The Big Three - Hard Rock Live - Orlando FL Oct 2, 2010

Anthrax live

It was a night of heavy metal I had been waiting for since I was a kid. Anthrax, Megadeth, & Slayer - The Big Three. To me it just didn't get any better. What made this event even better was that it was taking place at Hard Rock Live, which is a great venue, and it was sold out.

Anthrax opens the show and brings it with "Caught in a Mosh". The crowd was going crazy already and the night had barely started. I could tell this would be an epic concert evening. Anthrax sounded great, and never missed a beat. Joey Belladonna was back at vocals like he never left the band. You could see the bands enthusiasm to be on stage together again. Joey worked the crowd every song to keep the pit going. With each song the crowd got a little louder and wilder, and Anthrax was feeding off the crowds energy. "Indians" has always been one of my favorite songs by Anthrax and they killed it. They ended their set with "I am the Law" and Scott stated he would see everyone next year when they were on tour for their new CD.

Anthrax Setlist:
1. Caught in a Mosh
2. Madhouse
3. Antisocial
4. Indians
5. A.I.R.
6. Metal Thrashing Mad
7. I Am The Law

Next up was Megadeth. I had just saw them back in Nov of 2009 and they were without David Ellefson, so I was looking forward to seeing the reunited Dave's and hearing "Rust in Peace" in its entirety. The band came out to a smoked filled stage and "Holy Wars...the Punishment Due" kicked in. Here we go! Again these guys sounded great. Chris Broderick on guitar makes everything look easy. Between him and Mustaine the guitar work is insane. As the show went on you could see the there was a new found energy with David Ellefson back in the band. He was all over the stage and you could see the band was having a great time playing together. As each band came on the mosh pit got a little bigger, and the sound got a little louder. It was only adding to the excitement that was going on that night. There isn't much of Dave Mustaine talking...It's all about the songs. No need to bullshit in between and intro each track or every few. The crowd is already singing along to every word so again there was no need to even have to work the crowd. As "Rust in Peace" came to a close they went in to "Trust" and then the only new track was played from "Endgame" and that was "Head Crusher". Megadeth's set was closed with the fan favorite and most recognizable bass riff in Rock History, "Peace Sells".

Megadeth Setlist:
1. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
2. Hangar 18
3. Take No Prisoners
4. Five Magics
5. Poison Was the Cure
6. Lucretia
7. Tornado of Souls
8. Dawn Patrol
9. Rust in Peace... Polaris
10. Trust
11. Head Crusher
12. A Tout Le Monde
13. Symphony Of Destruction
14. Peace Sells

Two of the three bands down. One left and it was Slayer. You could see things were about to get really loud...A wall of amps lined the back of the stage. You could feel the anticipation of the roof about to get blown off. These guys did it a little different. Instead of starting with the "Seasons" CD they kicked things off with the new tracks, "World Painted Blood", and my favorite from the new disc "Hate Worldwide". Slayer then broke into playing the "Seasons in the Abyss" CD in its entirety. These guys had a kick ass light show, and the sound was f'ing loud! Kerry King just rocks it out the entire show. Since Tom's back surgery he can't head bang as much, but I don't even think anyone cared. He belted out the lyrics and jammed on the bass like a madman. Slayer's set was just pure adrenaline. The show ended with "Angel of Death" and it brought the evening to an epic ending. I had never seen Slayer until this night and it was simply mind blowing.

Slayer's Setlist:
1. World Painted Blood
2. Hate Worldwide
3. War Ensemble
4. Blood Red
5. Spirit in Black
6. Expendable Youth
7. Dead Skin Mask
8. Hallowed Point
9. Skeletons of Society
10. Temptation
11. Born of Fire
12. Seasons in the Abyss
13. Raining Blood
14. South of Heaven
15. Angel of Death

I can tell you this much about this concert. It was one of the best concerts I have ever seen in my life and I have racked up a few hundred concerts. Epic, bad ass, mind blowing, incredible, phenomenal, and ass kicking are just a few of the words to describe this concert. I would be lying to you if I told you I wasn't like a giddy little school girl at this show, because it was F'ING AMAZING!

The photos are courtesy of Jagermusic. A big thanks to Jagermeister for putting together this concert tour.

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