Kings Of Thrash feature former Megadeth members David Ellefson (co-founder & Bass guitar) and Jeff Young (Guitarist on the 1988 album 'So Far So Good So What'), I've been a Megadeth fan for around 20 years now. The first ever Megadeth album I got was So Far So Good So What. From the opening guitar riffs to the album instrumental introduction track 'Into The Lungs Of Hell', I was hooked immediately. I never got a chance to see over half of these Megadeth songs performed live, considering I was born in 1991, the era when the Rust In Peace lineup was in full force. But I believe the 'So Far So Good So What' line up is a bit underrated. It had chops and not afraid to use them. However, SFSGSW remains many Megadeth fan's top choices of albums especially if they had to choose at least 5.
The last time I saw Megadeth live was back in 2015 on the early run of the Dystopian word tour. Dystopia was a brilliant album and a very big commercial success for the band. David Ellefson was still in Megadeth then so i've seen him live before with Dave Mustaine, and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler took over from their previous drummer Shawn Drover a few years ago. Adler was only meant to be a fill in but he was bloody good. Brazillian guitarist Kiko Lourerio was only in the band for a couple of months. I also enjoyed that show too. But this time, it's about Kings Of Thrash. I think it's difficult calling them a tribute band. I like to see them as their own band performing Megadeth classics. But that's what we're here for. The early Megadeth stuff. So Far So Good So What and Killing Is My Business And Business Is Good played live in their entirety. What's not to hate about that?
Featuring Chaz Leon on Vocals & Guitar, David Ellefson on Bass, Jeff Young on Lead Guitar and powerhouse drummer Fred Aching - the band was formed during 2021 and did their first show at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood in early 2022.
I got to the venue at 4pm, don't ask why. I guess I was just too excited for the show, and I also had a VIP ticket, which included a meet and greet with the Kings of Thrash guys. The sound check started a bit later than usual, but eventually we were let in. We had to wait around in the bar for a bit but the 50 of us who were VIPs did get allowed to be sent through by the management, where we also had access to the Merchandise early. The Merchandise stand had shirts and a bunch of signed CDs and DVDs from the guys. We were allowed to bring in 3 things from home to get signed as well. So I brought in my CDs of Killing Is My Business And Business Is Good (The Final Kill), the original edition of So Far So Good So What on CD (not the shitty remastered edition - the ORIGINAL album!), and the CD/DVD edition of Kings Of Thrash - Live at the Whiskey A Go Go. To tell you the truth I was very nervous a few days before meeting them so we were chatting with a few people in the line. Coming up to meet them, (the promoter jokingly telling us one of the guys is sick and we had to cancel before introducing the quick guidelines), and thankfully nobody was sick. The mood was very good. Meeting the guys in the band, they welcomed us all with smiles, waves, fist bumps and hand shakes. I got to tell them my story of how 20 years ago SFSGSW was my first Megadeth album I ever heard and love how they are doing this,. David and Jeff said I chose a great album to start and were very happy. They are real down to earth guys. So are Chaz and Fred. I said I loved Fred's drumming and to Chaz I hope they can do this forever which he smiled and replied "I hope so too!" It really didn't feel like a "Hi" and "Bye" Meet & Greet. I reckon they handled everything real well. After that we all came back in line to get photos of us with the band, and they were taken on our phones. I was very pleased with the photos I had with them as well. Meeting them all was such a cool experience for me. It felt a lot like they were one of us, rather than us being one of them. In a good way.
Also, it's not a VIP without some juicy behind the scenes Dave Mustaine stories, and we were told of a very amusing incident with him at a Utopia Records signing a few years ago.
The first opening band to come on at about 8PM was a fine young group from Hawksbury called Thraxas. They were really great, I don't know why they're not super famous yet. I loved their energy and their love of performing. There was a lot of great rhythmic jams and breakdowns. The lighting was also really good and super professional. I actually got to say hello to the Thraxas guys before the show as well. They are really nice. I hope to grab their album one day.
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