MEGADETH And SLAYER Perform In Moscow; Photos, Video Available

MEGADETH and SLAYER played the second show of the "European Carnage" tour last night (Tuesday, March 15) at Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Check out photos from The MetalList, Darkside.

MEGADETH's setlist was as follows:

01. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
02. Hangar 18
03. Wake Up Dead
04. In My Darkest Hour
05. She-Wolf
06. Skin O' My Teeth
07. A Tout Le Monde
08. How The Story Ends
09. Tornado Of Souls
10. Trust
11. Head Crusher
12. Sweating Bullets
13. Symphony Of Destruction
14. Peace Sells (with "Holy Wars" reprise)

SLAYER's setlist was as follows:

01. World Painted Blood
02. Hate Worldwide
03. War Ensemble
04. Postmortem
05. Hallowed Point
06. Dead Skin Mask
07. Silent Scream
08. The Antichrist
09. Americon
10. Payback
11. Mandatory Suicide
12. Temptation
13. South Of Heaven
14. Raining Blood
15. Black Magic
16. Angel Of Death

Check out fan-filmed video footage below.

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine revealed during an online chat in November with members of the band's official fan club, Cyber Army (formerly MegaFanClub), that MEGADETH had "five songs almost finished" for its next studio album. Mustaine was also scheduled to go over the new material at the band's Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California with engineer Ken Eisennagel, who previously worked with MEGADETH during the pre-production phase for 2009's "Endgame" and 2007's "United Abominations" CDs.

Mustaine said in a recent interview that MEGADETH's new album is shaping up to be "more like 'Endgame', maybe sticking in that vein and going a little forward toward what I like."

Speaking to Australia's FasterLouder, Mustaine said he preferred "Endgame"'s more aggressive moments. "We were forced, in a way, to have to do certain things and it's really easy for me to blame somebody, but at the end of the day it was my fault, I could have said no, but I didn't," he said. "I was nervous that we were going to end up getting kicked off the label. I figured I would rather go underground and play what I like, and not sell as many records, but still be able to look myself in the face in the morning."

SLAYER returned to the live stage on March 4 at the Melbourne stop of Australia's Soundwave traveling festival less than a week after the band's frontman Tom Araya was hospitalized because he was suffering from what his wife said was "vertigo due to extreme dehydration and lack of rest."

SLAYER was forced to cancel its appearance at the Sydney, Australia stop of the Soundwave festival on February 27 as a result of Araya's illness.

SLAYER is currently on the road without founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who underwent emergency surgery on his right arm in January after contracting a serious infection, possibly caused by a spider bite. He is now recuperating at home and is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to the SLAYER lineup as soon as he has fully recovered.

Hanneman's temporary replacement for the Soundwave festival and current European tour is Gary Holt from veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS.

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