Released: 2010, Shout Factory
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Before embarking on the much anticipated Final Four tour dates with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax during the Sonisphere festival in Europe, Megadeth performed their classic Rust In Peace album in it's entirety on a nightly basis back home in the United States. RUST IN PEACE LIVE documents the band's performance at The Hollywood Palladium in front of a sold out audience with both a DVD and live CD release.
"You all know why we're here tonight?" Dave Mustaine asks his captive audience before launching into "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due". The first four tracks of RUST IN PEACE LIVE are some of the most challenging material the band has ever committed to wax, so the pressure must have really been weighing on Megadeth's shoulders pretty heavily to deliver, and deliver they do!
Former Jag Panzer lead guitarist Chris Broderick turns in a jaw dropping performance nailing all of Marty Friedman's timeless and exotic guitar solo's on "Hangar 18" better than any lead guitarist after Marty and before Chris. "Take No Prisoners" highlights the thunderous, pulverizing delivery of drummer Shawn Drover and shows no signs of rust...ahem, after all of these years.
"Five Magics" is a complex number to begin with. Factoring in all of the tempo changes and six string intricacies this song holds and then realizing that Dave Mustaine has to sing as well as he does over the top of these guitar parts, you really have to give the man credit for that gargantuan feat. The audience can be heard faithfully supplying the band with word for word backing vocals on favorites like "Hangar 18" and "Tornado of Souls".
As an encore, we get older classics such as "Symphony of Destruction" and "Skin O' My Teeth" from the Countdown to Extinction album, "She-Wolf" and "Trust" from Cryptic Writings, "Peace Sells" from Peace Sells...But Who's Buying and "In My Darkest Hour" from the So Far, So Good...So What! album, but surprisingly nothing from the band's most recent studio album Endgame. A reprise of "Holy Wars" closes out what is sure to become a contender for live album of the year.
RUST IN PEACE LIVE is a must have purchase for Megadeth fans and could also serve as a proper introduction to the band's back catalog for newer fans of the band as well. The cover art for this CD could have been a lot cooler as the inlay artwork is very simple and a bit lackluster. That small nitpick aside, this is still a worthy purchase and should induce many repeated listens.