pushing every which way. Their setlist included: Are You Dead Yet?, In Your Face, Morrigan, Silent Night, Bodom Night, Hate Me!, I Worship Chaos, Angels Don't Kill, & Downfall. As the band continued their fierce set, fans were chanting B-O-D-O-M as they absolutely killed the setlist. I am not a huge fan of death metal and this was actually my first time hearing Bodom. However; I was extremely impressed with their skill and talent. I gave Children of Bodom an 8/10 on this evening with an above average performance. One fun fact for the band is that Alexi Laiho had a guitar with a fluorescent lighted neck on his main guitar.
Next up was Suicidal Tendencies, who nearly brought the roof down on this cold snowy evening in the city. The veteran thrash band knew exactly what the Philly crowd desired and they delivered on point. They opened with You Can't Bring Me Down and FreeDumb. Then they did an elongated version of Trip at the Brain before diving head on into their most popular hit "Institutionalized." After a ton of mashing, ST closed with Cyco Vision and Pledge Your Allegiance. I have never saw Suicidal Tendencies live at any venue and you could definitely sense the energy that this band was going to bring to the table. Of course the highlight of the night was when the band's new drummer was introduced. At this point the crowd went into a frenzy as Dave Lombardo was introduced. Dave was the original drummer for the thrash kings, Slayer. Suicidal Tendencies also measured up this evening with a killer performance.
Of course, the moment that the fans had all been waiting for was up next. During the intermission, you could sense the increase in energy throughout the crowd. By this point many of the fans were under the influence of some sort of substance and there were a few fights. As the intensity began to build, some fans became impatient and shouted obscenities towards Megadeth and it's band members. However; before long this was a forgotten memory as the lights darkened and the video screen began to flash. And then the song "Prince of Darkness" began to play throughout the venue. All of a sudden there was a brief three second pause followed by the introduction of "Hangar 18" as the band members stormed the stage which shined with lights. David Elleffson (Bass) came front and center and Kiko Loureiro (the new guitarist) came out on the right, followed by Dave Mustaine. After the intro verse, Mustaine and Elleffson switched as Dave came to the center. The crowd absolutely went apeshit.
I have been to ten Megadeth shows in my lifetime, and I would rank this concert in my top three of all-time. The band almost played for two hours straight in the jam packed Electric Factory. This was actually the second time that I had saw them in this venue; the first one being back in 2001 for The World Needs A Hero tour. In fact, I have saw Megadeth with five different combinations during the ten shows. Of course there was the prime lineup: Mustaine (Vocals), Elleffson (Bass), Marty Friedman (Guitar), and Nick Menza (Drums). Friedman and Menza were then replaced with Al Pitrelli (Guitar) and Jimmy Degrasso (Drums). Then it was Shawn Drover (Drums), Glen Drover (Guitar), and James LoMenzo (Bass). Glen Drover was then replaced by Chris Broderick (Guitar). Finally, it was Loureiro (Guitar) and Chris Adler (Drums), who is also in the popular metal band Lamb of God.
The crowd was treated to a stellar show this night by all of the bands. And Megadeth did not disappoint as they were epic on this night. David Elleffson even performed his bass solo "Dawn Patrol," from the multi platinum record "Rust In Peace." One thing that I have noticed about Megadeth shows is the amount of professionalism that goes into their performance. Dave Mustaine is known for being hard-nosed and tough when it comes to his expectations. However; Dave gives the entire band their chance to shine in the spotlight and that is extremely heart warming. Many front men of metal bands try to hog the stage and Mustaine is the exact opposite. As far as the setlist, Megadeth played six songs from the new album that is doing very well on the charts. I would definitely recommend Megadeth as a "Must See Show" for any true metal fan. There is tight sound with exhilarating vocals. Of course, the band closed with "Holy Wars" which is possibly their most popular song from their catalog.
Intro- Prince of Darkness
1) Hangar 18
2) The Threat Is Real
3) Wake Up Dead
4) In My Darkest Hour
5) Post American World
6) Dawn Patrol
7) Poison Was The Cure
10) Sweating Bullets
12) Fatal Illusion
13) Tornado Of Souls
14) Poisonous Shadows
15) Symphony of Destruction
16) Peace Sells...But Who's Buying
17) Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Outro- Silent Scorn
Shadow of Deth