Live in Buenos Aires

Review by Michael Jacobson

Director:  Michael Sarna
Audio:  Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Stereo
Video:  Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Studio:  Image Entertainment
Features:  Bonus Track
Length:  95 Minutes
Release Date:  March 6, 2007


Concert ***1/2

God, I needed this.

Megadeth: That One Night showcases a classic metal band in a thunderous return to form, live in front of rabid fans in Buenos Aires.  It’s an hour and a half of in-your-face, no prisoners blistering rock and roll:  loud, raw, and unapologetic.  And I loved every minute of it.

Hard to believe that 20 years ago, I was one of a nation filled with restless, paranoid, malcontented youths who found in Dave Mustaine’s bone crunching anthems a soundtrack to keep our disaffected spirits burning with a fury.  Now I’m a settled 37 year old, engaged, play in a jazz band, and am as conservative as they come.  But damn, I still get a charge out of Megadeth.

Mustaine has gone through some changes as well…he’s cleaned up his personal act and managed to come back from a nerve injury in his arm that left him unable to play and caused him to pull the plug on the band.  But thanks to determination, plenty of rehab, and a conversion to Christianity, he came back ready to prove that metal wasn’t dead.  Nor had it even quieted down.

The band has changed a lot over the years, and the new lineup of Glen Drover on guitar, Shawn Drover on drums and James MacDonough on bass proved as good or better than any of Mustaine’s incarnations.  These 18 songs show a group with no sign of slowing down, and offer proof as to why they were one of metal’s most indelible acts through the 80s and 90s.

What’s even more awe inspiring is the crowd…I’ve never seen an audience actually sing the guitar parts back to the band.  But these guys do, and the sound they make with Megadeth is thrilling and chilling.  Even the normally brooding and grim Mustaine manages a smile here and there.  It’s nice to see.

Though there are a couple of tracks from their ‘comeback’ album The System is Broken (“Blackmail the Universe”, “Kick the Chair”, “Something That I’m Not”), there are plenty of classics to go around, from the unshakable anthems like “Wake Up Dead”, “Hanger 18” and “In My Darkest Hour” to slightly lighter fare like “Coming Home” and Dave’s own testament to his new faith, “I’ll Be There”.  “Set the World Afire” is just as blazing as you remember, as is the raucous “Holy Wars”.  “Symphony of Destruction” is a real show stopper.

There are some lights and a big video screen, but nothing too gaudy.  These guys let the music do most of the talking, and Dave and Glen’s guitar work is more spectacular than any fireworks show.  It’s great to see Mustaine doing what he does best again.

That One Night plays like a long, loud love letter to Megadeth fans everywhere.  And I have a feeling fans will be returning that love with interest for a long time to come.

Video ***

This anamorphic transfer from Image is very satisfying.  Images are generally sharp and clear throughout, though the frequent low lighting lends to a smidgeon of unavoidable grain from time to time.

Audio ****

Whether Dolby or DTS, this disc is loud, loud, LOUD.  There are some cool stereo and front-to-rear panning effects with the twin guitars, and the crowd response is thunderous enough to make you feel like you’re in the front row.

Features *

The only extra is an alternate version of “Symphony of Destruction”.


Megadeth: That One Night is a dose of therapy for us aging, increasingly conservative fans, but also packs enough manic energy to bring about a new cult of younger fans as well.  It’s great to see these guys back.

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