The American Carnage Tour Comes To New Orleans
Band Photo: Slayer (?)
The biggest names in thrash finally returned to New Orleans! Old fans wanting to see their favorite childhood heros, young kids just learning about good music, most of the people in the NOLA metal scene, and more turned out in droves for this show; the biggest show of the year. These bands need no introduction. You’ve been listening to them for a very long time, and all the bands you like have been too. The American Carnage Tour has the same lineup as the Clash of the Titans tour in 1991. Slayer and Megadeth are paying homage to that by emphasizing the albums they released that year. Anthrax is made complete by singer Joey Belledonna, and he will be performing only your favorite tunes. Get ready for pure intensity.
One by one, the men of Anthrax took the stage. Joey Belladonna, with the energy of a teenager, ran from the extreme left to the extreme right, only stopping to hit the high notes. His voice was so powerful and amazing. It hasn’t changed a bit since the 80s! Rob Caggiano and Scott Ian played the famous riffs from the classic songs, and the crowd roared. The mosh was huge and crazy; it only fueled Anthrax to play harder and harder. The highlight of their show had to be the surprise Joey had in store. He came out in a full Native American headdress to perform “Indians.” Did Bruce Dickenson do that for “Run to the Hills”? Anthrax’s brutal set consisted of “Caught,” “Got the Time,” “Madhouse,” “Be All,” “Antisocial,” “Indians,” “Medusa,” “Only,” “Metal Thrashing Mad,” “NFL,” and “Law.”
The stage turned an evil red and the toxic symbols swirled on the stands. The main man Dave Mustaine came out with a guitar that had the cover art of “Rust In Peace” for the paint job. Dave took center stage and went right into the set alongside fellow axeman Chris Broderick and bassist/founding member Dave Ellefson. Megadeth’s set had a surprise as well; a dude in a scary mask preached his word on stage when the others had left. They returned a few minutes later to resume their music. Megadeth played “Rust in Peace” in its entirety as well as some beloved songs from other albums. Every person in that arena sang along to “Symphony of Destruction” with Dave. Not quite as energetic as Anthrax, but mighty, proud, and mean. The Megadeth’s set consisted of “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” “Hangar 18,” “Take No Prisoners,” “Five Magics,” “Poison Was the Cure,” “Lucretia,” “Tornado of Souls,” “Dawn Patrol,” “Rust in Peace…Polaris,” and “Symphony of Destruction,” and “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?”
SLAYER!!! That was the word on everyone’s lips. You heard the cry all day long from fans, you heard it from the drunks in the heavy metal parking lot, and you heard it when the giant sheet with that word all over it dropped to the ground to reveal the band. Kerry King had links of heavy chains hanging from his belt. They jangled so loudly that it was noticeable over the music. Tom rapidly forced out the bloody, evil lyrics that have offended parents for decades, almost seeming to choke on them. As they stood in their spots thrashing so hard, they could have called it “sweating blood.” Also to celebrate the “Clash of the Titans” lineup, Slayer performed “Seasons in the Abyss” in its entirety, but added some songs from other albums that could not be left out. Moshers and crowd surfers were being ejected left and right, only to go back in the fray and do it five more times. Tom’s voice was also incredible, just screaming his lungs out with all the power he had. Dave Lombardo punished those skins and pounded them into submission with every song. It was exhausting by the hour mark, but they played just a little bit more to make damn sure that they would leave a bloody mark on New Orleans. Slayer’s set consisted of “World Painted Blood,” “Hate Worldwide,” “War Ensemble,” “Blood Red,” “Spirit in Black,” “Expendable Youth,” “Dead Skin Mask,” “Hallowed Point,” “Skeletons of Society,” “Temptation,” “Born of Fire,” “Seasons in the Abyss,” “South of Heaven,” “Raining Blood,” “Aggressive Perfector,” and “Angel of Death.”
People are still talking about this show, and will continue to until the thrashers come back. Everyone had an amazing time seeing these legends of metal on stage again, with all the vitality and musicianship they became famous for. If you can see them, do so. You will not be disappointed. You may, however, get your what you asked for; blood.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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