Megadeth | the Venue at Horseshoe Casino | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., July 18, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $34-$44
Wow, Dave Mustaine sure is an asshole, isn’t he? At a 2012 Megadeth concert in Singapore, he told the crowd that President Obama was “staging” mass shootings—including those in Aurora, Colorado, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin—to help pass a gun ban. Only months before, he’d publicly praised Rick Santorum, claiming that the former senator—who’s so bananas conservative he opposes contraception, for fuck’s sake—has “some presidential qualities.” If you like music made by assholes, though, you could do way worse than Megadeth, the pioneering thrash-metal band Mustaine formed in 1983, after being ousted from Metallica. (If you need more proof of his assholery, consider that even Lars Ulrich couldn’t stand being in a band with the guy.) Far and away the proggiest and shreddiest of the Big Four, Megadeth has made some undeniably classic records, the best of which are 1986’s Peace Sells . . . but Who’s Buying and 1990’s Rust in Peace—with their breakneck tempos and surgically precise musical acrobatics, they manage to sound fun, fresh, and hard as hell to this day. But I feel pretty safe saying that Megadeth’s newest effort, last year’s Super Collider (Tradecraft), will never be considered a classic. Its midtempo grooves and slick production make it sound like cheesy hard rock, and some of the songs toy with nu-metal—especially the one with guest vocals by the guy from Disturbed. —Luca Cimarusti
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