October 6, 2009 - MFC MEMBER REPORTS BACK FROM AUCKLAND MEET 'N GREET
Let me start with saying I was so excited to receive the email saying I had won a chance to meet the band, thanks to the fan club, as I’m sure the other lucky nine were.
Although the meet and greet was running late, we had the privilege to listen to Megadeth sound checking so I didn’t mind at all. We heard the band playing “In My Darkest Hour”, “Head Crusher” and the intro riff of “ How The Story Ends” (this got me excited, I thought they would have played it that night). The temperature was absolutely freezing even when we were outside and even when we were sat inside waiting for the band. That was soon forgotten as we saw the band coming up the stairs. J Lo was first in and he was extremely excited to meet us. I myself was lost for words when I spoke to the band members, not sure about the other guys. The band members were extremely kind and let all of us take pictures with them.
The Meet & Greet lasted around 20 minutes allowing us lots of time to talk with the guys. The band soon had to leave to get ready to play.
The show was wicked!!! The band’s playing was to the utmost perfection. Shawn got us all riled up as the intro to “Set the World Afire” was played. As you can see from the set list we were blessed with some rare, live classics like “Devil’s Island” and “Rattlehead”. Dave had his trademark snarl while shredding away and even played his new Dean for “Head Crusher”. Chris nailed every solo and had great crowd connection. James’ bass thundered on and he also connected with the crowd well. Shawn’s drumming was super tight throughout the set. The crowd was deafening between songs and Dave even let the crowd sing the first verse of “Sweating Bullets”. The set ended with "Holy Wars" many people were both excited and sad when this started knowing it was the last song.
A huge thanks to the fan club (Dave McRobb and crew) and the band who made this opportunity possible to us lucky fan club members and I’m sure many more to come!