Review - John Jeffrey, photos - Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
Lewiston, NY - This past week, the heavy metal veterans, Megadeth, lead by benevolent leader and task master - Dave Mustaine - brought their musical fire and fury to Artpark's "Tuesday in the Park." Unfortunately, "Metal" seemed to have scared off the masses, as the show's light attendance (of 4500) only seemed to be comprised of the group's most hardcore following. Quite a shame, as Megadeth not only put on one of the best Artpark concerts I've ever attended, but performed perhaps the best sounding show I've seen out of all of the Megadeth tours I've attended since the early 1990's.
Although Megadeth's early 8pm start seemed to work against the band's LED screen-heavy stage set up (which usually looks amazing under normal dusk hour performances), the Megadeth diehard fans didn't seem to care a bit, as most of the crowd was there for one thing, and that is the trademark 'gun metal gray' sound which the band is known for. Playing the traditional Artpark length set of 90 minutes, Megadeth treated their fans to a great set. While touching on all of the "hits" - a term that never seems to sit right with me when describing the music of Megadeth - the band did not shy away from pulling out some deeper cuts like "Poison was the Cure" (from 1990's "Rust in Peace") and "Set the World Afire (from 1988 album, "So Far, So Good... So What"). And keeping in their tradition of always championing their latest material, the group performed "Public Enemy No. 1" (a single from 2011's "TH1RT3EN") and "Kingmaker" (from the 2013 "Super Collider").
While the Megadeth performance from last year's "Gigantour" was probably the worst mix I've ever heard bestowed upon them, Tuesday night's sound was undoubtedly one of the very best. All of the back and forth guitar soloing between Mustaine and guitarist Chris Broderick was mixed perfectly, where every note being ripped through by each respective guitar shredder could be heard perfectly.
While most fans were there for the music, unfortunately there were some who were there to simply get plowed and others who wanted let out their aggression by starting a mosh pit. Having encountered many 'pits' in my time, I am aware of certain etiquettes involved with them, one being - to create a barrier on the outside of the pit to make sure people who did not want to partake in the 'fun' did not get accosted by the moshing. Unfortunately, these pleasantries were not extended to the audience members outside of the pit, with many non participants getting slammed into, nearly causing several fights to break out during the malay.
I sincerely hope that the less than normal attendance and the actions of a few knuckle heads does not deter Artpark from having more diverse acts like Megadeth in the future, as I would personally love to see Megadeth come back to Artpark in the years to come.
For more on Megadeth, please visit www.megadeth.com
Special thanks to Maria Hayes.
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