More Bang For Your Buck?
When I say “bang” I am not talking about a trip to Amsterdam. I am talking about the all-might dollar (or whatever your currency) and whether or not spending it at a metal show lately is worth it. I noticed a trend lately and I’m sure you have too. It’s the playing of certain albums in their entirety at a metal show. Bands have done this kind of thing for a long time. Queensryche did it when Operation: Mindcrime was released. Others in the non-metal world have done it as well. Usually it’s to commemorate an anniversary of a release.
In recent memory, Megadeth was the band that I think might have started this latest trend. They played Rust In Peace on one of their recent tours. On that same bill Slayer played Seasons In The Abyss. Other bands are doing the same thing. Opeth did it with Blackwater Park on their Evolution XX tour. Amon Amarth announced their evening with Amon Amarth in America will feature a full set of their new album (yet to be released) in full with a second set of older material. I just saw an ad at the Sonisphere website which announced that Paradise Lost is now going to play Draconian Times at a few shows in Germany…unfortunately for those of us living in England. I am sure there are more bands doing the same I just can’t think of all of them at the moment.
My question is do you like this idea? Do you think you are getting short-changed at a show? Does this “Play the full album” make you want to see a show even more? I ask because it goes without saying that if Megadeth, for example, plays Rust in Pease from beginning to end, there will be some good Megadeth songs that don’t get played at shows. I saw Megadeth at Download last year and they played (I think) all but two songs on Rust In Peace. What an awesome treat as far as I am concerned. But at the same time, Endgame was still a new release and they only played one song off the album which was their opener Dialectic Chaos.
Personally, I love the concept of playing a whole album especially if it’s an older album and a good one. You get to hear some songs that might have rarely been played live. This makes me want to go even more. Hello Metallica, where is the Master of Puppets tour? Let’s see it and hear it! Who would you like to see play an album in full?
My picks are:
Overkill – The Years of Decay and/or Horrorscope
Dream Theater – Images and Words or just about any other DT album
Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time
Paradise Lost – Host
Queensryche – American Soldier
Suicidal Tendencies – How Will I Laugh Tomorrow…
This is just to name a few.