Megadeth are touring in support of their latest album Super Collider (released earlier this year) and the 20th anniversary of their album "Countdown to Extinction". The tour started here in Reno last Dec. (2012) and the last show of the tour was in Reno, that tells this examiner, Reno rocks. To see photos from the Dec. 4, 2012 show at the GSR (click here)
Attendance for this show was nearly sold-out if not sold-out. The venue was packed. Fans of all ages were treated to a great night of impeccable rock & roll as Megadeth always provides.
Starting off the show was 9 Electric, this band was added at the last minute. This examiner's only regret was not knowing they were playing as I only caught 3/4's of their set and had to shoot from the crowd and not in the pit. These guys blew me away, very impressive to say the least. (and that's from seeing only 3/4 of their set)
9 Electric, an electronic hard rock band from Hollywood, CA. They color their hard rock with cutting edge electronic influences, blending arena power with digital mayhem for a sonic assault that pulses neon and exudes energy. The Hollywood quartet unveiled their sound at the Roxy Theater in 2011, and have since become one of the Sunset Strip’s biggest draws with their manic, high-energy performances accompanied by rave-like lighting and synchronized video projections that turn the band’s adrenalized concerts into mind-blowing experiences.
Current members include, Thunderwood-(vocals), Mikey Lopez-(guitar), CaseyDC-(bass) and Micah Electric-(drums/programming).
9E had around 30 minutes to prove they have what it takes to be on the same stage with Megadeth, in turn, that's exactly what they did.
The set went like this,
For Those About To Rock Intro, "Under Attack", "Take", "Time Bomb", "More More", "Goodbye", "Feel This" and "Destroy As You Go".
With a very good stage presence and the ability to rock the fans out, these guys know how to get a show started. A perfect band to open, but in this examiner's opinion, that won't be for long. Keep an eye out for these guys, they are a band well worth the ticket price.
Metal rappers Nonpoint were up next.
Nonpoint is an American metal band formed in 1997. They've been with and are currently signed with 954 Records Rocket Science/Red Sony Bieler, Lava, MCA, Razor & Tie and released their latest album, "Nonpoint" on October 9, 2012.
Current members are, Elias Soriano-(vocals), Robb Rivera-(drums), Rasheed Thomas-(guitar, backing vocals), Dave Lizzio-(guitar) and Adam Woloszyn-(bass).
These guys are no strangers to Reno. They have played many times here in town and rocked it every time.
Nonpoint's set lasted around 30 minutes and went something like this, (from the set list on stage)
"Broken Bones", "Dirty Little Hole", "International Crisis", "That Day", "Rabia", "Buscandome" and "Bullet With A Name".
The set was just what is expected from a high energy band like Nonpoint, they tore it up. Well worth seeing again, the fans loved every minute of it. Very impressive.
Fear Factory hit the stage next.
Fear Factory is an American metal band that formed in 1989 and has released eight full-length albums. Over the course of their career they have evolved from a succession of styles, frequenting industrial metal with flavors of death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal. Fear Factory proved to be enormously influential on the metal scene in the mid- to late-1990s.
The bands current line-up goes like this, Burton C. Bell-(lead vocals), Dino Cazares-(guitar, backing vocals), Matt DeVries-(bass) and Mike Heller-(drums).
The bands set went around 45 minutes and played out like this, ( from memory, no set list on stage)
"The Industrialist ", "Shock", "Edgecrusher", "Damaged", "Demanufacture", "Martyr", "Self Bias Resistor" and "Replica".
These guys lived up to their reputation and put on one helluva set. The fans were not disappointed at the least, they rocked out to every song. You don't want to miss this band the next time they come around. Awesome.
And now for the headliner, Megadeth hit the stage next.
Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. They were formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from his previous band Metallica. The band soon signed to Capitol Records and released their first major label album Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, considered highly influential in the underground metal scene.
Megadeth's current line-up is, Dave Mustaine-(vocals, guitar), Dave Ellefson-(bass, backing vocals), Chris Broderick-(guitar, backing vocals) and Shawn Drover-(drums, percussion).
Megadeth's set lasted over 90 minutes and went like this, (again, from the set list on stage)
"Hangar 18", "Wake Up Dead", "In My Darkest Hour", "Set The World A Fire", "Sweating Bullets", "She-Wolf", "Devil's Island", "Kingmaker", "Trust", "Tornado Of Souls", "Symphony Of Destruction" and three encore songs, "Peace Sells", "Rattlehead" and "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due".
Dave Mustaine is nothing less than brilliant, leaving Metallica was the best thing that could have happened to him.
Mustaine rules the audience every minute he's on stage, his vocals are like no other singer anywhere and he shreds his guitar on every song. A great frontman, he really gets his fans and gives them what they came for, "heavy metal rock & roll".
The rest of the band also tears it up, Broderick is an outstanding guitar player, and fits this band like a glove, as does Ellefson and Drover.
Megadeth is one band that brings heavy duty metal every time they play, you don't want to miss these guy every time they come around.
Thanks to the great people at JMax Productions for bringing great shows like this to the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area. You guys rock.
The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino is a great place to see a show. The sound and most importantly the lighting are top notch and one of the best in the Reno/Sparks area. Plus there's not a bad seat in the house. To see what's going on at the GSR, (click here).
A good time was had by all.
On another note, earlier in the day before the show at the GSR, Bassist Dave Ellefson showed up at local guitar shop Bizarre Guitar as he always does when he's in town. He wanted to promote his new autobiography, "My Life With Deth" which came out on October 29, 2013 on Shanda Golden's show "In The Vault w/ Shanda Golden". To see the interview with Ellefson, (click here).
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All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS
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