Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer in Louisville

October 12, 2010

Louisville, KY – Freedom Hall

Yeeessssiir, it’s time for another ROAD TRIP!!

Since these guys weren’t going to drive down to me and do a show in Nashville  (the NERVE!…..just kidding) , I decided to head up I-65 from Nashville to give them a hard time about it.  I had met Dave Mustaine briefly several years ago when they performed a show at The Riviera in Chicago but recently, we have been emailing each other on Shure related business.  It’s great to have that direct connection with the Artist to build the relationship.

I left Nashville at about 11:30 Central and arrived in Louisville a little after 3:00 pm Eastern (yep, lost that hour on the way up, but I’ll get it back on the way home!)  Megadeth was almost done with their soundcheck.  I met up with FOH Engineer Doug Short and we headed backstage to say hello to the band.  Dave Mustaine and I shook hands and began to talk about our relationship.  We talked about doing more promotional things together and working as a team to help each other.  It was great to spend a good amount of time with a legend in the Metal music world and talk about many things.  He was a very accommodating host.   He even played me a taste of some of the new music they have been working on while on the road.  Can’t wait to hear the new record – their latest, Endgame, is killer!

I found out that the band had taken a tour of the Louisville Slugger plant and had some custom monogrammed bats made (picture below).

After the soundchecks, Doug showed me their drummers’ kit with Shure Beta 56’s and 52’s internally mounted in his toms and kick drums.  The sound, of course, was thunderous.

I was able to say HI to Joey Belladonna with Anthrax as well as Kerry King with Slayer.
Anthrax took the stage first playing some of their fan favorites.  Next up was Megadeth and then Slayer.  I met with Kerry’s tech Armand, who loves the UHF-R for Kerry’s guitars.  He’s using 4 channels and 7 beltpacks for this tour.

I headed back to Megadeth’s dressing room part way through Slayer’s set. Dave and I talked for a good 30-45 minutes more about many topics.  He asked me if I needed anything for my 3 hour drive back home – coffee, food, whatever?  He had a runner go out and get me a couple of Starbucks cold coffee’s.  How cool!   He also had one of his production crew put together a nice package of power bars and fruit for my trip.  Thanks Ricki! (Not sure of the spelling of her name, but she was very accommodating)

I loaded back into the Shure PT Cruiser and headed back south.  My iPod kept me awake the whole trip – a little Megadeth, Domenica, Israel Houghton, the Blues Brothers, Huey Lewis & the News, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall & Oates, Michelle Branch, Andy Williams and some Johnny Mathis.    (Feel free to Google some of these artists. Some you know, some you may not.  They are all great and continue to shape me as a musician)

Thanks to all of the artists and crews on this tour.  Everyone was very personable and I had a great evening!

Now it’s nap time!  🙂

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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