At the Tabernacle in Atlanta
By Gary Flinn
It’s better late than never could be the motto of my day last Monday. A little less than two hours before show time, I got a message asking me if I still wanted to shoot Megadeth if it could be arranged. The only answer, hell yes! I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. As we were escorted into the pit at the Tabernacle, I couldn’t help but take it the energy of the moment. The crowd had been primed by Wilson and was now ready for metal monsters Megadeth. As the lights dropped a roar went through the room and the magic began.
As Megadeth hit the stage to the opening notes of Prince of Darkness, a killer night of lights and sounds began. With a catalog of music spanning 33 years, the band rolled out songs from their latest album, Dystopia, and a range of fan favorites from throughout the years. From a photographer’s point of view, this show was a dream. Superb lighting and effects, smoke, and constantly changing backdrop made it even that much more fun for me as I shot my three songs, raced back to my car to store my cameras, then raced back inside to take my place in the crowd. A near constant circle pit formed and ebbed and flowed throughout the remainder of the night. As they reached Sweating Bullets, Trust, and A Tout Le Monde, which happen to be three of my favorite Megadeth songs, the crowd was singing along and reaching a frenzied level. I have seen Megadeth several times in the past, this was easily my favorite night with them. The music was spot on. Chris Adler’s drums were like rapid fire punch to the chest. The classic, grinding Megadeth riffs and sweet solo’s sounded even better than I remembered them in the past.
As the night came toward its end, the classics, Symphony of Destruction and Peace Sells were sung by nearly everyone in the venue. During the “bah dam bump” riff in Symphony, the crowd added the chant “Meg-a-deth” over and over, each time that riff was played. It sounded amazing. For Peace Sells, it degenerated, or should I say elevated, into a sing-a-long with the band playing and the crowd singing the lyrics for most of the song. As the show came to an end, I couldn’t help but think this was the best Megadeth show I have seen to date.
Megadeth are currently on tour supporting the release of their 15th studio album, Dystopia.
Megadeth set list from the Tabernacle in Atlanta:
- Prince of Darkness
- Hangar 18
- The Threat Is Real
- Wake Up Dead
- In My Darkest Hour
- Post American World
- Dawn Patrol
- Poison Was the Cure
- Poisonous Shadows
- Sweating Bullets
- A Tout Le Monde
- Fatal Illusion
- Tornado of Souls
- Symphony of Destruction
- Peace Sells
review and photos by Gary Flinn HHM/Beyond The Pit photography
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