Pioneer thrash metal band Megadeth made a long overdue stop in Austin Texas, led by founders Dave Mustaine on guitar and vocals, Dave Ellefson on bass, as well as former Jag Panzer guitarist Chris Broderick on lead and long time drummer Shawn Drover. Plowing through their hits to a sold out crowd that spent their time either chanting along or moshing, Megadeth pushed their show close to the curfew after a long encore.
With the Stubb's packed to the gills, the pit did get pretty hairy for a while, with an endless stream of black t-shirted bodies being ejected, only to re-enter the streams of surfers and moshers and appear again. It's been a long time since Austin had a headline thrash band (one of the big 4) visit a big venue and the crowd took every opportunity they could to make the most of it.
Opening for Megadeth were Testament and Exodus, beyond legendary thrash metal bands in their own right. It was a special treat to see Testament making it's first Austin appearance since reforming.