It was a time when men proudly wore their hair long. When leather pants weren't considered out of place. When musicians not only played guitar solos, but played them with the guitar vertical instead of horizontal.
That era returned, at least Thursday night, when a rejuvenated Megadeth played the Murat. This year is the 20th anniversary of one of their seminal albums, Rust in Peace
, and the band celebrated the occasion by playing it all the way through. The shredding methodology of tracks like "Holy Wars ... The Punishment Due" and "Hangar 18" demonstrate why Megadeth was considered one of the top thrash bands of the '80s.
The performance also once again legitimized the dying art form that is the full-length album. Pummel-ready routs like "Take No Prisoners" worked fine with mood pieces like "Dawn Patrol" and had the crowd worked up throughout. It helped that original bassist Dave Ellefson is back in the fold for the first time since 2002. Bandleader Dave Mustaine was all business through most of the 90-minute set. His trademark snarl was evident visually but buried in the mix aurally.
One would probably think Megadeth would rely on nostalgia at this point. But a run-through of "Head Crusher," the first single off the band's latest Endgame
, showed that there's plenty of life left in this machine.