Megadeth at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 8th of March 1987.
Yes! Finally the time had come, which many were waiting for… Megadeth arrived on the European continent from England by ferry with the necessary symptoms of fatigue due to lack of sleep. The band members were deeply affected by the “Herald of Free Enterprise” ferry disaster, which had occurred 2 days before, this had prevented the band from sleeping during the night crossing. As the band weren’t performing any gigs in Belgium, a whole battery of local reporters were arranged to arrive at the Paradiso at the same time as the band. This situation made it very hectic backstage, and interviews had to be staggered, partly due to the fact that everyone from the press wanted to put former Metallica band member Dave Mustaine, to the test. My reporter colleague Fred van Alen and I, saw the storm coming and opted for an interview with the other Dave (Ellefson), the bass player of the band, instead of the band leader Mustaine. In hindsight, it was a good choice. Within less than 10 minutes, the press was quickly out of the temporarily organized press conference room, mainly due to the fact that "enfant terrible" Mustaine was not in the mood for this. In the meantime, we spent more than an hour chatting with the extremely sympathic bass player Dave Ellefson, about the ins and outs and future developments concerning the band.
From the opening song "Wake up Dead" it was already clear that this performance would be memorable. The excellent sound in the venue, and the unparalleled guitar playing of Dave Mustaine was unquestionably the reason. Unfortunately, the vocals were a bit disappointing. What can you expect when audience members’ repeatedly grab your microphone. This irritates guitarist Chris Poland, till one point he lashed out and kicked someone off the stage….Kicking is my business!!!
Highlights in the set were “Peace Sells”, “Rattlehead”, “These Boots” and “The Mechanix”. Or should I also mention the security staff member who was dragged into the crowd!! After these few incidents, we wondered how long it would take until we got those football situations with crowd barriers on stage, and other such nonsense. After an hour, the cake was over and we went Megadeaf towards the exit.