MEGADETH – “Prepare To Follow Me: August 20, 1988, Donnington, UK”

The download below is an incomplete set, but I thought it was totally worth the listen. Before I besotted my brain in high school with Yes, Rush and the Ramones, I was a typical hesher nerd, except without the long hair. That came later; oooh, there’s a picture I have to post on this site one day, me and my retard giant-brain-sitting-atop-my-head in my 10th Grade yearbook photo —

Megadeth has always lived in the shadow of Metallica’s success, but they rocked as hard as Metallica ever did, and this live half-set from the ’88 Monsters Of Rock show at Donnington proves it. Mustaine gives it his all, regardless of whether or not his warbling stays in key. Included is a performance of one of their greatest songs, the epic “In My Darkest Hour”, a song which always manages to get to me emotionally, like everything on their great early records do. Tacked onto the end is a short radio interview with bassist Dave Ellefson and their guitarist at the time, Jeff Young, who was only part of the Megadeth lineup for one album, “So Far, So Good…So What!” Of the ’88 Monsters Of Rock show, Wikipedia sez:

In August 1988, Megadeth appeared at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donnington in the UK, alongside Kiss, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Guns N’ Roses, and David Lee Roth, performing to an audience of more than 100,000 people. The band was soon added to the ‘Monsters of Rock’ European tour, but dropped out after the first show. Shortly after that appearance, Mustaine fired both Chuck Behler and guitarist Jeff Young, and cancelled their scheduled 1988 Australian tour. ‘On the road, things escalated from a small border skirmish into a full-on raging war,’ he later recalled.

Megadeth – Prepare To Follow Me: August 20, 1988, Donnington, UK (ZIP file, incomplete set)

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