|Anthrax's Scott Ian|
Megadeth was up next, and spent the first three quarters of their set performing their classic album "Rust in Peace" in its entirety. Rust is a fantastic album, and with songs like "Hangar 18," "Take No Prisoners," "Tornado of Souls," and "Rust in Peace...Polaris," it is widely considered to be the best that Megadeth has ever released. Bassist David Ellefson, who played with Megadeth back when they recorded "Rust in Peace," is back in the band, and brought tons of energy to the crowd, stepping up to encourage cheers for guitarists Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick during solos and jamming along to the riffs. Mustaine's vocals have never been Megadeth's selling point, and my relatively low expectations in that department were well placed. At times fading in and out, at times sounding a bit flat, Mustaine's vocals weren't totally there, but that's not why you go to see Megadeth; you go for the guitars.
Slayer was the night's closing act, and they delivered exactly what their many fans in attendance came for: pure, hellish, unrelenting thrash metal. Slayer, whose lineup has remained fairly consistent over the years, was playing with the band's original four members: Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King on guitars, Tom Araya on bass guitar and vocals, and Dave Lombardo on drums. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their critically-acclaimed album "Seasons in the Abyss," they played the record from front to back, just as Megadeth did with "Rust in Peace" earlier in the show. In addition, they played a few tunes from "Reign in Blood" including "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood." Aside from "Raining Blood," I wasn't terribly impressed with Slayer's performance. Hanneman was downright robotic over on the left side of the stage, King simply did small headbanging motions as he played, and crowd interaction was minimal. Tom Araya briefly addressed the audience after the first two songs, and really didn't say much in between songs from that point onward.
|Slayer's Jeff Hanneman|
I missed being able to watch the Badgers beat (former) #1 Ohio State in order to attend this show, and it was well worth it. Anthrax, Megadeth, and yes, even Slayer put on one of the best shows I have ever attended. I may not ever be able to stand 15 feet away from Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick, 2 of my personal guitar heroes, ever again. 3 hours of driving? $25 in gas. Tickets? $50. Being able to rock out with the godfathers of thrash less than 20 feet in front of you for four hours? Priceless.
Closed Circuit to Lankey - the host of That Metal Show was the night's MC and made jokes about Brett Favre's dong in between acts. He was not very funny. That Metal Show better be really good.