The Doors are one of the greatest and most influential bands in rock history. Apart from Jim’s singing, Ray’s keyboard playing pretty much defined their sound.
The Doors may have been the first rock band with mainstream success that featured keyboards as the lead instrument – a departure from the guitar, which dominated in pretty much every rock band before them. They set the mold for a rock band featuring a keyboard.
Guitar still reigns king, but for any band starting out with keyboard-dominated sound, regardless of genre, the shadow of The Doors and Manzarek’s playing looms large.
There’s God and his band, Motorhead, opening for Megadeth, as Gigantour stopped in New York tonight. That would be the seventh time I’ve seen Motorhead, who have never disappointed.
Undercard acts – Lacuna Coil (Goth-Metal) and Volbeat (Rockabilly-Metal) – Both sounded great. I had only heard lacuna Coil a few times and had never heard Volbeat before, but I saw enough to make me want to hear more.
Megadeth, as always, was superlative. Dave Mustaine’s guitar playing is as good as it’s ever been. Hearing those gems of musicianship and Dave sing his genius lyrics live was nothing short of stunning.
So I don’t come off as too much of a fanboy here, I will express my disappointment that they did not play Rust In Peace or Skin O’ My Teeth. Near the end of the show, Dave quipped “if this was L’Amours [sic], we’d play all night.” Of course, back in the days when they would have played L’Amour, the tickets weren’t quite as expensive. The times are changing.
Other than that, there isn’t anything negative to say. I did a lot of headbanging to four great metal bands tonight. One thing I took away from this: It was great to see kids who were not even alive when Megadeth was in their heyday banging their heads and singing every word. The next generation of headbangers just might be ready to accept the torch. Even if they don’t know what L’Amour(s) is, or how cheap a ticket is supposed to be.