words by Dori Zielinski // photos by Alexander Stafford
Fans of all the bands would definitely mention that Volbeat andMotorhead were the clear favorites of the night. Sadly, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine had vocal problems. Hard to tell if they were from technical issues, or just Dave trying his best to play a double Flying V guitar and sing at the same time. At times you could hear his low, growling tones but then the melodic parts were quiet. Especially when singing “A Tout le Monde”, a duet with Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil, the sound dynamics were heavily noticeable. This was true from all areas of the venue, not just on the side, but even in front of the soundboard. After speaking with fans in other cities, it seemed that we weren’t the only city with the same sound problem. Dave even had problems winning the crowd’s enthusiasm, at one point having a disagreement with a fan who wouldn’t stop talking. I could barely hear Dave speak to the crowd, but on the other hand, Lemmy could clearly, even with his accent, addressing the fans who willingly chanted “Lemmy” at least twice during Motorhead’s set.
Motorhead usually is the loudest band and set, and even longtime staff of the Rave who have witnessed years of shows agree. Motorhead usually headlines the Rave and not the Eagles Ballroom. They still had their signature loud set, but the volume wasn’t as loud as shows in the past. Even when Megadeth’s drummer opened their set, I was stunned and stopped mid-sentence with awe of vibration and bass. In my opinion, Motorhead, though playing a shorter version of their exhilirating headlining experience, took the spotlight, next to up and coming performers Volbeat.
Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil performed at the Eagles Ballroom on Sunday, February 12th. Setlists from Motorhead, Lacuna Coil and Volbeat can be viewed by clicking the hyperlinked band names.