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.

About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on February 16, 2011, in Ramblings and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Personally I really enjoy the idea of playing an album in its entirety. So far I’ve been to a few shows where the band would play and entire album, and it always worked out wonderfully. For example, I saw Dream Theater play Metropolis II in its entirety 2 times(and also once doing 6 Degrees) plus they also played a set(or 2) with older songs. Some albums have a bigger impact as a whole such as Metropolis II and in turn give a much more emotional live appearance. And it takes a lot of talent for a band to play an album live without stopping. And I always like it when a band puts a new twist to the album they’re playing by adding new sections of music or jamming out on certain part, such as Primus did with “Sailing the Seas of Cheese” when I saw them.

    One great idea on this idea is coming from Amon Amarth, in which in their upcoming American tour they will play their forthcoming release front to back, plus a set of older songs, now that’s how you promote an album.

    And as you stated, I like the idea because it gives the fans a chance to hear some songs live that maybe would have never been played at a regular mixed set show.

    The only way I would ever look at this in the negative is if the band just played a single album and then left without doing a second set. Then I might feel a bit ripped off, unless they did something amazing with the album performance.

    Some albums I’d love to see in entirety would be(in no particular order of preference):
    -Colors by Between the Buried and Me(I have the DVD of the album performance, but I’d love to be there)
    -And Justice for All….-Metallica
    -7th Son of a 7th Son-Iron Maiden
    -Ghost Reveries-Opeth
    -Any full album-Moonsorrow
    -Remedy Lane-Pain of Salvation
    -Angel Dust-Faith No More
    -Sabbath Bloody Sabbath or Volume 4-Black Sabbath
    -Chaos A.D.-Sepultura(with Max, no exceptions)
    -and here’s one that would be awesome to see, a duo of albums by Anthrax with the original members of the respective albums, Among the Living and Sound of White Noise, Scott Ian will have his work cut out for him at that show,lol.
    and I’ll stop here because I could seriously go on forever with this one.
    Great post guys!!!!

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