On Tuesday December 4, 2012 legendary metal band Megadeth celebrated the 20th anniversary of their album “Countdown to Extinction” with a nearly sold-out show at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. The venue was packed full of die-hard fans of all ages. The first guy in line arrived at 8:00 in the morning, the doors opened 7:00 pm. It was a general admission show and he wanted to be the first one in the door. (someone should have told him that the 20 or so VIP’s got to go in first, oh well). Also on the bill were rockers, Kyng.
Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California which was formed in 1983 by Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson, after Mustaine’s expulsion from Metallica. The band has since released 13 studio albums. A pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s and was ranked as one of the “Big Four of Thrash” along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, who were responsible for creating, developing and popularizing the thrash metal sub-genre.
Over the band’s 27 active years, over 20 different people have officially performed as part of the group, with Mustaine being the only constant member. Megadeth is known for its distinctive, technical instrumental style that often features dense, intricate passages and trade-off guitar solos. Megadeth is also known for recurring lyrical themes including politics, war, addiction, personal relationships, and religion. Megadeth has sold over 38 million albums worldwide with six consecutive albums being certified platinum or multi-platinum in the US. (wiki)
Megadeth has received eleven Grammy nominations including this years nomination for ‘Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)’, from the album ‘TH1RT3EN’, it’s been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. Megadeth is nominated along with Anthrax, Halestorm, Iron Maiden, Lamb Of God and Marilyn Manson.
Current members include, Dave Mustaine – (lead vocals, guitar), Dave Ellefson – (bass, backing vocals), Shawn Drover – (drums, percussion) and Chris Broderick – (guitar, backing vocals).
The set lasted over 90 minutes and went like this (from the set list on stage),
“Trust”, “Hangar 18”, “Public Enemy”, “Skin O’ My Teeth”, “Symphony Of Destruction”, “Architecture Of Aggression”, “Foreclosure Of A Dream”, “Sweating Bullets”, “This Was My Life”, “Countdown To Extinction”, “High Speed Dirt”, “Pyschotron”, “Captive Honour”, “Ashes In Your Mouth”, “Peace Sells” and the encore song “Holy wars”.
There were no bells and whistles for this show, just pure rock and roll. Mustaine interacted with the audience by shaking hands and giving high-fives all along the the rail of the photo pit. At one point during the show, Mustaine noticed a young boy that was up front and brought him up onto the stage and asked him who his favorite band was, the little boy answered, “Megadeth”. he then asked him how old he was, the boy said, “12”, the crowd went wild with applause.
Megadeth really puts on a fantastic show, it would be foolish to miss them the next time they come our way.
On Tuesday, December 3, the day before the show, Dave Ellefson and Chris Broderick showed up at local guitar shop Bizarre Guitar in Reno and had a meet and greet with the fans. To read all about it, go to, (http://rootshed.com/article/photos-members-of-megadeth-has-meet-greet-at-bizarre-guitar-reno?cid=db_articles) for all the details of the event.
Opening the show was a band called Kyng.
KYNG, the southern California hard rock trio, originated in January of 2008 in Los Angeles. Singer/songwriter Eddie Veliz, bassist Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke Magana. After years of working off and on with each other on various projects, decided to propagate the idea of a band that would closer fulfill their musical desires. Within months of sessioning the three were sold on the chemistry and shortly after that went into the studio to record their debut album, ” Trampled Sun”.
Kyng got around 40 minutes to show their stuff and rocked the house for every minute. (sorry, no set list).
This show “ROCKED”. A good time was had by all.
The Grand Theatre inside the GSR is one of Reno’s premier venues. It has great sound & lighting and best of all, not a bad seat in the house. For all up-coming shows, go to, (http://www.grandsierraresort.com/entertainment/calendar#all-events)
This show was brought to you by, JMax Productions.
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, “The Photos Are What It’s All About”, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS
Support your local bands and venues … GO TO A SHOW !!!