Megadeth Descends on Prospera Place As They Try To Crush The World
by Miles Overn
The crowd was right up against the photo pit barrier long before the band ever took to the stage. There was a unique kind of anticipation, an interesting vibe if you will. Mostly way younger audience than we were expecting, and emanating an aura of coolness and casual expectation.
That quickly gave way to a more frenzied rush of excitement and a giving over to the shared thrill of a metal audience catching one of the genres true trailblazers and major bands as Dirk Verbeuren started pounding on his drum kit from his tower way above the stage floor before
his bandmates even appeared from the darkened wings.
It wasn't long before crowd-surfed bodies were being deposited into the photo pit only to be whisked away by security personnel as Megadeth started into a night of songs covering the whole history of the bands releases from over the decades.
Dave Mustaine, the lead singer and guitarist who formed the band back in its earliest days, spent the first song mosty glued to his mic as he delivered Megadeth vocals and lyrics as only he can. Lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro felt no such constraints and was already stalking the stage like
someone on a mission to crush inhibitions and ambivalence while engaging with the crowd across the entire arena width. It wasn't long before bassist James LoMenzo was also on the prowl, and ultimately all three would be trading places across the stage so as to allow each of them to connect with
the entire audience.
As the night progressed, Mustaine, Loureiro, and LoMenzo aggresively prowled the Prospera Place stage while Verbeuren watched on from up above while providing the thunderous bottom end that helped drive the band and the crowd through the whole concert.
The tour heads to Alberta for stops in Edmonton and Calgary before continuing across Canada and dipping down for a couple stops in the US in advance of heading over to Europe later in the year. We spoke to a few VIP ticket holders who were following them to all the Western Canada dates
and clearly were enjoying their moment right up front with the photographers. Details on the tour can be found on the bands website.