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Gigantour in San Jose, CA on February 23, 2012

Gigantour is the Metal festival  founded by Dave Mustaine in 2005. In 2012 was the first time I attended the event. On February 23 they brought it to San Jose, CA to the local university event center. There are four bands participating this year: Lacuna Coil from Italy, Volbeat from Denmark, Motörhead and Megadeth. That was a second time I saw Volbeat and Motörhead. Volbeat supported Metallica in San Jose in 2009, I think. Motörhead I saw in San Francisco a year ago.

Lets start from the beginning. That was the first time in my life I attended the concert as a VIP guest. I bought my VIP ticket from VIP Nation in order to participate in Megadeth meet and greet event. To be honest with you, that was not something I expected for. I mean, that was really cool to see the favorite band so close and to take a picture with them, but I though that would be a little more “open”, so we will be able to sign the things (at least one thing) we bring with us, like a vinyl record or a CD. I thought they gonna sign the posters in front of us, so it will be kind of personal, with our names on it… Yeah, I understand, that would be very time consuming for them, but this is what I expected. I knew we were not allowed to bring cameras, but guys, why the hell to restrict the phone usage? I really wanted to capture the moment when I approach the band, shake their hands and say 1-2 words before I go. Anyway, I’m glad I was there, that was a great moment of my life and as a result I have a memorable picture.

First band was Lacuna Coil, unfortunately never heard of them before. They reminded me a little my favorite British band Paradise Lost. They played 6 songs. Here is the setlist: “Our Truth”, “Upsidedown”, “Fragile”, “Kill the Light”, “Trip the Darkness”, “Spellbound”. They were all new for me, but some of them are really new from the latest band’s album “Dark Adrenaline“. In my video you can enjoy “Kill The Light”. Will definitely try to find out more stuff from them, even on vinyl.

Volbeat is the band that I will for sure go to their next show. I really like them, their music is sharp, heavy, and Michael Poulsen‘ vocal and a singing manner are very out of the ordinary. They performed much longer than the Italian band, they sang 10 songs and resumed the show with Slayer‘s “Raining Blood” intro cover. Here is the 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

Motörhead covered their old stuff as well as the songs from the latest album The Wörld Is Yours. That was pretty simple, as Lemmy said: “We are Motörhead and we play Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Yep, this is it, they play a really high level Rock ‘n’ Roll that I listen to for more than twenty five years of my life. The thing I really enjoy in their shows is the drum solo. The way Mikkey Dee does it just blows me away. The guys proved again and again, that for them Rock ‘n’ Roll music is a true religion (I quote them here), as well as for me. Here is the 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

Megadeth’s  performance was the last one. Black curtain walled the stage and when it was dropped down the show started and the band lit up the audience. There was a huge display behind Shawn Drover, so the songs were also covered with video cuts from their clips. They played several songs from the latest album “TH1RT3eN”, as well as many old classic stuff. Also, I was very excited to listen to “Foreclosure of the Dream”, never heard it live before. Here is the 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
  • –Encore–
  • Holy Wars… The Punishment Due

I saw Megadeth about six times, but this time I thing was the best one in terms of the sound, so Mustaine’s voice was not muffled. Overall I can really say there was a very positive atmosphere in the venue and a feeling of celebration constantly was in the air , feeling of something gigantic… the Gigantour.

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