In the aftermath of the attack on La Bataclan in Paris the night before, and with a lot of upcoming gigs being cancelled/postponed, a lot people on my social media queried my decision to still go, and I am aware that a lot of people stayed at home. I’m not going to dwell too much on the subject, but I’m not going to let fear control my life. And as far as I’m concerned, a gig at Wembley was at no greater threat than it had been a few days before, or would be in the future. But it was nice to see the lights at both Wembley Arena and Stadium lit up in tricolore in support of Paris.
So, Lamb of God. They were pretty damn good, as always. Opening with ‘Walk With Me In Hell’, they had a decent set time, around an hour and a half, and as expected from them, it was full of energy from start to finish. I love Lamb of God live, they’re always so much fun.
It was a great, varied set, featuring old favourites like ‘Now You’ve Got Something To Die For’, ‘Ghost Walking’and ‘Set To Fail’, mixed in with songs from the new album.
Randy Blythe did take a moment to reflect on the tragedy in Paris, articulating my own thoughts much better than I can; “What happened makes me sad, it makes me cry, and it makes me angry. But it will not make me afraid, and it will not make me hate”. He went on to praise the audience for attending, and dedicated ‘512’ to the victims at La Bataclan.
Another dedication was made to Dio, with the song ‘Ruin’ – as the Heaven & Hell tour was the last time Lamb of God played at Wembley.
They closed their set with ‘Black Label’, and I’ll be honest, the whole thing was so good I almost forgot they weren’t the headlining act.
On to Megadeth. I like them, don’t get me wrong, but I just prefer them on record. Following Lamb of God did them no favours – the sound for Lamb of God was excellent, so it’s hard to blame technical difficulties for Dave Mustaines muffled vocals.
Things did take a turn for the better about halfway through fortunately, and Chris Adler and David Ellefson impressed – I’m not usually a fan of a guitar solo but this was pretty good.
A new track was played; ‘Fatal Illusion’ from next years upcoming album, ‘Dystopia’. It was alright. I think maybe my critique of Megadeth is always a little on the harsh side.
Like Lamb of God before them, Megadeth performed a tribute to Paris, in the form of their rendition of the French National Anthem, ‘La Marseilles’.
Not a bad set over all, but Lamb of God (as expected) definitely stole the show.
All photos my own.