MEGADETH + SUICIDAL TENDENCIES + CHILDREN OF BODOM + HAVOK @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
Photos and words by Maximilian Ho
Legendary thrash metal band Megadeth transformed the stage of the Hollywood Palladium into something akin to a dystopian-themed science fiction movie. Puffs of smoke emanated from the cryo chamber like machine, situated at the back of the stage with graphics flashing on the screens, hinting of nefarious happenings. In January, the band released Dystopia, their 15th studio album, and is currently on a worldwide tour in support of the album. Dystopia is the first album and tour featuring the new lineup with lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler.
Even after all these years, the band still sounded as vital as ever. Dave Mustaine played rhythm guitar like nobody’s business, sang cynical lyrics with his signature snarl, and ripped a few mean solos. David Ellefson thumped out the iconic bass lines to “Peace Sells but Who’s Buying?” and gave the rest of the band a breather during his performance of “Dawn Patrol” Loureiro looked like he was having the time of his life playing blistering solos; like the one he laid down for “Dstopia.” Buried behind cymbals and smoke, Adler pounded away at his drum kit situated on top of the set. Adding some flair to the scene, Vic Rattlehead, the band’s mascot, made an appearance dressed in a business suit during “Peace Sells.”
Megadeth closed out the show with their iconic song “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.” Before they played, Mustaine had something interesting to say about it. “You know it’s funny a… very long time ago I wrote this lyric about how brothers are gonna be killing brothers and… [inaudiable], religion, things I don’t understand you know… and I wrote it so long ago, who would ever think that fuck’n Holy Wars would mean the same thing today to back then?
Suicidal Tendencies played a few songs for the crowd. The band put on a very kinetic performance. Lead singer Mike Muir and the guitarists dashed around the stage during their set, getting the crowd all riled up. Their friends and family watched from the side of the stage, including former bandmate Robert Trujillo, who is now the bassist for Metallica. During a break, Trujillo came on stage to say “hi” to the fans. Also behind the drum kit, touring band member and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo pounded away like the legendary drummer that he is.