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Gigantour Report From Vancouver, BC

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I went to the Gigantour show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC on September 9. Because I have been busy for the past little while, I haven’t got the chance to get this done until now. As far as I know, the Montreal date has been filmed for the upcoming Gigantour DVD to feature Dream Theater and the Vancouver show was filmed for Anthrax.

Although originally scheduled to play, the Dillinger Escape Plan had to back out due to an injury suffered by guitarist Ben Weinman, which is a bit of a downer. On the bright side, DEP will be back in Vancouver in November.

First up was Bobaflex at 4:30. The guys played to an almost-empty stadium, but most people don’t usually arrive to a show on time and plus it was a weekday so a lot people were probably still at work. They sounded a little too much like hip-hop-influenced nu-metal with elements of grunge and funk for the most part. I thought the vocals were interesting as they had three different vocalists alternating between screams, roars and clean singing. The only song that stood out to me was “Better Than Me.”

Nevermore was one of the bands on the tour I was looking forward to and they did not disappoint at all. Nevermore is one of the most underrated metal bands out there. Jeff Loomis is such an amazing guitarist the way he shreds. Part of me is glad he did not make it when he auditioned for Megadeth some 16 years ago or else there might not be a Nevermore today. Warrel Dane’s higher vocal range makes Nevermore stand out above most other thrash metal bands even more. I only wish they had played more the few songs they performed (including “The River Dragon has Come and “Final Product”) during their 30-minute set.

Life of Agony came on stage at 5:45 and played for 40 minutes. It has been a while since the show and nothing really stood out enough for me to remember much about them. In my opinion, they should have switched time slots with Nevermore so that Nevermore could have played a longer set.

The only band on the tour that I have seen before was Fear Factory and I was looking forward to seeing them again. Those guys really know how to keep the crowd excited right from the very first song (“Edgecrusher”). Their live shows are jam packed with energy and music was dead on. Burton C. Bell’s shouts and roars fits so perfectly with Fear Factory’s industrial metal. The most memorable moment of their set was their brief homage to Dimebag by performing Pantera’s “Walk.” They got the crowd all worked up and singing along to it. Unfortunately, they left us all hanging by abruptly stopping after just the beginning. Nevertheless, Fear Factory are great to see live and I look forward to seeing them again at the Croatian Cultural Centre in December.

The reunited Anthrax, featuring their Among the Living lineup, was up next at 7:55 and they played for 75 minutes. Scott Ian and Danny Spitz, by far one of the greatest thrash-metal guitar duos of all time, ripped it up on stage again. Drummer Charlie Benante was fast and clear. The guys in the band may be old, but they have more energy than most of the younger, newer bands out there today. Anthrax really blew away all my expectations.

Anthrax set list:
Among the Living
Got the Time
Caught in a Mosh
AIR
Madhouse
Antisocial
NFL
Medusa
Indians
Be All End All
I’m the Man
Metal Thrashing
I Am the Law

Megadeth were definitely the highlight of the night. I was drowned in a sea of guys with Megadeth shirts. It is always great to see frontman Dave Mustaine in Vancouver but this show was something else. As trite as it is to compare Megadeth to Metallica, I really got to say that even Metallica’s two-hour set and rotating stage last March couldn’t even match up to Megadeth’s 90-minute show that night. Megadeth had one of the best stage shows that I have ever seen. There was just a constant barrage of fireballs, loud thunderclaps and awesome pyrotechnics. It was unbelievable. Dave wasted no time with boring chitchat and dove straight into the music. The only problem was that it was so loud that Dave’s vocals and the lead guitars were hardly audible.

Megadeth set list:
Blackmail
World on Fire
Skin of My Teeth
Scorpion
Wake Up Dead
Darkest Hour
Die Dead Enough
She Wolf
A Toute Le Monde
Angry Again
Hook in Mouth
Trust
Tornado
Sweating Bullets
Hangar 18
Kick the Chair
Symphony
Peace Sells
Holy Wars

Overall, I would give the show more than 4.5 stars out of 5. What sucked was that second stage bands (Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic, etc) were dropped after the Toronto date. However, I hope Gigantour would be made an annual event.

