Dave Mustaine wasn't messing around with us when he posted a photo of himself with a powerful fist raised, looking cheerful and determined on Megadeth's social media last week with the caption "I'm back." The thrash OGs' leader was foreshadowing last night's (January 20th) return to the stage in Helsinki, Finland, for the band's first live appearance since October 2018 and since Mustaine revealed in June last year that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. Opening for hard-rock chart-toppers Five Finger Death Punch, the singer-guitarist seemed no worse for wear, shredding through a mix of classics and more contemporary cuts.
The band posted a wrap-up video from the show on Instagram (see below) showing a brief compilation of clips from their journey to the venue to onstage antics with Vic Rattelhead, and everyone looked in good spirits as they fired through the gig.
Fans also captured plenty of footage, like "Symphony of Destruction" played out in front of huge TV screens showcasing clips similar to those in the song's official video, and the group's triumphant entrance soundtracked by the uptempo "Hangar 18." Keep scrolling to see Megadeth back in metal-perfect form, and check out megadeth.com/tour for a full rundown of live dates to come.
Megadeth setlist, January 20th in Helsinki, Finland:
Wake Up Dead
A Tout Le Monde
Symphony Of Destruction
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due