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The Big Four at Tuborg Green Fest presented by Sonisphere Festivals
Romexpo - Bucharest, Romania
June 26, 2010

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Dave Mustaine and his Rust In Peace Guitar

Megadeth was the second band to play at Sonisphere Romania. I would have expected them to play later; to me they deserved to be just before Metallica, at Slayer’s schedule.

If Anthrax were celebrating the return of Joey Belladonna, Megadeth were celebrating the return of David Ellefson.

David Ellefson of Megadeth at the Sonisphere Festival in Bucharest

Of course it would have been great to have Chris Poland, or Marty Friedman with Nick Menza in order to have a classic line-up.
But I think Megadeth has a great line-up nowadays, with Chris Broderick on guitar and Shan Drover on drums.

As you might know, Megadeth are celebrating in 2010 the 20th anniversary of the masterpiece Rust In Piece, and they were playing the album in its entirety in the US as well as in some selected European shows.

At the first show of the Big Four, at the Sonisphere Festival in Warsaw, Poland, Megadeth played the whole Rust In Peace. I was expecting them to do the same here…

The stage was decorated with a backdrop of the Rust in Peace album a bit reworked.
The drums were painted with a radioactive sign, as were 1990’s Nick Menza drums.
Dave Mustaine was wearing a white shirt, just as he used to do at that time, and he had a guitar with the Rust in Peace artwork.

Chris Broderick of Megadeth live at Romexpo in Bucharest

Magadeth started with an incredible version of Holy Wars, followed by a great Hangar 18!
But as we expected Take No Prisoners, Mustaine said on the microphone “The next song is about crushing people’s heads” to announce Headcrusher
The dream of hearing the complete Rust in Peace album was over.

Well, I hope next time I’ll see them they’ll play it, but anyway I’m not going to complaint about Megadeth’s setlist: Sweating Bullets, Hook In Mouth , In My Darkest Hour… They played many classics and great songs.

Dave Mustaine at the Sonisphere Big Four in Bucharest

Dave Mustaine didn’t talk a lot. Megadeth played song after song with little time off.
He introduced Skin O’My Teeth as “This is a song I wrote on my way back from the dentist”, and before A Tout Le Monde he said something about France.

Dave Mustaine’s solos sounded great, and his right hand for the rhythm parts is impressive.
The man looks as young as in the beginning! Scott Ian, James Hetfield, Tom Araya or Jeff Hannemann they all do their age. But Mustaine still looks like a young man, even if his face is hidden most of the time by his blond and abundant hair.

David Ellefson live at Romexpo in Bucharest

It was really cool to see David Ellefson back on stage with Megadeth. I missed him! Last time I saw him side by side with Mustaine was in 2002!

Of course James Lo Menzo is great and I enjoyed a lot seeing Megadeth with him.
But when Junior started to play Peace Sells I thought “that’s right! A great bass part played by the man that should play it!”.

During the whole show his bass was very loud, but that’s not a sound problem when talking about Megadeth!

Chris Broderick from Megadeth live at Romexpo in Bucharest

Chris Broderick proved once again that he is great in his lead guitar role.
He seems very well integrated to the band.

He goes left and right of the stage, spends his time headbanging, and his solos sound very good, even those composed by Marty Friedman’s and Chris Poland. Well, Mustaine took some of those solos, so they really share the lead guitar role now. I hope Chris Broderick will stay in Megadeth for a long time.

Shawn Drover and Dave Mustaine at Tuborg Green Fest

Now, the man that should never ever leave Megadeth is Shawn Drover.
Hey Mustaine, please read this: never fire him!
He’s one of the best, or probably the best drummer Megadeth has ever had (And yes, I know Nick Menza and Jimmy DeGrasso have played in this band).
Playing drums fast seems like a child’s play to him.
He seems so peaceful, not even pulling faces when playing hard parts.

Also, he has reworked drum parts of the previous drummers and makes them sound, if not better, at least as good as the original.

A great guitar duo: Chris Broderick and Dave Mustaine

The audience responded extremely well to the set of Megadeth.
During Symphony Of Destruction everyone was singing the melody like in the Buenos Aires That One Night DVD.
Except that they sang “Me me me Megadeth” instead of “Aguante Megadeth”.

Also, after the end of the show I wanted to buy a Megadeth T-shirt but they were sold out (Anthrax T-shirts were sold out as well; there were only Slayer and Metallica clothes left)!!

Sonisphere Romania: David Ellefson of Megadeth When the song Peace Sells ended we all thought that it was going to be the end of the show.
But Mustaine had s suprise: he began to play a fast riff and the band did one more song: She Wolf.

And another surprise came right after, when they played again the end of Holy Wars, and instead of singing, Dave Mustaine introduced the band. He ended the concert with the word “You’ve been great, and we’ve been Megadeth” (Which reminded me of Volbeat end their shows).
Megadeth live at Romexpo in Bucharest The show lasted a bit more than an hour but it seemed so short!

I hope they’ll soon be on tour in Europe again and catch a headlining show, especially if they play the album Rust In Peace!

Once again, Megadeth deserved to be higher on the festival bill, but Slayer was coming next.

Dave Mustaine live at Sonisphere Romania

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Setlist Megadeth – Sonisphere Tuborg Green festival, Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania – June 26, 2010

01. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
02. Hangar 18
03. Headcrusher
04. In My Darkest Hour
05. Skin O' My Teeth
06. A Tout Le Monde
07. Hook In Mouth
08. Trust
09. Sweating Bullets
10. Symphony Of Destruction
11. Peace Sells
12. She-Wolf
13. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due (reprise)

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Megadeth Line-up:

Dave Mustaine – Vocals / Guitars
Chris Broderick – Guitars
David Ellefson – Bass
Shawn Drover – Drums
Dave Mustaine live at Tuborg Green fest in Bucharest
The Big Four of Megadeth: David Ellefson, Chris Broderick, Dave Mustaine and Shawn Drover
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