Any metalhead worth his salt would salivate at the chance of seeing Death live, albeit without Chuck Schuldiner. Last Wednesday, I had the immense good fortune to see Death live at the Rickshaw theatre in Vancouver with some of my closest friends. It turned out to not be the reunion of metalheads that I’d expected, but those guys from a decade ago are probably all married with kids and unable to come out on a weeknight, or something…
The Death lineup was
Max Phelps – as Chuck v2, bearing a striking resemblance to Chuck and nailing the guitar parts
Gene Hoglan on drums, always good to see Gene again, it’s been too long
Steve DiGiorgio on his mighty fretless bass
Bobby Koelble on second guitar
Fairly classic and a mix of Death members from all eras. Something for everyone was the motif of the night and Death pulled it off well.
The setlist was pretty spectacular, with at least one track off each album, with the exception of the Control Denied album. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers. WIthout further ado, here’s the setlist for Death from the Death to All show at the Rickshaw on Nov 19, 2014.
In Human Form
Lack of Comprehension
Flattening of Emotions
Bite the Pain
Pull the Plug
The night ended, and another legendary band was checked off the list. Not just any old band but the mighty Death. It’s precious few bands indeed that have entire genres named after them. Schuldinerus Requiescat in Pace!