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Gigantour | February 23, 2012

Dave Mustaine has brought his Gigantour back for the first time since 2008 with arguably the best line-up to-date featuring Lacuna Coil, Volbeat, Motörhead and (of course) Megadeth.  This is definitely one of those tours where it’s worth getting there early to catch all of the bands.  [Click on photos see a photo gallery for each band]

First up and taking the stage promptly at the uncivilized hour of 6:30 pm was Lacuna Coil. With only a 30 minute slot, Lacuna Coil took the opportunity to promote their January > release Dark Adrenaline by dedicating half of their setlist to the new album.  Unfortunately a 25-30 minute set isn’t nearly enough but thankfully for those that couldn’t make it to San Jose in time or were left wanting more, Cristina announced that there would be a headlining tour in April.

Lacuna Coil Setlist:

  • Our Truth
  • Upsidedown
  • Fragile
  • Kill the Light
  • Trip the Darkness
  • Spellbound

Second on the bill … Danish rockers Volbeat. After first being brought to the attention of the U.S. a few years ago, it was clear from the number of Volbeat t-shirts and movement on the floor during their set that the band has been successful in consistently building a U.S. fan base. Tailoring their setlist for the Gigantour crowd, Volbeat focused on the heavier aspects of their catalog and also pulled more of their setlist from last year’s Beyond Hell / Above Heaven than on previous runs.   With the departure of guitarist Thomas Bredahl last year, Volbeat brought on tour none other than the legendary Hank Shermann of Mercyful Fate to fill in.  I was always a big fan of Thomas but I must admit that Hank really killed it on stage and seemed to fit in well with the rest of the band. Closing their set with a snippet of Slayers Raining Blood set things up perfectly for the Motörhead set.

Volbeat Setlist:

  • A Warrior’s Call
  • Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
  • The Human Instrument
  • Sad Man’s Tongue
  • Hallelujah Goat
  • Who They Are
  • Fallen
  • The Mirror and the Ripper
  • Pool of Booze, Booze, Booza
  • Still Counting
  • Raining Blood (Slayer cover)

Gigantour had seemed to be ticking along well up until now, but things kicked into high gear when Motörhead took the stage and the relatively structured circle pits of the previous bands transformed into an anarchic free-for-all as the crowd surged in multiple directions at the same time. Lemmy’s not one to run around the stage but there’s no denying the power that this band still has after all of these years.  Even with the predictability of closing out the set with Ace of Spades and Overkill, Motörhead would prove to be a tough act to follow.

Mötorhead Setlist:

  • Bomber
  • Damage Case
  • I Know How to Die
  • Stay Clean
  • Over the Top
  • The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
  • The One to Sing the Blues (with Drum Solo)
  • Going to Brazil
  • Killed by Death
  • Ace of Spades
  • Overkill

Once Motorhead left the stage, a huge black curtain was hoisted across the front of the stage, adding an air of mystery as the crew set up for the final act.  When the black curtain finally fell, it revealed a massive stage with Sean Drover propped up on a platform at the far back  in front of a huge LED screen. Mustaine is not one for stage theatrics but thankfully Broderick and Ellefson were on fire, rocking the giant stage in a way that ensured the crowd wasn’t falling asleep (as if that was even a possibility).  The setlist was a healthy mix of the classics as well as new songs from their latest release TH1RT3EN. Unfortunately Endgame continues to be underrepresented live, with only the usual single song (Head Crusher) being played.  In any case, if that’s the only complaint from the evening, the show clearly lived up to the name Gigantour.

Megadeth Setlist:

  • Trust
  • Wake Up Dead
  • In My Darkest Hour
  • Foreclosure of a Dream
  • Sweating Bullets
  • Public Enemy No. 1
  • Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
  • Guns, Drugs & Money
  • Head Crusher
  • Hook in Mouth
  • A Tout Le Monde (with Cristina Scabbia)
  • Symphony of Destruction
  • Peace Sells


  • Holy Wars… The Punishment Due

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