Black Sabbath and Megadeth is an amazing bill not to be missed, and I’m really glad I could see this tour, even if ticket prices were extremely expensive.
I got inside just to see the local opening act, a band called Stoneflex whose music stands somewhere between Industrial and Death Metal. Regardless of the fact that I liked their music or not, I have to say that they're good at what they do. The guys from Stoneflex did their best in front of a 20 000+ audience that didn’t came to see an Industrial Metal concert, so thumbs up for that.
Megadeth’s show started punctually at 7pm, when a large screen behind the stage began projecting images and the Megadeth logo while we could hear an instrumental version of Prince Of Darkness.
The band started with Hangar 18 and that was just an incredible blast! I was so happy to hear that one right from the beginning! Plus, the sound was really good and the giant screen began projecting images of aliens and some excerpts from the Hangar 18 video clip.
Two all time classics came next, Wake Up Dead and In My Darkest Hour. Dave thanked the audience with a celebrated “Muschísimas gracias Bogotá” before going on with Kingmaker, the only song from the new record Super Collider.
Instead of talking between the songs, Megadeth played a couple of funny movie clips featuring the band. Before Sweating Bullets they played the scene from Wayne’s World when Garth asks a hot girl “Do You Have Any Megadeth?”, and Peace Sells was introduced by a clip from the movie Talk Radio when Kent starts to sing that song in a radio show.
Megadeth had prepared something special to show on the giant screen during every song. For example during Tornado of Souls there were thunderstorms, tornados and rain along with footage of the show. It looked like if Mustaine was singing in the eye of the tornado. By the way, Chris Broderick’s solo sounded amazing.
During Sweating Bullets we were shown new images of the asylum featured on the video clip, plus portraits of actual people that probably have ended in places like this.
During Symphony Of Destruction, there were images from the Gristle Mix video clip of that song. More images of demonstrations were shown during Peace Sells, while several small TV screens showing war images appeared during Holy Wars.
Actually, this is the most elaborate Megadeth show I’ve seen. It’s the only time I’ve seen the band making something else than playing music. All other times they’ve just had a backdrop, plus a couple of times they’ve brought Vic on stage.
So, Megadeth’s performance was great, but how was the crowd? Well, you might already know that Colombia is Dave Mustaine’s favourite audience in the world. Argentina had the first spot for a long time, but Colombia was very close and Dave said in 2011 that the baton was passed.
And it's still here. Tonight, at the end of the show he said it again: Dave stated that they have already played Argentina, Chile and Brazil on this tour, and that Colombia was the loudest audience in Latin America.
Nowadays many crowds in the world sing the name of the band during Symphony Of Destruction. This started in Argentina with “Aguante Megadeth” but as a fun fact, people here sing “Jueputa Megadeth” (Fu*kin’ Megadeth).
So, what have the fans in Colombia done to deserve that first spot? Besides being the loudest crowd, what if I tell you that most people in the first rows were wearing Vic Rattlehead masks?
Lots of people had a paper reading Megadeth 30 years and we all raised it at the beginning of Symphony Of Destruction. And during Holy Wars, we all raised a paper with the radioactive sign.
Dave stated that Colombia surprised him before by doing something similar to this, something he hasn't seen anywhere in the world, and he didn’t imagine that people here would do it again.
Oh, and during Peace Sells lots of white ballons were released in the air by the fans.
Megadeth’s concert was short but compact, intense and powerful. Dave left the stage playing air guitar so I know he also would have loved to play longer.
Despite the fact that the band played for only 50 minutes, this is one of the best Megadeth shows I’ve seen!
Only 35 minutes later, Black Sabbath was on stage. Read here Black Sabbath in Bogotá live report.
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Setlist Megadeth – Parque Simón Bolívar – Bogotá, – October 19 2013
Intro: Prince of Darkness
01. Hangar 18
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
Tornado Of Souls
Symphony of Destruction
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
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Megadeth band Line-up:
Dave Mustaine – Vocals / Guitars
Chris Broderick – Guitars
David Ellefson – Bass
Shawn Drover – Drums