Terror and Thrash
Rob Zombie and Megadeth set the 2012 concert season ablaze
By Tom Graham
If you often wondered what it sounds like when two metal worlds collide, you’ll be able to find the answer sooner than you think. Rob Zombie and his demonic gang will be stomping around the Montage Mountain stage on Saturday, May 12 when he and co-headlining thrash titans Megadeth invade the Toyota Pavilion for a night of metal and mayhem. The artists are combining forces for the first time ever and heading out on a limited run of select shows this spring that will also feature Italian metal band Lacuna Coil.
The show officially kicks off the Toyota Pavilion’s 2012 summer concert series at Montage Mountain.
Just like the background out of one of his horror flicks, Rob Zombie’s stage theatrics rely heavily on a constant barrage of hell raising images with a splash of Satanic swooning, as well as the sonic sucker punch supplied by his touring band members John 5, Piggy D. and Ginger Fish. (Fish and 5 had previously worked together with another dark minister, Marilyn Manson.) Taking a brief vacation from the world of filmmaking, Zombie is sure to deliver hits spanning throughout his solo career such as “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl” as well as tracks like “Thunder Kiss ‘65” and “More Human than Human” from the White Zombie Rolodex.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will stand his newly found Christian ground firmly in front of a wall of Marshall amps while performing a thrashtastic setlist revisiting cuts from the band’s 13 studio albums. Mustaine will be joined by drummer Shawn Drover, guitarist Chris Broderick (see interview below) and original bassist David Ellefson, who rejoined the band in 2010 in support of their Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour. As one of the pioneers of the American thrash metal, Megadeth has been recognized as one of the “Big Four of Thrash” along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. Over the band’s 28 year existence, they have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and received 10 Grammy nominations.
Megadeth is currently touring in support of its 13th studio album titled TH1RT3EN while Zombie is currently filming his latest horror tale, Lords of Salem, which is tentatively set to be released later this year. He is also planning to reenter the studio to record the follow-up his last record, Hellbilly Deluxe 2.
Lacuna Coil joins the tour while touring behind the release of their sixth and latest effort, Dark Adrenaline, which includes a darker metal version of the R.E.M. smash hit, “Losing My Religion.”
Rob Zombie and Megadeth with Lacuna Coil will perform at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $33.50 to $53.50 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online at www.livenation.com.
He’s ready for a ‘killer show’
We caught up with Chris Broderick, lead and rhythm guitarist of Megadeth, while he was preparing for the upcoming tour with Rob Zombie and Lacuna Coil. Hailing from California and former lead guitarist and keyboardist for the band Jag Panzer, he received the call to join Megadeth in 2008, and has been Dave Mustaine’s shredding sidekick ever since. He’s looking forward to the northeastern Pennsylvania appearance, hoping for “a killer show,” and took some time in-between brushing up on some of the group’s extensive catalogue to answer some questions.
How did you get introduced to the guitar?
It’s funny because it really had to deal with changing social cliques when I was in fifth grade. I met a new group of friends that all happened to play guitar and I was constantly bugging them to let me play. Finally, their friend had a guitar he wanted to sell and sold it to me for 40 bucks. It was a horrible guitar, but I was hooked.
Describe the experience of joining Megadeth.
For me, it was it was like, “OK! I got a lot to do, so let’s get to work!” I wanted to make sure I played the songs as well as I possibly could and hoped I did the original composer justice when I recreated their music. Megadeth had a European tour coming up in 2008 and needed to replace (guitarist) Glen Drover who had decided to leave (to focus on his family life). When I got the call, I was definitely interested. From there, I got to work.
Now that you are a recording and touring member of the band, what’s the dynamic like within the band with you as a full-fledged member?
It’s the same for all of us. We all come up with ideas, riffs and songs on our own. When we get ready to start writing the next CD, we’ll take all of our individual ideas and put them in a big folder on a hard drive and listen to them. From there, we decide which direction we want to go with Megadeth. We’ll choose the songs that we want to put on the CD and start developing them.
How long does that process take?
I’ve done two CDs now and they were both very different in terms of how they went down, so I wouldn’t say that there is any set timeline on how long it takes. Sometimes the songs almost write themselves and sometime you have to really coax the song to make it come out.
How does it feel the last couple years knowing that you are not only contributing to the live music, but playing your own compositions on tour as well?
That is something I look forward to the most. There’s no replacement; having your own composition, your own writing and being able to present it to people. It’s almost like a parent being proud of their kid for doing something well.
You have some very passionate fans who are completely fanatic about your playing.
Wow! (Laughs) I appreciatethem, that’s for sure.
Mustaine has said when he found you, it was like Ozzy Osbourne finding Randy Rhodes (considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time). How does that make you feel?
Humbled and nervous at the same time. It’s great that somebody like Dave Mustaine would say that about me, but at the same time, I’m like “Aww man! I got to live up to that!” I have to make sure that I can deliver.