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1. unluckoftheirish writes:

I'm so f'in p***ed that i missed gigantour...............what a bummer. :(

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2. ghost writes:

kick a$$ setlists

Among the Living
Got the Time
Caught in a Mosh
AIR
Madhouse
Antisocial
NFL
Medusa
Indians
Be All End All
I’m the Man
Metal Thrashing
I Am the Law

Blackmail
World on Fire
Skin of My Teeth
Scorpion
Wake Up Dead
Darkest Hour
Die Dead Enough
She Wolf
A Toute Le Monde
Angry Again
Hook in Mouth
Trust
Tornado
Sweating Bullets
Hangar 18
Kick the Chair
Symphony
Peace Sells
Holy Wars

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3. metal head writes:

gigantour was bad a$$ i cant wait for gigantour 2 oh yean f*** DEP.

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4. ghost writes:

i got the feeling that sepultura and overkill will play at gigantour 2.

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5. metal head writes:

good set list by megadeth this is a thrasherama long live metal

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6. ghost writes:

wish i was there even though i was at the gigantour

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7. kyle writes:

i dont care who is on the line up for next year , the only thing that matters is that megadeth will be there and gigantour comes back to calgary

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8. Cameron Hons writes:

I can't wait for the Gigantour DVD and CD to come out! When will they come out?

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9. metal head writes:

YEA im a fa**ot so wot i love spice girls and aqua and backstreet boys who cares

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10. METAL MOM writes:

GIGANTOUR KICKED OZZFEST'S A S S!!!
Except of course for the IRON MAIDEN SET!
In that case they were pretty equal.......as the 2 bands' performances go.

This year was my first time to see both Maiden and Megadeth.
It's just that I love 'em both and can't decide which band is really my favorite.
2 different styles...but MEGADETH IS HEAVIER!
They both sounded perfect, even though Gigantour's sound system was way better
than Ozzfests'. Iron Maiden sounds good no matter what!

I have to adimit that the whole Gigantour experience was MUCH better
than Ozzfest....as a whole. Maiden was the only real great thing at Ozzfest, they carried off the whole tour!!

Giagntour had MEGADETH...YEAH! Tha't enough in itself, but the other bands all kicked a lot of a s s too!! (Especially FEAR FACTORY! ) Just by sheer luck, we got front row seats, and "MEGADETH rocks more than the rockingest rock band that ever rocked!!" That's what I told DAVE when I met him. (That's right. Did you?) Yeah, it was dorky telling him that, but it was fun. I made Megadeth laugh! The best thing that I got to tell Dave was that " he was the most talented member that Metallica ever had, and that leaving them behind and forming MEGADETH was the best thing that he ever did!"
Right after I said that, the 15 year old kid behind me yelled, "Yeah, Metallica sucks!!"
Dave couldn't help but smile and say "We rock!" and made a funny little hopping gesture.
That was just the most K I C K- A S S, Coolest moment ever!
(Not that I totally hate Metallica, I just prefer Megadeth.)

Anyway, like I said, GIGANTOUR kicked some serious metal a s s!!!
Ozzfest just kinda laid there until MAIDEN appeared, and then they brought down the house! 40,000 hands in the air and not one A S S in their seat!

Next year I will definately be hitting GIGANTOUR!!!!
& Ozzfest? Well after the disappointent of the show as a whole,
and the stupid crap Sharon pulled in San Bernadino...AND those prices???
....well they better get 2 or 3 phenomenally baddasss bands
BEFORE I EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!

Here's to GIGANTOUR 2006
and
METAL UP YER ASS!!!

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11. Justin writes:

Where is Zukkus??????

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