Volume: Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax – Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX – 09-24-2010

Seriously, I had never been madder at a show. Choosing straws for lineup placement? To determine the rotation of an entire tour? I had already missed the opener, Alice In Chains due to traffic difficulties, and now I was missing the beginning of Anthrax, who I was pretty interested in seeing that night. With a lackadaisical stride and no urgency, we head toward out front row seats (yes, actual front row section 101 row A seats) into the show. All we can tell is there is a rumble and the crowd is cheering when we round the corner into Starplex. And there they are. In broad daylight. Much to our horror, Slayer is the first of the three headliners for the opening night of the original Clash of the Titans tour 1991. And truly, “Hell Awaits”.

This is a band that thrives in the dark, in every way possible, why am I seeing them in the light of day? Just terrible. We weren’t the only people who were disappointed with this development, as all through the rest of the night, during their tourmates later sets, chants of “Slay-er” would ring out sporadically. All of the promotion had slated them as the headliner, so why would anyone think any differently? The remainder of the evening was anti-climactic, and even standing on the side of the stage watching Anthrax play their middle slot set, Slayer’s Tom Araya could offer up nothing more than a smirk and a shoulder shrug.

Fortunately, that wrong got a chance to be righted.

19 years and some change later, hot on the heels of the successful overseas Big Four show and Canadian Carnage shows, three of Thrash’s Big Four (include Metallica in there) converged to open another tour in Dallas. This time, the billing would be correct. It was the opening night of the second leg of the AMerican Carnage tour, revisiting the original Clash Of The Titans tour lineup.

Anthrax

How the tide had changed, though. Originally billed in 1991 as one of the three headliners, on this trek, Anthrax is listed as the “Special Guest” while Slayer and Megadeth are co-headliners. This is perfectly fine. I had not seen Anthrax since their 1991 tour with Public Enemy, and honestly had a bad taste in my mouth since that last viewing: it was the third time in 8 months I had seen them play the exact same set, with the exception of PE’s “Bring The Noise” collaboration, down to the set list, stage banter, etc. But last night, they came arrived with a ferocious appetite for fun and delivered a solid 45 minute set of hits spanning their Joey Belladonna era. Opening with “Caught In A Mosh” Anthrax romped through favorites such as “Anti-Social”, “Only”, and “Indians” before closing their portion with the crowd participation of “I Am The Law”. Completely solid set, and perfect warmup for the remainder of the evening’s festivities.

Megadeth

I had not seen Megadeth since the closed out the original Clash Of The Titans with a virtual snorefest. Never the biggest Megadeth fan, and especially after the disappointing Slayer snub, I threw in the towel midway through their 1991 outing. This time around, they showed up with a purpose. Revisiting the whole of their 1990 Rust In Peace album, one was reminded why they liked them at all in the first place. “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” had always been a favorite of mine, and they got a bit of mileage off of that as an opener for me last night. Straight into “Hangar 18” and through the rest of Rust In Peace, Megadeth presented themselves with poise and a bit more vigor than 19 years prior. A few “hits” followedthe album’s conclusion, including “Trust”, “Symphonies Of Destruction” and the ancient late 1980’s MTV news theme “Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying?” brought their set to a rousing end, with the audience in their hands. Revisiting “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” as an outro, Megadeth was finished, and so were the preliminaries.

Calm

One of the guys from VH-1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” (not Eddie Trunk) arrived onstage with some Hooters girls and inane banter to inform the eager masses that Slayer was only 5 minutes away. Like clockwork, he was right.

Somehow, Dallas always misses Slayer’s album tours. We continually get the Jagermeister tours that will hit town 2-3 weeks before an album is released, or then a year after they have culminated promotion for that particular record, always leaving some songs never played live in our neck of the woods. This was, again, a non-album tour, so the majority of last year’s fantastic World Painted Blood album is no more than an afterthought. Fortunately for us, though, the emphasis was not on promoting an album, rather celebrating another.

World Painted Blood

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of one of Slayer’s more beloved catalog titles, Seasons In The Abyss. After opening with “World Painted Blood” and “Hate Worldwide” (both from World Painted Blood) Tom Araya asks the crowd if we are ready. A couple more times, and I believe it is a resounding yes… WE ARE READY.

WAAAARRRRRRR EEEEEENSEEEEEEEMBLLLLE!!!!!!!!!!!” And we’re off.

This is such a great record. Several of these songs have made prior

Slayer

sets over the years, such as “Blood Red”, “Hallowed Point” and “Born of Fire”, and there are usually three staples, “War Ensemble”, “Dead Skin Mask” and the amazing title track “Seasons In The Abyss”, but it was the forgotten few that made it worthwhile. I hadn’t seen “Skeletons of Society”, “Temptation”, “Expendable Youth”, or “Spirit In Black” most likely since the first times I saw them in January 1991 on the original Seasons In The Abyss tour. And they sounded great. Rounding out the evening, were favorites “South Of Heaven”, “Raining Blood” and the perpetual night closer “Angel Of Death”.

South of Heaven

They haven’t seemed to miss a step in Araya’s post neck surgery era, and every Kerry King or Jeff Hanneman solo was perfect on the mark. Add in the never disappointing drums of Dave Lombardo, elaborate but tasteful light show and sheer volume, you understand why they are the best at what they do. Which is why I have seen them 16 times and only missed them once in 19 years (not by my own will, mind you). I am biased, but hey, I can be.

See You Next Time

Needless to say, the second installment, revisiting the original 1991 Clash of The Titans tour righted any wrong I might have felt took place back then. It was a great night of metal, a great night of music, and done perfectly right this time.

Now come back already.

Set lists:

Slayer

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

Angel Of Death

Megadeth

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

Trust

Head Crusher

Tout le Monde

Symphonies Of Destruction

Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying?

(Outro-The Punishment Due)

Anthrax

Caught In A Mosh

Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)

Madhouse

Anti-Social

Indians

Only

Metal Thrashing Mad

I Am The Law

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~ by thesynaptic on September 25, 2010.

2 Responses to “Volume: Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax – Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX – 09-24-2010”

  1. are these photos that are this page ones from the dallas, tx show on sept. 24th 2010? just wondering cause i went

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