Photo of Dave Mustaine of Megadeth performing at Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC, Canada on April 28th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

Live Review: Megadeth + Bullet For My Valentine + ONI @ Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford – April 28th 2023

On the night of April 28th, 2023, Abbotsford Centre was the place to be for metalheads as ONI and Bullet For My Valentine opened for the legendary Megadeth.

ONI performing at Abbotsford Centre on April 28th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

ONI set the stage ablaze with their high energy and dark ambiance, delivering a heavy and intense performance that got the crowd warmed up. Their music was loaded with haunting riffs and roaring solos, accentuated by the shadows cast over the stage.

Next up, Bullet For My Valentine came out with an explosion of fiery energy, showcasing their impressive showmanship and aggression. Their performance was a mix of classic and new tracks that left the crowd wanting more.

Matthew Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine performing at Abbotsford Centre on April 28th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

As for Megadeth, the crowd went wild as Dave Mustaine and his current touring roster, consisting of James LoMenzo, Kiko Loureiro, and Dirk Verbeuren, took the stage. The band kicked off their set with “Hangar 18,” and the energy level in the arena immediately skyrocketed. Megadeth played with unmatched precision and passion, shredding those guitars with ease and delivering their timeless hits. The band played classics like “Peace Sells,” “Symphony of Destruction,” and “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due,” as well as newer tracks like “Conquer or Die!” and “Dystopia.” Dave’s commanding stage presence and remarkable musicianship were on full display as he bantered with the crowd, telling a few jokes between songs. The video walls lining the back of the stage were full of vivid, fast-paced imagery that complemented each song and brought the whole show together.

Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth performing at Abbotsford Centre on April 28th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

The crowd was thrilled to see Dave and the band in top form, and their excitement reached a fever pitch as the set progressed. The guitar solos were especially jaw-dropping, and it was clear that the audience was completely absorbed in the music. Mustaine’s guitar work was, as always, awe-inspiring, but it was the band’s overall chemistry and dynamic performance that made the show unforgettable. Dave Mustaine’s vocals were as powerful as ever, and he commanded the stage with a level of intensity that few performers can match. The crowd’s adoration for him was palpable, and it was evident that the band’s music had been a significant part of many attendees’ lives.

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth performing at Abbotsford Centre on April 28th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

In conclusion, the Abbotsford Centre was the perfect venue for Megadeth’s concert, with ONI and Bullet For My Valentine putting on excellent shows. However, it was Megadeth’s performance that truly shone, with their tight musicianship, compelling visuals, and unforgettable setlist leaving a lasting impression on all in attendance. The band’s current touring roster is undoubtedly a formidable one, and they showed that they are still at the top of their game. The crowd left the arena satisfied and exhilarated, grateful for the opportunity to witness such a legendary band in action.

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