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Sean Harris: Allure Of The Gigantour

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Sean Harris
Boy, when the bands were announced months in advance for this year’s installment of Gigantour, it looked rather alluring. At least until they mentioned the four other bands playing with Megadeth and Black Label Society.

The prospect of interviewing Zakk Wylde again was more than enough to warrant attending and lo and behold, I was allowed the wonderful distinction of being in Father Zakk’s presence once again

What really got me about this whole tour was the reaction to the bands, precluding the headliners. Everyone and their mother has jammed out to the ‘Deth and BLS at one point but when it comes to the likes of HellYeah, Newsted, Device and Death Division, the fans weren’t having much of it and rightfully so. 

1. Death Division

Want to know why they’re on this tour? Dave Mustaine’s son, Justis, manages the band. Boring Hollywood “metal” that was a pre-cursor of things to come. 

2. Newsted

Jason Newsted. Only one claim to fame: Being the guy that could not wear Cliff Burton’s bass guitar strap. Recently released Heavy Metal Music can’t overtake 1991’s Black Album on the charts.

Unfortunately (for some) he had walking pneumonia and was unable to play the show I was at. So sad…in many ways.

3. HellYeah

Seriously Vinnie Paul?! You were in fucking Pantera. PANTERA! Rex and Phil did Down, you and Dime did Damageplan. What was your decision to carry on in the music business after his death? 

HellYeah. 

Hell Fucking No.

Before I get to the last opener, my recent interview with Mr. Wylde was amazing. I chilled on the BLS tour bus and shot the shit with my buddy. At least I like to think he is. He regaled me with knee slapping stories about how Ozzy had no idea who Aleister Crowley was, how he thinks Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are two up and coming bands to watch out for and of course his commitment to his usage of rouge, eyeliner and fishnet stockings for every show. 

That man is a god among us. Pay your respects the next time the Black Label family comes to your chapter.

4. Device

Oh Device. This must have been Dave Draiman’s train of thought. Oops, I just remembered…

“HMM PEOPLE STILL LIKE DISTURBED. THEY’LL ALWAYS LOVE ME BECAUSE I’M DAVE FUCKING DRAIMAN. I’M GONNA PUT TOGETHER A SIDE PROJECT, RELEASE SOME UNRELEASED DISTURBED TRACKS THAT WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE ANY OF THE ALBUMS, THEN CALL US DEVICE. THAT’LL SELL RECORDS.”

The only thing you sold is your humility. I would be downright embarrassed to be in that band. 

You know who else is embarrassed to have Draiman around? Megadeth. They had a chat a while back where fans could talk online to the aforementioned Draiman. When people were informed of this, the hate started spewing.

Gigantour Facebook page states, “Want to chat with Device’s Dave Draiman while he fills you in on Gigantour?” 

Jose: “No.”

Chris: “Dave Draiman sucks. Get over it.”

Justin: “Device is kitty bitch teenie bopper bullshit.”

Zach: “When is Device gonna realize they suck ass and split up?”

John: “Freebird!”

I can go on and on. Long story short, Megadeth took the post off their page.  

And you thought Super Collider was bad…