Megadeth Laval Concert Review and Photos
We last saw Megadeth in 2022 when they played Place Bell as part of the Metal Tour of the Year. This time around they had new music to share thanks to their latest release, The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead! Joining them was ONI, and Bullet For My Valentine.
Bullet For My Valentine
Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine took to the stage kicking off the night with an electrifying performance of Your Betrayal, followed by hits like Waking The Demon, Peace of Me, and 4 Words (to Choke Upon).
Next up was You Want A Battle (Here's a War), which had the entire crowd jumping. The energy in the venue was electric, and the mosh pit was going strong during Knives, as fans of both Bullet For My Valentine and Megadeth shared the space.
Over It had the crowd jumping once again, with lead vocalist Matt Tuck engaging the audience and encouraging them to sing along. Shatter was a harder track that had the crowd pumping their fists in the air once again.
The band, Matthew Tuck (vocals/guitar), Michael Paget (guitar), Jamie Mathias (bass), and Jason Bowld (drums), was clearly blown away by the energy of the crowd, and they even mentioned that this was the loudest audience of the tour so far. Tears Don't Fall was a fan favourite that had the entire crowd singing along, and it was clear that Bullet For My Valentine had won over even more fans with their incredible performance.
As the night drew to a close, the band closed their set with the explosive Scream Aim Fire, leaving the crowd buzzing with excitement and energy in anticipation for the headliners, Megadeth.
Amidst an enthusiastic "MEGADETH!” chant from the crowd, the American metal legends took to the stage and kicked off the concert with the timeless, Hangar 18.
From the outset, the incredible synergy was evident between band members as they launched into their setlist, featuring electrifying performances of tracks like Dread And The Fugitive Mind, Angry Again, and We’ll Be Back. Fists were in the air during Sweating Bullets, and with the thumping beat of the drums, and the rhythmic claps of the crowd, the bass lead kicked in, and the audience was completely immersed in Trust.
While sitting on top of his perch, drummer Dirk Verbeuren stole the spotlight at times with his impeccable timing and ability to flawlessly keep pace with even the fastest and most complex tempo changes during the songs. As for the rest of the band, Dave Mustaine (vocals and guitar), James LoMenzo (bass), and Kiko Loureiro guitar) each took their turns in the spotlight front and centre during the many solos while feeding off the energy of the crowd.
As the intro to A Tout Le Monde began, the pace slowed down, and the guitar's melancholic notes filled Place Bell. Mustaine handed over the singing duties to the fans, who sang every word with passion and conviction.
The next song was introduced as being about weather, and the crowd went wild as the unmistakable opening riff of Tornado of Souls began to play. The energy in the room was evident as the band's performance continued with Symphony of Destruction before they were joined by their skeletal mascot, Vic Rattlehead, for Peace Sells.
Mechanix followed, and the band's incredible musicianship was on full display as they tore through the fast-paced, intricate riffs. The night came to a thundering end with Holy Wars... The Punishment Due.
The concert was a testament to the band's incredible talent and their ability to captivate an audience. As the final notes of the last song rang out, the crowd erupted. With the memories of an unforgettable performance still fresh in their minds, fans poured out of Place Bell, already eagerly anticipating the next time they would have the chance to see Megadeth perform live.
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BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE