Sound: The sound quality was, on the whole, very good. A real quality of Megadeth is their ability to play Live songs almost exactly as they sound on record, very much evident at this show. All of the instruments sounded spot on. Dave Mustaine and Glen Drover's solos sounded practically flawless and Glen seems to be settling in well to Marty Friedman's old role. The bass could have been a bit more audible, but no real complaints. Dave used his new Dean flying Vs throughout, switching between a silver and a red version. Glen used 2 or 3 Deans also, while James LoMenzo used a great-looking Warwick Stryker bass. Shaun Drover used DDrums. // 8
Perfomance: Megadeth performed a set of their more heavy, thrash-orientated material tonight, which sadly meant for the omission of the popular 'A Tout Le Monde'. It was also rather surprising that they missed out gems such as 'Train of Consequences' and 'Trust'. I am rather unfamiliar with the new 'United Abominations' Megadeth material, but the songs they played from the new album sounded great. It was, however, the older material that took up the majority of the setlist, which included quite a few pleasant surprises:
01. Sleepwalker - a great choice as an opener, the crowd went nuts and most people sang along to the words.
02. Take No Prisoners - went straight into this song without a break. A nice surprise, moshpits galore.
03. Skin 'o My Teeth - Megadeth kept up the heavy, fast tempo with this number, another great surprise that sparked more mental pits.
04. Wake Up Dead - another great choice that had everybody moving.
05. Set The World Afire - yet another heavy surprise from the guys.
06. Washington Is Next - Dave finally takes a break to talk to the crowd! Another newbie that shows Megadeth are once again back on form in the thrash metal stakes.
07. Hangar 18 - an old favourite that went down well, with Glen and Dave playing the solos excellently.
08. In My Darkest Hour - another inevitable old favourite.
09. Kick The Chair - Didn't recognise the song but I believe it was this one. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
10. Gears Of War - a great, heavy new song that went down well.
11. She Wolf - wouldn't it be better to hear Reckoning Day or The Conjuring, no?
12. Tornado Of Souls - another very popular surprise.
13. The Mechanix - one of the biggest surprises, that sparked a huge circle pit. I didn't know all the words, so I just sang to 'The Four Horsemen's lyrics!
14. Peace Sells - everyone was singing along to the chorus. Sounded and felt amazing.
15. Symphony Of Destruction - was priceless to hear everyone singing along to the guitar riff with "Mega-deth! Mega-deth! O f--k-ing Mega-deth!"
16. Holy Wars - a final huge mass of movement in the crowd to this excellent closer.
Dave Mustaine kept crowd banter to a real minimum overall, except for some strange anecdote about 'Nova Scotia' and joking to some guy in the crowd for having "less hair than anyone else here", which drew a few laughs. Although Marty Friedman and, in particular, Dave Ellefson have left a big gap, the new guys are gradually endearing themselves to the Megadeth fans. It was nice to see Glen Drover constantly looking and gesturing to appreciate the crowd's support. // 9
Overall Impression: I missed most of the classic rock-sounding support act, Priestess, but what I heard sounded quite good compared to most of the drivel we get as support these days. However, Megadeth themselves were extremely good tonight. After a shaky last few years, they are back on form with some great new stuff. But tonight, it was mainly thanks to the old material that Megadeth rocked so much. I was worried before that they may play too many new songs, but thankfully they did not. Yes, it would be better if, like Metallica, Megadeth varied their setlist between different shows. But unlike Mustaine's old band, Megadeth at least play in Scotland regularly in the first place. I will definitely go back to see them if they play here again. Overall, Megadeth truly tore metal a new arsehole in the Barrowlands tonight. The band were on great form and the crowd was wild, but friendly at the same time, with plenty crowdsurfing and big moshpits and hardly any clowns that throw water and beer around. As a final farewell, many in the crowd sang along to 'A Tout Le Monde' on the way outside, despite its surprising absence from the set. Another priceless moment of a superb gig. // 9