Megadeth @ Gigantour 2013

On Sunday August 11th, metal heads gathered from all around the GTA at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto for a day filled with metal legends. Gigantour is an annual tour headlined by Dave Mustaine’s Megadeth and it is known for bringing in some of the biggest in the industry with previous line ups including: In Flames, Job For A Cowboy, Motörhead, Lacuna Coil, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Opeth, Dream Theater, Soulfly and more.

This year’s Gigantour line up included:  Newsted, HELLYEAH, Device, Black Label Society and of course, Megadeth.

Jason Newsted’s (ex-Metallica) project, Newsted was the first to hit the stage. The band took a while to build an audience with their immediate start time right after doors.

“We are so excited to be here! We are going to have a good day of metal, just like this…” was one of the first things fans heard from Jason Newsted as the band broke into a song. They sounded great and had fans rushing to the stage upon arrival.

The venue became busier and the stage revealed Canadian flags when the time came for HELLYEAH to take the stage.

“This is not a rock ‘n’ roll show, this is a motherfucking party right here!” was the first thing we heard from vocalist Chad Gray (Mudvayne), “I want to see our family in Toronto giving it 100%!”.

Chad had the pit furiously going wild and the band sounded amazing; drummer Vinnie Paul (Pantera) helped the band steal the show with his heavy and catchy drumming styles with his double bass drum kit.

“Toronto is on fire today!” Chad told the crowd before connecting with fans as he said “We are bonded by the family that is heavy metal music”. Chad went in to explaining how the music and mosh pits bring us all together as the band played their single “Band of Brothers” .

HELLYEAH brought Jason Newsted out for a guest appearance on vocals, which had kids rocking out on their parents shoulders.

Up next was David Draiman’s (Disturbed), Device. Draiman brought his famous singing styles to the stage with a highly entertaining and powerful performance.

“My brothers and sisters, my blood – speak to me!” was one of the first things we heard from Draiman. “I don’t care if you love or hate us but you better respect us while were up here because we respect you”, “ We all came here to celebrate this whole thing we call rock and roll!”.

The 3 piece band brought out Black Label Society’s John DeServio on bass for a song which had fans cheering them on.

Draiman brought his very pregnant wife out on stage to share their love with his fans, he also managed to spread the love to his fans, “Ladies, look into the eyes of your guys and pretend they are singing to you, because gentlemen, this might just get you some pussy!” Somehow, this managed to work as the big screens projected images of girls in the audience kissing their loved one’s.

The mosh pit filled a bit more and the fans prepared to finish the night off with Black Label Society and Megadeth.

Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society stood out from the rest when it came to guitar shredding and crowd participation. There were blow up dolls and BLS beach balls flying through the air and air guitars were seen everywhere as fans stood in amazement.

When the time came for Megadeth to take the stage, fans were pumped and cheering the band on stage; the bands opening was strong as they thrashed through their set with screaming solos and good energy. Their lighting took over the stands as the sun set and fans sat back and enjoyed their amazing performance.

Seeing Megadeth perform “Hangar 18″ so early on in the set was wicked, but the highlight of the entire day was when Dave Mustaine was joined by Jason Newsted to perform a Metallica cover of “Phantom Lord”. What more could you ask for? Having two former members of Metallica absolutely killing it – what a finale!

Toronto’s Gigantour was a success – we can’t wait to see what they have to offer us again next year!

If you missed our photos from the day, check them out here: Photos: Gigantour 2013 @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Megadeth’s Setlist:

1. Trust
2. Hangar 18
3. Wake Up Dead
4. In My Darkest Hour
5. Sweating Bullets
6. Skin 0′ My Teeth
7. A Tout Le Monde
8. She-Wolf
9. Kingmaker
10. Dance in the Rain (w/ David Draiman)
11. Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy cover)
12. Phantom Lord (Metallica cover w/ Jason Newsted)
13. Symphony of Destruction
14. Peace Sells

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Words by: Jeanette LeBlanc
Photography by: Steve St. Jean