Well, Friday night, Sept 3rd, I attended the tour in Seattle, Washington at the WaMu Theater at Qwest Field. We got there a little late due to the online information and actual show times difference, and then traffic. So we get there just as Testament is finishing their set.
For the Friday night show, I can tell you for the most part that I am a die hard MEGADETH fan and was so, so disappointed in the sound they had. Their set energy-wise on stage was awesome. but the sound was crapp, to say the least. I managed to lose my shoes in the pit area as folks moved to the music of Megadeth. Then it was the Metal Gods, SLAYER, and even their sound, in my opinion, was horrible. But they did what they do best, and that is give an amazing set.
Now comes Saturday Sept 4th, in Hillsboro, Oregon at the Washington County Fairgrounds, an outside stage and show. The crowd that came to this show was so different from the other, in that it seemed like die hard thrash fans showed in droves. I was set to take photos of TESTAMENT as they hit the stage. Chuck and the Boiz ripped it up. The crowd had several mosh circles going, kicking up so much dust and grass. Testament showed me why I have remained a fan of what they do...
Then MEGADETH hit stage and not only did they sound hundreds of times better than the night before, they seemed a lot tighter on the stage. Dave and the guys really came to life even more on an outside stage, and it was just about perfect on all aspects.
Then it came time for what is the highlight of the tour. With this being the last show for the first leg of this tour, SLAYER was about to hit the stage. The crowd was getting bigger and louder as they chanted " SLAYER SLAYER SLAYER". When Tom and the men hit that stage the crowd went insane, and was swirling the dust bowl even more intensely than for Megadeth or Testament. I was amazed with how differently all the bands play when comparing indoors to outdoors. It always seems bands are more likely to put more into their set for outside shows. It was one of the best metal holiday weekends I have ever had.
I would love to see this tour's second leg with Anthrax opening. Seeing tours booked like this is what I enjoy. Now my dream tour or fest would be: Slayer- Reign In Blood, Metallica - Master of Puppets, Metal Church - The Dark, Testament - Practice What You Preach, Overkill - Years of Decay, Death Angel - Act Three, and many more than I can list. Could you imagine all the Thrash gods on one big festival tour!??