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   MEGADETH - DIAMOND HEAD
Megadeth  Nico Wobben Hof Ter Lo, Antwerp (B)
February 10th 2005

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What are the odds that friends of a not-so-big band that you happen to know and love, suddenly end up in one of heavy metal's biggest legends? It happened to Glen and Shawn Drover from the Canadian band Eidolon. We were supposed to meet up with the Drovers in the afternoon if possible, so we went to Antwerp early. Unfortunately the band was delayed a few hours because the ferry from England was much later due to rough weather. We did see Glen only briefly before the show when he invited us to the meet and greet after the show, we'd be able to talk then and meet everybody. In this case that was something I was nervous for, because somewhere in the late 80's I've painted Dave Mustaine on a t-shirt and I never had the chance to meet him and show him that shirt - until now! But, first things first, the show!

Diamond Head  Nico Wobben English legends DIAMOND HEAD opened and I was curious how their new singer would be, because in Wacken 2003 it was a desaster IMO. But that was a joint venture of Diamond Head and Tygers Of Pan Tang resulting Jess Cox on vocals, who just couldn't do the Diamond Head classics justice. We had briefly talked to original member Brian Tatler before the show and he said they had a great singer now. And he was right! What a relief, having only the Wacken performance in mind (anyone seen the "Am I Evil?" version on the Wacken DVD?). No, tonight was very different, a very worthy Diamond Head performance! How awesome it was to hear the classics (loudly sung along by the audience) as well as some great new songs like "Mine All Mine" and "Broken Pieces". Guitarist Brian Tatler (and his band in general) has been a big influence on many metalbands (you'll all well remember the bunch of songs Metallica covered in the old days), I loved watching and hearing him play and Brian also had a big grin on his face most of the time:) Great performance by the whole band and singer Nick Tart indeed had a very good voice, so I was one big feast! The grand finale was of course their probably best known song, one of the absolute biggest metal classics of all time Diamond Head  Nico Wobben (Nick: "I know you're gonna love this song" (and the crowd started cheering)... ""Am I Evil?""! All hell broke loose and the whole crowd sang along!
Since we had come in just before the band started and I was very thirsty I was forced to miss a few (probably two) songs because I had to get beer tickets and beer during the show, so I don't have the complete setlist. But this is what I've got:

Am I Evil intro
It's Electric
*my beer break*
Mine All Mine
Sucking My Love
Broken Pieces
Helpless
Am I Evil

Megadeth  Nico Wobben Ater the break it was time for the big show of Mr. Mustaine and his new MEGADETH line-up. And boy, I love this line-up!. I've seen James MacDonough play a lot of times with Iced Earth and of course I love the Drovers, but hey I'm maybe a bit biased ;) Yet when I read on Megadeth's forum I can see the fans there love them too :) Well I won't beat around the bush.. it was AWESOME! I love the new album, so I was looking forward to those songs almost as much as the old classics. Everyone played fabulous, Glen and Dave are a great guitar team, Jimmy has always been an animal on bass, so what's new LOL, and I already knew that Shawn kills on drums and having a huge rack was a nice addition to the visual side of things. We could see it well, for it was standing much higher than a drumkit usually is. I regularly teared up as I was soooo proud seeing Shawn and Glen up there!! Another nice visual part was the huge courthouse backdrop with the "unequal injustice - under law". Dave's voice is so much better than it's ever been, it was just great, and I can assure you I have never ever said that before. It's amazing what taking better care of your health can do to you ;) Dave doesn't talk a lot between the songs, but there were a few funny intermezzo's and he is constantly in touch with his fans anyway.

Megadeth  Nico Wobben The show started with "Blackmail The Universe", the killer opener on the current album "The System Has Failed". After two classics and another new killer tune, it was time for two of my old favorites, "Wake Up Dead" and the unsurpassed "In My Darkest Hour". The line "my flesh still crawls as I breathe your name" must be one of the biggest goosebump-moments in metal! After that song, Dave said that 3 years ago his doctor told him he would never play guitar again. With a big grin he showed his wiggling fingers to the crowd: "Well it seems to be working just fine, don't you think?!", of course followed by a lot of cheering from the fans. Those fans are also loudly heard during "A Tout Le Monde" and I could swear I heard the French guys who we met before the show (thx for the beer!) above all the rest hehe. There's some extra spotlight for Jimmy during the intro of "Trust" and in or after "Symphony Of Destruction" where he gets to do a little solo. "Of Mice And Men" was dedicated to Dimebag Darrel and during "Back In The Day" the Diamond Head guys came on stage for the backing vocals. No need for that during "Sweating Bullets" because the crowd had again taken over! "Peace Sells" was played close to the end, and they incorporated Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" in it. Personally I didn't think it fitted in there and would've much rather heard "Mechanix" in that mix, like they had done on a lot of previous shows. But, I don't mean to bitch about the setlist, because I thought it's pretty deadly, regarding the big amount of songs they have to choose from. The encore was "Holy Wars" and it was the closing tune of a long set (1 3/4 hours I believe)!

signed painting on shirt Blackmail The Universe
Set The World Afire
Skin O' My Teeth
Scorpion
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
Something I'm Not
Angry Again
A Tout Le Monde
Die Dead Enough
Trust
Tornado Of Souls
Of Mice and Men
Kick The Chair
Hangar 18
Back In The Day
Sweating Bullets
Symphony Of Destruction
Peace Sells/Paranoid medley
Holy Wars

Dave and Nico After talking to some friends for a while, we thought we'd better check where we'd have to go for the meet and greet. We found it just in time to go upstairs with the last group of people ;) It was great to catch up a bit with Glen and Shawn and we took some pics. Just when I saw that Dave was getting ready to leave I went up to him with my painted t-shirt for him to sign. He joked about me making it without permission, at least, in retrospect, I hope he didn't think it was a printed bootleg Marlies and Shawn  Nico Wobben shirt I made??! It's a normal painting, just on a shirt... but anyway, I showed it and he signed it after 18 or so years, something I never thought I'd have a chance to!

So all in all it was the best Megadeth show I have ever seen, and a great night overall (thanks again Glen for taking care of us!). Dave Mustaine's back - whether he'll continue as Megadeth or under a new monicker, he's back with a vengeance and with probablyShawn, Nico and Glen  Marlies Wobben the most driven band he ever had. Check megadeth.com's forums (you will need to register to read) for regular updates from the bandmembers, and/or crew member Lance Dean's hilarious tourdiary about the Cuban conspiracy, the one-armed man and other regular tourstuff ;)

submitted by Marlies 28.02.2005

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